Make the Most of Tomato Season with Boston's Best BLTs

By Jacqueline Cain
3 Little Figs

As far as sandwiches go, it’s hard to beat a BLT. Salty bacon, crunchy greens, and—most importantly—juicy tomatoes, it’s a craveable combination year-round, but especially when tomatoes are at their peak during New England summer. Whether you’re looking for a classic stack on sourdough or a gluten-free BLT with lettuce wraps, here’s where to go for the best BLTs in Boston.

B&G OYSTERS one of the best Boston's Best BLTs

Lobster lovers, this one’s for you. The Lobster BLT at B&G Oysters is a longtime classic from acclaimed Boston chef Barbara Lynch that rivals the cold B&G Lobster Roll. Crunchy, chewy Iggy’s ciabatta encases buttery lobster, confit tomatoes, and crispy bacon. A bright and lemony aioli ties it all together, though the slick of sauce can make it a bit messy. Grab a napkin—and ideally, a cold glass of Chablis or rosé—and lean into this salty, sweet, seafoody deliciousness. 

Little Donkey serving one of the best Boston's Best BLTs
Credit: Brooke Elmore

BLT Lettuce Wraps are a day-one menu favorite at Cambridge’s eclectic Little Donkey. This gluten-free riff on bacon, lettuce, and tomato is available year-round from the Central Square restaurant, and comes with a smoky, salty, house-cured lamb bacon; sweet and tangy tomato jam, pimento cheese, aioli, and pickled red onion. Plated pretty with crunchy leaves of Boston Bibb lettuce to make DIY wraps at the table, it’s an interactive and ingenious take on a BLT. Vegetarians can order theirs with creamy slices of avocado in lieu of lamb bacon.


Boston's Best BLTs from Flour Bakery + Cafe
Credit: Kristin Teig

Boston’s beloved Flour Bakery + Cafe might be best-known for gooey, pecan-studded Sticky Sticky Buns, thick slices of Banana Bread, and TCHO Chocolate Chip Cookies, but the eight-location bakery chain does incredible savory stuff, too. From the sandwich menu, Flour’s North Country Applewood-Smoked Bacon is a sure-fire favorite. Freshly baked focaccia or a gluten-free alternative (+$2) is toasted as the vehicle for extra-crispy, thick-sliced bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, and peppery arugula (so technically this one’s a BAT). Along with mayo—the proper tomato sandwich condiment—is a memorable drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. Try to save room for dessert.

Bagelsaurus serving one of Boston's Best BLTs

At this bakery and sandwich shop in Cambridge, it’s all about airy, crackly-skinned bagels—but that doesn’t mean the toppings are an afterthought. From house-made spreads to sandwiches like the herby Eggspañola and the banana-bacon T-Rex, Bagelsaurus bagels are thoughtfully stacked with simple ingredients. Jammy, oven-roasted tomatoes, for instance, are the key to the year-round Bagelsaurus BLT, which also gets layers of thick-cut bacon, leafy lettuce, and mayonnaise. Or, take a cue from Guy Fieri and substitute spicy pepper cream cheese for the mayo, as he did on a 2019 episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

3 Little Figs serving one of Boston's Best BLTs

This tiny, always-busy Somerville cafe has us wishing we lived in the neighborhood—especially during tomato season. From morning ’til 2 p.m. every day, 3 Little Figs is a destination for excellent coffee, pastries, and sweet and savory brunch dishes with Mediterranean inflection. The BLT swaps spinach for lettuce, making good use of the fresh greens always in-house on account of the Greek-style Spinach Pie, a family recipe from founder Katie Rooney and a menu signature. The spinach adds even more crunch and heft to the sandwich on thick slices of sourdough—not to mention, more fiber and other nutrients—with North Country Smokehouse Bacon, creamy Sir Kensington’s Mayonnaise, and tomatoes.

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