Where to Find the Perfect Post-Thanksgiving Sandwich in Greater Boston
Here's where to eat turkey sandwiches (or burgers!) piled high with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other classic Thanksgiving flavors—and you'll even be able to eat some of these throughout the year.
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All Star Sandwich Bar
Available year round on this hip and lively sandwich shop’s menu, the Gobbler is truly Thanksgiving on a sandwich, with herb-roasted turkey, apple-sausage stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry-orange preserves, and mayo, served on rustic white bread. Pair it with the mouth-watering poutine for a comfort-food-laden feast in November or anytime.
1245 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-868-3065, allstarsandwichbar.com.
Beantown Pastrami Company
To the delight of its customers, this Boston Public Market hot spot offers a popular Thanksgiving sandwich complete with roast turkey, house-made stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo. It’s sure to satisfy any post-Thanksgiving hankerings in one fell swoop.
100 Hanover St., Boston, 617-943-0705, beantownpastrami.com.
Boston Burger Company
Thanksgiving sandwich lovers are in luck: This local burger institution—with locations in the Back Bay, Davis Square, and beyond—has two Thanksgiving options this year. There’s November’s burger of the month, 50 Shades of Gravy: a turkey burger layered with sweet potato fries, cranberry sauce, and harvest stuffing (featuring apples, candied walnuts, and Craisins). And if you want even more turkey goodness, you can try the always-available Pilgrim, which was highlighted on Man v. Food. It’s a turkey burger topped with house-made cranberry mayo, stuffing, and American cheese.
1100 Boylston St., Boston, 857-233-4560, and additional locations, bostonburgercompany.com.
Michael’s—which brings its meats in from the Bronx—serves some of the best New York-style deli sandwiches around, and is particularly proud of its corned beef, even dubbing itself the “corned beef king.” But don’t sleep on the Thanksgiving Feast sandwich, layered with hot turkey breast, house-made stuffing, and cranberry sauce. It’s available on your choice of toasted bread. (Need more Thanksgiving? Watch for “krazy knish” holiday specials.)
256 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-738-3354, michaelsdelibrookline.com.
Mike’s City Diner
This beloved South End institution is known for its American diner classics, with huge portions, great prices, and friendly staff. Mike’s Famous Pilgrim sandwich has all the goods—turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, plus a pickle on the side. It’s even earned some national acclaim, including a nod from the Food Network as one of the five best Thanksgiving dishes in America.
1714 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-9393, mikescitydiner.com.
The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery
This family-run restaurant in Union Square offers big portions of homestyle breakfasts and lunches, and this year the team has added Mom and Pop’s Special Thanksgiving Sandwich to the menu for the holiday. Find turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce piled on a house-made roll, with Portuguese fries on the side. It’s a shame it’s not the season to sit on Neighborhood’s cozy patio, but this filling sandwich will add plenty of warmth to the autumn chill.
25 Bow St., Somerville, 617-623-9710, theneighborhoodrestaurant.com.
Pemberton Farms Marketplace
Not just a grocery store, Pemberton Farms also offers a full range of deli sandwiches that are perfect for an on-the-go lunch. Among the offerings? The Mayflower, showcasing roasted turkey breast, sage stuffing, cranberry relish, lettuce, and mayo on sourdough. (Or, start from scratch and build your own turkey sandwich, choosing among a variety of cheeses and other toppings, breads, and condiments.)
2225 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-491-2244, pembertonmarketplace.com.
Known for its huge menu of hearty sandwiches, this restaurant has been feeding hungry Downtown Crossing crowds for more than 50 years. Around this time of year, you’ll often find a tasty post-Thanksgiving sandwich among its daily specials: the Gobbler—turkey, cranberry aioli, sausage cornbread stuffing, and spinach, served on a grilled tortilla wrap.
44 Province St., Boston, 617-357-6861, samlagrassas.com.
Wicked Craft Co.
This North End spot for cocktails, beer, sandwiches, and more offers a killer Thanksgiving-themed sandwich with roasted turkey breast, cranberry chutney, stuffing, gravy, and mayo, served on grilled ciabatta. You’ll even get sides of smashed potatoes with gravy and corn ribs for a full faux holiday meal.
54 Salem St., Boston, 857-315-5953, wickedcraftco.com.
Debuting in Brookline in 1997 (and later expanding to Natick), Zaftigs has long been an area staple for Jewish-style deli classics. The sandwich selection includes a couple of open-faced options, one of which is ideal for Thanksgiving: The Raphel features turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry chutney, all served on toasted challah with gravy.
335 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-975-0075; 1298 Worcester St., Natick, 508-653-4442, zaftigs.com.