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8 Boston Sandwiches You Have To Try Before You Die

April 22, 2017

I’m a girl of simple tastes. My idea of a great meal is a big, thick sandwich on fresh baked bread accompanied by a generous handful of fries and a frosty chocolate milkshake. While Boston has no shortage of drool-worthy sub shops and sandwich joints, have you ever wondered where to find the best of the best? The most life-altering, all-encompassing, forget-all-your-problems-for-a-few-minutes hand-held bits of heaven truly worthy of the name “heroes”?

Well, You’re in luck! These 8 sandwiches made Thrillist’s Boston Food Bucket List!

1. The Double Awesome, Mei Mei’s Food Truck

Two runny poached eggs, pasture-raised cottage bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, your choice of ham or turkey, topped with pesto made fresh from local greens and wrapped up in a scallion pancake. You’ll be chasing this food truck through downtown Boston to buy seconds!

2. Rumanian Pastrami, Sam LaGrassa’s

Sam LaGrassa’s in Downtown Crossing is famous for its Rumanian pastrami sandwich made with seasoned and smoked house-cooked, dry-cured beef, light rye bread and Swiss.

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3. Italian Grinder, Coppa Enoteca

This massive two-hander is fully loaded with house-cured salami, prosciutto, and mortadella, provolone, pickled cherry peppers, oil, and vinegar. A South End favorite!

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4. Lobster Sandwich, Alive & Kicking Lobsters

Lobster lovers rejoice! This sandwich is simple yet tasty. Jam-packed with fresh, lightly dressed lobster meat between two pieces of toasted scali bread.

Hello lobster sandwich!! #aliveandkickinglobsters #cambridge #sogood #lunch

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5. Torta, Tenoch Mexican

These crusty telere sandwiches are piled high with your choice of meat, beans, chipotle mayo, pickled onions, avocado, and melted Oaxaca cheese. A delicious alternative to those played out burritos!

No mams!!! Me encontré el cielo cerca del trabajo. Y mi torta de adobada sabe a gloria!!

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6. Atomic Meatloaf Meltdown, All Star Sandwich Bar

This spicy little sammy gets its kick from Inner Beauty Hot Sauce. The  meatloaf is house-grilled then smothered in Jack cheese and red onion jam on thick grilled sourdough bread.

Hello, old friend. #atomicmeatloaf #mathemeatloaf #allstar #fatkid #friyay #inmansquare #cambridge #foodie

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7. Crispy Oyster Sliders, Island Creek Oyster Bar

Head to Kenmore Square for this local favorite appetizer. Salty oysters deep fried in a light, homemade batter and served on mini brioche rolls then topped with lime chile aioli.

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8. Roast Beef 1000, Cutty’s

Naming any roast beef sandwich the best in Boston is a daring claim, but Cutty’s Roast Beef 1000 may just deserve the title. House-roasted meat, crispy shallots, and sharp cheddar drizzled with Thousand Island dressing on a brioche bun – perfection.

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