By Eric Twardzik
Roast beef 1000 from Cutty's

Boston joints prove this handy treat is oh-so-much-more than the sum of its parts.

Our favorites from Somerville jewel 3 Little Figs include the adorably named Lil Figgy—with almond butter, banana, cinnamon, and honey wedged between slices of seven-grain bread—and the substantial Market, a pile of prosciutto, goat cheese, fig jam, arugula, and tomato on focaccia. 3 Little Figs is also mindful of gluten allergies and can swap in gluten-free bread for an extra dollar.

Sandwich from Mike & Patty's

There’s barely enough room inside Mike & Patty’s for two customers to form a line. That’s a bit of a problem for this Bay Village corner deli, considering the popularity. But crowded quarters are no excuse to skip Mike & Patty’s, which serves an all-day menu of hearty, delectable breakfast and lunch sandwiches. One of our favorites is the Fancy, a perfect marriage of fat (two fried eggs, cheddar cheese, house mayo, avocado) and bite (red onions) on perfectly grilled multigrain bread. But be warned: Opening hours only extend from morning to early afternoon, so save your late lunch ambitions for another day.

Exterior of Cutty's

What looks at first sight like another humble, no-frills Brookline deli is hiding quite the pedigree: The married duo behind Cutty’s met while studying at the Culinary Institute of America and spent five years at America’s Test Kitchen. That knowledge is now being put to use via sandwiches of the highest order, such as the Roast Beef 1000, their take on a Massachusetts staple with house-roasted beef and crispy shallots. Poultry enthusiasts, take note: One Sunday each month is a designated “Super Cluckin’ Sunday”, which is the only time to savor the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich (which will be the only sandwich served that day).

Dave's Fresh Pasta

Italian sandwich from Dave's Fresh Pasta

We’d never discourage you from picking up the homemade ravioli at Dave’s, but if you haven’t yet experienced the Davis Square market’s sandwich counter, you’re missing out. The two dozen offerings range in fanciness from classic Ham & Swiss to unexpected Roasted Lamb, but we keep coming back to the hefty Italian, which makes the most of Dave’s deli meats and homemade dressings and spreads. Seating inside the bustling shop is sparse, but a handful of cafe tables on the sidewalk outside provide the perfect lunch venue.

Sandwich from Hi-Rise Bread Company

Hi-Rise Bread Company’s two Cambridge locations offer customers a bevy of loaves, jams, and other take-home goodies, but don’t let those raisin pecan rolls distract you from the sandwiches on homemade bread. In a pinch, go with Fern’s Problem Solver—roasted turkey with Monterey Jack, avocado, and Russian dressing on grilled sourdough. You may feel a strong urge to nap afterwards, but there’s plenty of coffee on hand to fix that.

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