The ambience at this lunchtime spot could best be described as frayed chic. Feeling a bit like you’re entering a 1920s speakeasy, you descend a flight of stairs into a basement with a labyrinth of pipes overhead, chipped exposed brick walls, and worn wooden floors. The bare-bones room is counterbalanced by pops of artistic bric-a-brac and black and white photography that ties it all together. The decor sets the scene nicely: These are arguably the best sandwiches in town. Everything is made from scratch, including the baguettes. Don’t miss the pork Milanese sandwich: thin pork cutlets breaded and fried to a crisp and served on a ciabatta bun with coleslaw and veggies. It sells out daily, so come early. There are also a variety of other meat and vegetarian options, plus hot and cold entrees.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber