Earlier this month, we took a look around Boston for some of the most inventive turkey dishes on restaurant menus. But sometimes you want to keep things simple: so herewith, a guide to some of the best turkey sandwiches in town. Each has a twist, all are top of the flock.
Pauli’s: This North End sandwich shop, known for creative and awesomely overstuffed sandwiches, is offering its Gobbler for November only: turkey, lettuce, cranberries, housemade stuffing and cranberry mayo. You'll need the jaws of life to pry your mouth open wide enough. That's a beautiful thing (857-284-7064).
Parish: Of course we love the concept of this gourmet sandwich shop with branches in the Back Bay and South End: each menu item is concocted by a different local chef. Our favorite might be the Zuni Roll, a warm flour tortilla filled with smoked turkey breast, bacon, scallions, dill Havarti cheese and cranberry chipotle sauce (617-391-0501).
Tryst: Over in Arlington, this New American puts the squeeze on a stellar pressed turkey sandwich. It has gooey melted Swiss cheese, smoked bacon, rosemary aïoli and apple-cranberry relish (781-641-2227).
Blunch: This small, secret spot in the South End, only open until 4 PM, is a big hit for those who know it - and can make it over during the limited hours. If you can, stop by for The Colonial, a sammie of smoked turkey breast, cucumbers, Swiss cheese and berry preserves (617-247-8100).
Sam LaGrassa's: A Financial District star, this 40-year-old family tradition (that touts itself as offering the "world's best sandwiches") has added a fall special: the Apple Stuffed Turkey Sandwich, with housemade cranberry sauce, baked apple stuffing and mayo on sourdough bread (617-357-6861).
Michael's Deli: He may dub himself the "corned beef king," but the man behind this New York-style deli in Brookline throws together some mean turkey sandwiches too: like the fantastic Sandy (smoked turkey, herb cheese and apricot chutney spread) and the Jordan Rich (turkey breast, chopped liver and Russian dressing) to name a few (617-738-3354).
Mike & Patty's: This tiny Bay Village sandwich hideaway gets everything right. But among our favorites is the Turkey Reuben or Rachael: smoked turkey with Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and kraut (Rueben) or slaw (Rachael) on rye (617-423-3447).