First stop, the All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square in Cambridge. Chris Schlesinger’s homage to the humble sandwich, located on the same block as the East Coast Grill, is humble neither in quality nor portion size. It’s not cheap, either (sandwiches range from $7-$10), but what did you expect?
On offer: A pretty decent reuben as well as pulled pork, po’ boy, pastrami, meatloaf, Cuban, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Daily specials are marked on the chalkboard, things like the Turkey Gobbler (turkey with mayo, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry orange relish) -- a perfect prelude to Thanksgiving (or to wean yourself off of post-holiday tryptophan). If you prefer your turkey in liquid form, or like French fries in any form, don't miss their gravy fries – golden fried shoe-string potatoes topped with turkey gravy. Next time, though, I'd vote for the gravy on the side. No one likes a soggy fry, gravy or no gravy.
Space is tight at peak hours, but I found the service to be quite accommodating (despite early rumors to the contrary). Dessert options are sparse and appropriately simple (chocolate chip cookies, brownies, 7-layer bars), but you probably won’t have room. And if you do, Christina’s “All Star Ice Cream Bar” is mere steps away.
All Star Sandwich Bar
1245 Cambridge St.