Best Sandwich in Boston

2015 Best Sandwich, Roast Beef

Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions

Waltham

Hold the James River barbecue sauce, American cheese, and extra mayo. Accented by horseradish crema, fontina, and onion marmalade, Moody’s slow-cooked-beef sando may not be traditional, but it sure is…Read More

2015 Best Sandwich

Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria

Boston

Generously sized and threaded with feather-light layers of mortadella, Genoa salami, prosciutto di Parma, provolone, and the requisite pickled accessories, Monica’s Italian sub won both our hearts and our stomachs…Read More

2014 Best Sandwich, Breakfast

Mike and Patty's

Boston

Patience is a virtue at this tiny Bay Village eatery, where the waits are long but the breakfast sammies—from griddled eggs with avocado, bacon, and a spicy special sauce to…Read More

2014 Best Sandwich

Strip-T’s

Watertown

After trying the kitchen’s chicken ” pho real” sandwich—with Thai basil, avocado, bean sprouts, and hoisin and sriracha sauces on a French baguette—we sat up at attention. Then came the…Read More

2013 Best Sandwich

Parish Cafe

Boston

This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners…Read More

2013 Best Sandwich

Cutty’s

Brookline

After 40 years of Best of Boston, it takes a lot to shock us. But if you told us that we would eat a sandwich that doesn’t even have meat—Cutty’s…Read More

2012 Best Sandwich

Cutty’s

Brookline

This Brookline Village spot refers to itself as “Home of the skillfully crafted sandwich.” Every entry on the menu, from the meat to the condiments to the bread selection—is obsessively…Read More

2011 Best Sandwich

Cutty’s

Brookline

It may be heretical to say this in Brookline, but here goes: Go ye on the Sabbath to Cutty’s and get yourself some pork. The Saturday special pork sandwiches, to…Read More

2008 Best Sandwich

Hot Off the Press Café

Cambridge

That sandwiches are better toasted is a given—consider, for example, the unfailing success of the grilled cheese. This Central Square café understands the power of the press, turning otherwise competent…Read More

2008 Best Sandwich

Hot Off the Press Café

Cambridge

That sandwiches are better toasted is a given—consider, for example, the unfailing success of the grilled cheese. This Central Square café understands the power of the press, turning otherwise competent…Read More

2007 Best Sandwich

All Star Sandwich Bar

Cambridge

Putting potato chips in a sandwich, we’d heard of. But until the All Star Sandwich Bar came along and demonstrated what it means to really experiment with the medium, we…Read More

2002 Best Sandwich, Gourmet

Flour Bakery + Café

Boston

College dudes and little old ladies alike line up for Joanne Chang’s masterpieces, but one creation stands crust and center above the rest: her sandwiches. Bite into a brie, arugula,…Read More

2002 Best Sandwich, Takeout

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Boston

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…Read More

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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…Read More

1995 Best Sandwich, Meat

Artu

Boston

Artu’s sandwiches are big, bold, and meaty. The roast lamb is overflowing with succulent, thinly slices meat, enough for two meals. The fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and prosciutto is an…Read More

1995 Best Sandwich, Vegetarian

Garden of Eden

Boston

We’d happily betray Adam for the namesake sandwich of this South End gourmet shop: mesclun, thinly sliced apples, red onions, and crumbled blue cheese drizzled with a marvelous Dijon mustard…Read More

1994 Best Sandwich, Neighborhood

Garden of Eden

Boston

With seven sumptuous sandwiches named after South End streets, you may have trouble choosing just one. Our favorite: The Union Park a stack of moist chicken breast, melted Swiss cheese,…Read More

1993 Best Sandwich

Parish Cafe

Boston

With sandwiches created by Boston’s best chefs (Jasper White, Lydia Shire, Jody Adams), how can you go wrong?

1992 Best Sandwich, Falafel

Shawarma King

Boston

The gold standard for falafel. And the shawarma’s great, too…Read More

1992 Best Sandwich

Bentonwood Bakery/Cafe

Newton Centre

Great sandwich bread (their own), great sandwich fixings—what more could you want? How about one in your neighborhood?

1990 Best Sandwich, Chicken Salad

Cafe de Paris

Boston

It’s amazing how something so simple can be so good…Read More

1989 Best Sandwich, Pastrami

Stan Salter’s Village Deli

West Roxbury

Salter’s is a little tough to find. Okay, it’s real tough to find. But this deli’s Romanian pastrami is worth all the time it takes. And it’s not that tough…Read More

1986 Best Sandwich

The Classico, at Marcella’s

Cambridge

Provolone, prosciutto, capicolla, and sweet-and-sour red peppers stacked high and bathed in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Big enough for two…Read More

1983 Best Sandwich, Steak Sub

Frank’s

Somerville

Great working-class food in one of Boston’s last great working-class suburb…Read More

1981 Best Sandwich

Formaggio

Cambridge

Celery rémoulade, ratatouille, brie, and imported meats are all part of the standard fare…Read More

1980 Best Sandwich, Made-to-Order

Provisions

Boston

Their bread might well be the best, too, and the fillings—from pâté to spiced chicken salad—are excellent…Read More

1978 Best Sandwich

Croutes au Fromage at Swiss Alps

Cambridge

Crusty French bread is soaked in dry white wine, covered with slabs of Swiss and Gruyere, and baked; it sizzles to your table with a fried egg aboard…Read More

1977 Best Sandwich, Eggplant Grinder

Natick Pizza Palace

Natick

<p>Spyridon Ganas’s breaded, cheesed, and fried eggplant topped with pepper and provolone and baked in a crisp sub roll is worth the trip. Eleven inches of vegetarian junk food for…Read More

1976 Best Sandwich, Submarine

Ray’s Submarine Sandwich Shop

Cambridge

Each time Ray makes a sub, Earl Butz announces a national shortage of deli meats. Big! You’d better believe it. But surprisingly expensive…Read More

1975 Best Sandwich, Submarine

Angelina’s

Everett

As everyone knows, Everett is the home of the American sub, and Angelina’s is the place that sub-lovers come to. The Jumbo feeds three Bruins or six normal human beings,…Read More

1974 Best Sandwich, Reuben

Ha’Penny Pub

Cambridge

Layers of beef and bread united in taste with melted rich cheese…Read More

1974 Best Sandwich, Subs

Yellow Submarine

Boston

Yellow Submarine, convenient to Beacon Hill, might look like just another greasy spoon, but don’t be fooled by appearances. The subs are superb…Read More

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