Food fads come and go, but there’s a reason the sandwich has endured. Portable, simple and all-out delicious, there’s no better way to enjoy your favorite fixings than between two pillowy slices of bread. When you need an amazing sandwich, there are plenty of places across Massachusetts that can deliver and then some. Check out these great spots to grab an unbelievable sandwich close to home.
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1. Roast Beef 1000 at Cutty's, Brookline
Cutty's has been featured in everything from Food Network shows to Eater magazine. It may not be hidden, but it's still a true gem. This place known for their authentic Italian sandwiches. While many devotees swoon over their classic "Spuckie" sandwich (fennel salami, hot capicola, mortadella,
mozzarella, olive-carrot salad, ciabatta), the unsung hero of the menu is definitely the Roast Beef 1000, which comes with slow-roasted beef, crispy shallots, 1000 island and sharp cheddar on a brioche bun. (284 Washington Street, Brookline)
2. Grilled Cheese at BirchTree Bread Company, Worcester
The foundation of every good sandwich is great bread, and this place knows a thing or two about great bread. Their grilled cheese is the perfect marriage of savory, salty and sweet. Served on coriander raisin bread, you get a gooey helping of Cabot extra-sharp cheddar and apple mostarda that will make you melt. (138 Green Street,
Ste 5, Worcester)
3. Deli Sub at D'Agnostino's, Arlington
Dag’s is nothing fancy, but that’s why it’s the best. An old-fashioned deli that’s family-owned, serving up knockout sandwiches at great prices. Take a number and try not to drool while you wait for your sub. They’ll throw together pretty much any combination of fillings you like, and it’s guaranteed to be delicious. (1297 Massachusetts Ave,
4. Lobster Roll at the Clam Box of Ipswich, Ipswich
Thrillist featured the Clam Box lobster roll on their round-up of the best sandwiches in America, and we'd have to agree. Smothered in rich butter and served on a perfectly toasted bun, this seafood sandwich is pure decadence.
5. Grilled Black Forest Ham Sandwich at The Corner Store, Chatham
Cape Codders love to pack a few sandwiches and head to the water, and The Corner Store has been a beloved sandwich dealer for years. Try the Grilled Black Forest Ham sandwich with Vermont cheddar, green apple and honey mustard. This place also lets you cobble together your own burrito or panini, so bring your creativity. (1403 Old Queen Anne Road, Chatham)
6. The Kaitlyn at The Linden Store, Wellesley
There are plenty of sandwiches to love at this unassumig Wellesley deli and catering shop. Some adore the Hot BBQ Roast Beef sandwich, while others opt for the light and lovely Kaitlyn, which comes with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil and roasted red peppers, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, served on a house-baked baguette. Delectable.
7. Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich at Riff's North, Turners Falls
If you're looking for a great-tasting sandwich that's basically 70% fried chicken, this is it. Riff's is an easy going spot that offers tons of satisfying bar food and a comfortable atmosphere. This is no gourmet sandwich – it's sloppy, fun and sure to fill you up. They also have great local beers on tap, so you can wash down all that chicken with something hoppy. (166 Ave A,
8. Kellys' Roast Beef, Revere
What sort of sandwich list would this be without a nod to Kelly’s Roast Beef. This one needs no introduction, but in case you’ve been living under a rock, Kelly’s has been crafting delicious roast beef sandwiches since 1951. They’re a Massachusetts institution, and their claim to fame is the perfectly cooked meat that has kept four generations of Bay Staters coming back. (410 Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere)
9. The Brie and Bacon Panini with Fig Jam at Bloomy Rind, Hingham
Bloomy Rind is all about cheese, and everything they do is based on delivering impeccable fare with a strong emphasis on delicious cheesy goodness. The brie and bacon panini with fig jam has the perfect balance of salty and sweet. It feels like a gourmet meal, but you'll be charmed by the laid-back atmosphere and friendly owners of this small shop.
10. The Plymouth Rock at KKatie's Burger Bar, Plymouth
When it comes to sandwiches, burgers are rather their own breed. Still, it felt only right to include this magnificent creation from KKatie's Burger Bar in Plymouth. Piled high with crispy cherry wood smoked bacon, American cheese, crispy onion rings and KKatie’s special sauce, this sandwich is fit for a very hungry Pilgrim. (38 Main Street Extension, Plymouth)