Best Sandwiches in Boston

May 12, 2015
by Zagat Staff

Jonesing for a sandwich? Presenting our top spots in Boston for this favorite lunchtime meal.

Sam LaGrassa's
Downtown · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.3

“Dieters beware” : the corned beef, pastrami and other “outstanding” sandwiches are “enormous” “enough for two people” at this “cozy” Downtown takeout, maybe the “closest thing Boston has to a New York deli” ; open for weekday lunches only, it’s “always packed” , so consider ordering ahead for pickup.
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.1

“Serious sandwiches” come piled with “local-farmed” ingredients arranged into “delicious and imaginative” combinations at this “friendly” Brookline takeout open for breakfast and lunch; the only “downside” is, you’ll need to brave a “busy” scene to get into the “so small” space, though most agree it’s “well worth the wait.”
Roxy's Grilled Cheese & Burgers
Allston · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“You can’t go wrong” with this trendy, “friendly” brick-and-mortar spawn of an Allston food truck, slinger of “absolutely fantastic” grilled cheese sandwiches – many with unique ingredients like avocado and short ribs – that “put all others to shame” by being “made perfectly to order” ; though its colorful decor is “not particularly exceptional” , it does offer craft brews and burgers, unlike the mobile original.
Michael's Deli
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.9

“Delish” sandwiches “you’ll need two hands to hold” are slapped together with “high-quality” ingredients like Bronx-sourced meats at this 1977 New York–style Jewish deli in Brookline; you “don’t go there for atmosphere” , but with “minimal” wait times and inexpensive tabs, it’s a handy “take-out” option.
Mike & Patty's
Breakfast · Bay Village · $

It's worth waiting in the line that spills onto the sidewalk at this tiny Bay Village gem, where early risers and desk jockeys on lunch break fiend for pressed sandwiches creatively loaded with fresh meats, veggies and zesty house sauces. Daily specials are handwritten on paper-plate signage, but several mainstays, like the Breakfast Tort and trussed-up Bacon & Egg Fancy, are now the stuff of local lore.
Breakfast · South End · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

This “popular little joint” in the South End is a daytime “favorite” thanks to “excellent” , “fresh” -pressed sandwiches, breakfast ‘eggwiches’ and “good portions” of other cafe eats (served until 3 PM weekdays and Saturdays); it “gets crowded quickly” , especially with staff from nearby Boston Medical Center, so there’s often “nowhere to sit” – but the staff still seems to “know everyone’s names.”