Earl Of Sandwich. It’s open, for reals.
Despite the city announcing a November 12 opening, I was there today, November 9. It appeared to be open, unless a bunch of people broke in, took my money, and gave me a couple sandwiches in return.
And I can’t believe I waited all this time for this: a weird, grey roast beef sandwich with an equally weird, old taste. They called it The Original 1762, a roasted beef sandwich with “sharp” cheddar and an extra-weak horseradish sauce.
But Alyk enjoyed her turkey sandwich quite a bit. Recreational muscle relaxants knocked me on my ass, so I wasn’t able to steal a bite before she finished it up.
Will I go back? Not by choice. Alyk really liked her Earl’s Club, so I’m stuck.
UPDATE: It probably wasn’t fair that I visited the place opening day, so I gave it another chance. Again, I won’t be going back. The weird roast beef was still weird, and the chipotle chicken avocado thing was Panera-esque: NVG (not very good). The Earl should stick to airports.
UPDATE 2: Alyk just told me I ordered the wrong things, and she kindly reminded me I need to listen to her. This means I’ll soon have a third update.
Earl of Sandwich
1B Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Boston Common/Beacon Hill
When I visit a sub/pizza shop for the first time, I always order one of two items: a small extra cheese pizza, or a large ham and Swiss (occasionally Provolone) sub with mayo, pickles, & hots. Those two items can tell me everything I need to know about a sandwich shop. Take a wild guess what I ordered at Al’s.
Size, sometimes matters.
Al’s uses fresh, yeasty rolls, Swiss that isn’t pre-wrapped singles (I’ve seen it. Not in Boston, but I’ve seen it), and a perfect hot-pepper relish.
Despite Al’s whining about food trucks and the disingenuous reviews from the douchiest TV show in Boston, I’ll go back most def. The line wasn’t bad, but I read they get pretty long at lunchtime. Lucky for us, each sandwich maker has his or her own complete sandwich station making for fast, efficient service.
Al’s Harvard Square Cafe
1350 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Alyk's meatball sandwich with spinach. It was a daily special, but I forgot the official All Star Sandwich Bar name of this thing. I thought it was ok, but Alyk really like it
Bland, soggy, single-fried fries. Not my favorite. At least they served up a ton of them.
Finally, something that got me excited: the Atomic Meatloaf Meltdown.
They did a great job with the sandwich, but not so much with the slaw. It was watery and bland. Creamy slaw would have been a much-needed, cooling complement to the spicy-hot sandwich
Almost out-of-town because it’s three quarters of a mile from the nearest train station. That’s not a long walk under good conditions, but after dinner in ninety-degree sun,the same trek would be miserable.
All Star Sandwich Bar
1245 Cambridge Street
One of the last nice days for patio dining on Boylston Street
Sean's Meatloaf Club: fork and knife required. This picture doesn't give any sense of scale; it stood at least five inches tall.
Some clown sat on the patio, washing down his fifteen dollar sandwich with a couple cans of PBR. Clearly he could afford better (he bragged how drunk he got last time he went to Parrish Cafe), so I have to assume it was some kind of stupid affectation. What a tool.
361 Boylston Street
Back Bay, Boston
Egg Sandwich Lyonnaise: the lightly toasted bread sopped up the perfectly runny yolks. perfectly.
Grilled Chipotle Pastrami: pastrami, swiss, house-made cole slaw, and chipotle mustard.
Despite the insincere accolades from the clowns at Phantom Phuc-Tard and a segment on Food Network’s Diner, Drive-in, and Douche Bags, I took a walk to DTX for lunch at Sam LaGrassa’s.
Asiago Turkey Sandwich: turkey, pepperjack cheese, chipotle mayo, onion (thin sliced), and roasted peppers,
Alyk and I shared an Asiago Turkey Sandwich and a Chipotle Pastrami Sandwich. Both count on chipotle for flavor and heat, but they serve the Pastrami on a grilled sesame-seed roll and the turkey on a soft Asiago roll. Both are wicked good. I preferred the Pastrami sandwich; it has little more fat and it’s much sweeter than the turkey. It’s an extra-sweet Reuben.
So, the big question:
Will I go back? Hells yeah! Although lunch at Lagrassa’s runs a bit more than I like to spend for lunch (I try to stay under $10) it’s well worth the extra couple of bucks. Next time I might even try the house-made clam chowder
44 Province Street
Boston, MA 02108
That's a big damn hot dog, ain't it? It's a half-pound dog on a big-ass sub roll.
Hidden in a little industrial park that caters to Boston’s food service industry, Speed’s stands out as one of the best lunch options in the area. A few other places exist for the workers in the South Bay industrial park, but none are like Speed’s. First, it’s a trailer. Second, it only has seating for four. Third, it has a limited menu. A very limited menu. Two items: hot dogs and brisket sandwiches.
Speed’s serves their amazing half-pound hot dogs on toasted sub rolls ($7). Toppings are limited, but delicious: sweet barbeque, sweet honey mustard, sweet chili (no beans), sweet onion, and sweet relish. I sense a theme…
Unlimited seating options at Speed's, provided you bring your own chair..
And Speed’s liberally adds those toppings to your dogs, so be prepared for a huge mess. The easiest way to eat at Speeds is to eat standing up. I tried sitting, and each time I ended up with toppings all over my clothes. Standing works best.
The only flaw I could find is location. It’s a pain in the ass to find, and the only nearby public transportation is the bus. But if you have a car, put Speed’s on your to-do list.
OVERALL EXPERIENCE: A!
Boston Speed Dog
42 Newmarket Square