Best of Boston

BEST Sandwich

2001 BEST Sandwich, Gourmet

Darwin’s Ltd.

Cambridge

Don’t be put off by the big Busch beer sign. Inside, Darwin’s feels like a hip country store with red tin tile walls. Loyal customers from a fast-moving line for sandwich specials such as the Brattle, a combination of smoked… read more»

2001 BEST Sandwich, Deli

Sam LaGrassa’s

Boston

Whether it’s the “Famous Rumanian Pastrami,” simple turkey, or a grilled sandwich, these handmade creations hit the spot every time. Though there are vegetarian options, meat is the focal point of most sandwiches here, particularly the pastrami cooked with brown… read more»

2000 BEST Sandwich, Gourmet

Parish Cafe

Boston

It’s hard to compete with a sandwich joint that’s tapping into the culinary genius of just about every megachef in Boston. Among the delicacies on the roster of almost two dozen sandwiches: Chris Schlesinger’s smoked ham and cheese with mango… read more»

2000 BEST Sandwich, Deli

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Brookline

Oy vey, they’re not supposed to make corned beef or pastrami this good outside of the Lower East Side. Despite the high prices and yuppie decor, Zaftigs is as close as you’ll get in Boston to the traditional Jewish deli… read more»

1999 BEST Sandwich

Parish Cafe

Boston

What if great Boston chefs such as Todd English of Olives, Lydia Shire of Biba, Jody Adams of Rialto, and Chris Schlesigner of East Coast Grill designed sandwiches? Well, they have, and they’re on the menu here, along with other… read more»

1998 BEST Sandwich

Kettle Cafe

Boston

The variety may not be the most extensive, but Kettle Cafe wins the taste test by a mile. In addition to muffins, croissants, and biscotti at the Kettle, there are only five sandwiches, but each of them is guaranteed to… read more»

1997 BEST Sandwich

Parish Cafe

Boston

This bistro doesn’t dub its sandwich selection “The Great Ones” for nothing. Some of the city’s best chefs have contributed recipes for lavishly layered concoctions sure to make your mouth water. Steer clear of the calzone, and instead sink your… read more»

1996 BEST Sandwich, Creative

Parish Cafe

Boston

Truly our town’s most creative sandwiches, designed by area chefs. A sampling: the Chan Chan, a flour tortilla wrapped around duck confit and julienned vegetables designed by David Chan of Ginger Bistro; Diane’s Steak and Blue, blue-cheese bread topped with… read more»

1995 BEST Sandwich, Cuban

Manny’s Pastries

Roslindale

Stuff Cuban bread with roast pork, smoked ham, and Swiss cheese, put it in a sandwich press, and voila—Cuban sandwich heaven. read more»

1995 BEST Sandwich, Ham and Cheese

Black Goose

Boston

Delicious grilled thick slices of honey-baked ham on focaccia, with lettuce, tomato, and Dijon mustard. Comes with a side of potato salad. We’d eat this three times a week and never complain. read more»