Best of Boston

2002 Best Sandwich, Takeout

Nashoba Brook Bakery

A sandwich is only as good as the bread that holds it together, and this mini-chain (the other location is in Concord) takes the prize for bread that’s a perfect canvas for inch-thick masterpieces. Sourdough, seven-grain, rye, rosemary garlic, and pepper jack are just some the bases for the savory curry chicken salad with pecans and grapes, or smoked turkey, avocado, and carrot sandwiches. As the well-trained staff will tell you, bread selections rotate according to the day of the week, so if you’re hankering for a construction of ham, Swiss cheese, caramelized onion, and apple slices on olive bread, make sure to swing by on either a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. At $5.50 each, these sandwiches could become a serious habit.

288 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-236-0777,