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Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston

Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston

While planning my trip to Boston over President's Day weekend it became clear that rather than work a half day and leave straight from the office, I had to take a full day off. Why? I had to go to Sam La Grassa's, a family-run sandwich spot in Boston’s financial district. "If we leave at 1 o'clock, we'll miss it! They only stay open until 3 o'clock," pleaded my boyfriend, James. I couldn't really argue with him — our last trip to Boston, though a success overall, was a failure in his eyes because we didn't get there on time to try the beloved pastrami sandwich of visitors and famous faces alike. This sandwich would make his trip and give me leverage to make him go ice-skating.

In my defense, what kind of sandwich place opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m. — oh! — and closes the entire weekend as well? This place, apparently. They’re so popular that that’s the last thing they’re worried about.

Upon arrival at the no-muss-no-fuss spot, it became clear that Sam and sons are pretty serious about their sandwiches. Get in line prepared with a sandwich in mind, because the line moves super-fast and all of a sudden you’re pelted with questions about bread, meat, and fixings.

With this particular sandwich, however, all one has to do is say the name and the rest is history. After the words, "Chipotle Pastrami," left James’ mouth, the gentleman making the sandwich got busy. Ten minutes later, a pressed sandwich appeared, with an aroma that was embraced by our anxious stomachs and a huge smiles.

Between the two sides of a sesame-studded Italian roll sat layers of thinly sliced pastrami topped with Swiss cheese, chipotle mustard, and coleslaw. With closed eyes, we ate our first bites and a simultaneous "mmm" escaped our mouths. The tender meat and the sharpness of the Swiss were practically holding hands with the near-perfect vinegary slaw. The chipotle mustard was the icing on the cake and the bread, which is made in-house, was the out-of-the-park hit that made this sandwich a grand slam, with its classic semolina taste and crunchy exterior.

Neither of us spoke until there were only crumbs left — and that’s no exaggeration. I didn’t even have to bargain about ice-skating after that; it was his idea.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.


Sandwich of the Week: Grilled Chipotle Pastrami at Sam La Grassa's in Boston - Recipes

Great sandwiches. A must go-to when in Boston. Near Macy's, Washington Street. Great shopping nearby. Had the pastrami corned beef combo - very good! Needs lots of napkins as the cole slaw is juicy. Would go every week if I lived in Boston! The owner (son) is on site and service is great.

1,411 - 1,415 of 1,566 reviews

This was the 2nd stop on out Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) Tour. We were so excited. Heard so much about it. Who would have thought they would be closed on Saturday before the 4th of July! Went back to check them out on the web and sure enough they are only open Mon-Friday. I guess money making is not an issue with them. I'm only giving them a 3 but i'm sure they are worth a 5 easily

This is a excellent place to grab some great food. I had the Chipotle Pastrami I saw this highlighted on the show Diner's, Drive in's & Dive's. They are only open Mon-Friday 11am-3:30pm. This is in the business district and very busy around noon! Most sandwiches were $10.50 but they are huge. I also had a cup of New England Chowda $4.50 that was excellent. Don't pass this place up!

I was not disappointed in LaGrassa's during our trip to Boston. I ordered the chipotle pastrami. heavenly! It was way too much for me to eat, but so good that I consumed all but two bites! If you love a good hot sandwich, this is the place to go - but they are only open during lunch.

First off, Sam Lagrassa's is only open M-F from 11am - 3.30pm, which totally sucks for those visiting over the weekend or those unable to get into downtown Boston on a weekday. That said I made it down there on a Monday. I got there a little before they opened and waited inside for them to start serving. I ordered up the Chipotle Grilled Pastrami. It was amazing. Incredible bread that was flattened on the Italian style grill press. Loads and loads of thick juicy Pastrami. Great coleslaw and swiss cheese. And the most amazing chipotle flavored sweet mustard. Wow it was one of my all time best sandwiches of my life. I loved it so much I came back again and ordered the same thing on Friday. The one on Friday wasn't as good but that was only because it had less of the mustard, I recommend asking for a little more if you love the flavor. All around great place.