Sam Lagrassa’s Roast Beef

February 22, 2010

Roast Beef

This could be the king of roast beef in Boston.  I dare someone, no I triple dog dare someone to present me with a better roast beef sandwich.

Au Jus would be wasted on this guy here.  The roast beef is dripping with flavor.  The tender warms my heart.  Talking about the rest of the sandwich would be like asking Da Vinci what he thought about last week’s episode of Lost.

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El Oriental de Cuba

February 22, 2010
Cubano

Cubano

I’ve had some trouble writing this entry.  This sandwich was excellent, but I can’t find the appropriate words to describe the pleasure I got from consuming this masterpiece.  I should probably start by telling you a bit about what I got.  I got a cuban ($7.95) from El Oriental de Cuba in Jamaica Plain.  Convincing my roommate to drive for what had been described to me as the best Cuban in the city was not particularly difficult, in fact it was really easy.  Getting there was a breeze.  Waiting in line didn’t bother me, driving home was kind of annoying.  Stopping at the liquor store almost drove me nuts.

Once I got home I sat down and dug in.  This particular Cuban was a good size, not too large, but certainly not small, I ordered a pretty basic sandwich.  Lettuce, mustard, pickles and onions were the only extras I ordered, I decided to keep this one [relatively] simple.  You may have realized that I like to point out the real star of my sandwiches.  This sandwich had co-stars.  The pork (as expected) and the bread.

This bread was warm.  It was soft, but crusty on the outside.  It held up to the challenge of the mustard and pork grease.  The bread was perfect.  The pork was flavorful, and there sure was plenty of it.  The ham, the ham did what it needed to do, added a little saltiness, and balanced out the flavors.

This was a good sandwich.  One of the best I’ve had so far.

Pizzi Farms’ John Deere

February 20, 2010

John Deere

My lunch today came all the way from Waltham, MA (kindly picked up and hand delivered by my roommates).

The main attraction is the baked chicken cutlet, which I mistook for fried!.  Expertly cooked, juicy, and flavorful.  I’m sure you’ve eaten a generic chicken cutlet before.  Trust me, this is not one of those.  This cutlet is as close to perfection as I’ve come across in recent memory.  If this beautiful cutlet wasn’t enough, the sandwich continues with layers of fresh sliced black forest ham, shredded lettuce, melted provolone, thin sliced tomato and the right amount of ranch dressing.

The sesame roll held this flavor powerhouse well, and convinced me that I’ll need to try another sandwich from Pizzi Farms.  This may be the best sandwich I’ve come across thus far on my journey.

Doner Kebab Wrap

February 20, 2010

Doner Kebab

I have a serious problem with this wrap.  Sure, it was delicious, and to say it was stuffed with meat and veggies would be a gross understatement, yeah it only cost $6.75 and the delivery was fast, but my problems lie elsewhere.  My problems lie specifically with the structural integrity of this “wrap”.  I eagerly removed the foil from my freshly delivered wrap, only to have it crumble to bits in my hands.  My wrap quickly went from sandwich to salad, and last time I checked, I didn’t order a damn salad.

Now I can’t complain about the flavors, as previously stated it was delicious,  standard variety of doner/gyro veggies were good, as usual, the meat was the obvious star of this wrap.

I would order this again, but I would not order it expecting a good wrap.

Pork Gyro

February 19, 2010
From Zo

Gyro from Zo

Wow.  Wow is the most appropriate way to describe this creation.

This is one of the better Gyros I’ve encountered around here, and trust me when I say this, we will meet again.  Zo does a fantastic job putting these fairly priced ($6.75) gyro together.  The thick, soft pita is stuffed with raw onion, tomato and plenty of thin sliced pork.  It’s doused in an extra creamy tzatziki sauce, much thicker than I’m used to (definitely a good thing).  I was especially happy when I got to the end of my gyro and noticed that barely anything had fallen out.  I’m a sucker for a sturdy sandwich.

There isn’t much more to say about this little masterpiece.  I’m incredibly satisfied with today’s lunch decision and I will certainly have to make a return trip.

Steak Tip Sub

February 19, 2010

Neighborhood spot

This is a good sub.  It’s a steak tip (med rare) on a toasted bun with a generous helping of some peppery/sweet bbq sauce and plenty of peppers & onions.  These tips are delicious.  They’re certainly good quality meat, not too chewy at all.

I love watching my steak tips being cooked to order, I hate watching the guy manning the grill plop a bunch of tips that have clearly been cooked for hours onto the grill and heating them up.  These were cooked right in front of me at a new pizza place called Al Pacino’s which is the newest place in a revolving door of failed pizza places in a remote end of Brighton (38 Brooks St if you’re interested).

This sub works.  At $7.50 for a good sized large, I have no complaints.  Al Pacino’s served up my sub exactly how I asked and quickly at that!

Chicken Kebab

February 18, 2010

Chicken Kebab from Karo

The first stop on my sandwich journey was a well-known Cart in Downtown Boston.  I’d heard whispers of it being the best street vendor in the city, and while that is certainly arguable, my lunch was fantastic.  For a mere $5.50 I got myself the chicken kebab wrap you see above (hopefully as this blog progresses, my photographic skills will too).

This wrap had some aspects I loved, others I liked, but nothing that stood out as bad.  The chicken was a bit dry, but that dryness was quickly countered by a delicious, thick and creamy dressing.  The wrap was stuffed with vegetables, lettuce, tomato, carrot and peppers along with a small (possibly the perfect) amount of feta cheese.  The hot peppers scattered liberally about the wrap complimented the chicken perfectly.  The pita bread itself was good, it was soft and fresh, all it needed to be.

This wrap can get messy and I wouldn’t recommend eating it on the go, but it was certainly a great choice for lunch today.

Welcome

February 18, 2010

The Sandwich, an art form that dates back thousands of years.  Tracing such a history back to its origin would be impossible task.  How were these ancient peoples to know of the  impending legacy that they would eventually inspire?  From the ancient Jews to their Pagan brethren, anywhere bread was made, a sandwich existed.  Unnamed people throughout history have  used a magical combination of  human intuition, creative prowess and the unstoppable drive for something new to give us such the massive variety of sandwiches we are lucky enough to have today.    The understated genius of these ancient artisans will hold true for as long as human beings exist.

The journey I’m about to embark on is focused.  I have a clear goal.  To find the best sandwiches in Boston and its surrounding areas.  I’m looking for everything, a Panini, a wrap or a club.  I’m looking inspired artistic food that will properly emote my feelings towards the sandwich.  I’m looking for something old and comforting, as well as something new and exciting.  I’m looking for a great sandwich.

My name is Josh.  I love to eat.  Welcome to my journey.