Cutty’s

Sandwich Shop
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Saturday is Pork Day at Cutty’s, a small sandwich shop making headlines in the heart of Boston’s Brookline Village. We queued up for Pork Rabe: slow-roasted pork, sautéed broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone on a sesame-seed roll. It’s almost unfair to compare it to Tony Luke’s model in Philadelphia; the pork spices and bread are different, and the provolone is so sharp that it, combined with the rabe’s distinct bitterness, occasionally overwhelms the meat in some bites. In others, however, the balance is well-nigh perfect, dazzling your taste buds and making your brain wonder where this sandwich has been all your life.

The Spuckie, another top seller and the only one you can order as a half-sandwich, is a variation on New Orleans’ signature muffuletta. Named after an old Boston colloquialism for sub or hoagie (from the specialty bread used, spuccadella), the Spuckie’s only condiment is a tangy olive-carrot salad, whose oil seeps into the bread, here a sturdy ciabatta roll. Fennel salami, hot capicola, mortadella, and the freshest, most flavorful hand-pulled mozzarella make this sandwich another must-try.

Boston loves roast beef, and Cutty’s of course has its own version, the Roast Beef 1000: slow-roasted beef, crispy fried shallots, house-made Thousand Island dressing, and Cabot sharp cheddar on a brioche roll. This accounts for half of all sandwich sales, probably due to the wickedly delicious shallots and the textural euphoria that they cause. The dressing has a hint of horseradish and is just enough condiment to properly moisturize the soft bread. But the shallots, akin to onions, are absolutely divine and singlehandedly lift this entry to the upper echelons of sandwichdom.

We immediately homed in on the homemade pimento cheese in the Ham Pimento: Niman Ranch ham, pimento cheese, and sweet pickles on a baguette. The cheese looks exactly like the neon-orange processed stuff, and there’s not nearly enough on the sandwich to fully taste it. The ham’s fine, but the problem is the baguette: way too chewy and crusty to gird a life-changing sandwich. However, the Egg Salad Radish amply makes up for it: the creaminess of the egg salad is counterbalanced by the crisp radishes, and the overall flavor is taken to the next level with the addition of fresh cilantro and oil-cured olives. No hearty ciabatta or brioche rolls here, but the white or wheat breads are far from grocery store options.

Hand-squeezed limeade is delightful, and we are also partial to the house-made potato chips. Cutty’s may serve the very best we’ve had anywhere: golden russet potatoes sliced impossibly thin, then fried to a very dark brown and minimally salted. Various cookies and Rice Krispies treats are available for dessert, but we stick with the cracked-top brown sugar cookies—but that is only in lieu of ordering a third sandwich!

A meager storefront hidden by building shade on a curve of Washington Street before emptying into Harvard Avenue, Cutty’s serves the best sandwich in Boston and maybe in the entire Bay State. It is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch begins at 11 a.m.). Cutty’s is open one Sunday each month, when the specialty is fried chicken sandwiches.

What to Eat
Cutty’s, Pork Rabe
Pork Rabe
Must-Try
Juicy pork, garlicky rabe, and extra sharp provolone on a crusty roll
Cutty’s, Spuckie
Spuckie
Must-Try
The Spuckie is a muffuletta but with hand-pulled mozzarella and olive-carrot relish.
Cutty’s, Roast Beef 1000
Roast Beef 1000
Must-Try
Roast Beef 1000 sports fried shallots, sharp cheddar, and house-made 1000 Islands dressing.
Cutty’s, Potato Chips
Potato Chips
Must-Try
Cutty's potato chips are ultra-thin and crisp beyond belief.
Cutty’s, Egg Salad Radish
Egg Salad Radish
Must-Try
Egg salad with crisp radishes, oil-cured olives, and fresh cilantro
Cutty’s, Ham Pimento
Ham Pimento
Ham pimento sandwich on a very chewy baguette
Cutty’s, Brown Sugar Cookie
Brown Sugar Cookie
Chocolate chip and brown sugar cookie
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday8am - 3pm
Tuesday8am - 3pm
Wednesday8am - 3pm
Thursday8am - 3pm
Friday8am - 3pm
Saturday8am - 3pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 50 MILES | 1 hr 36 min

Massachusetts north of Boston is rightfully known for excellent seafood, but it also is a source of fantastic roast beef sandwiches. They are a passion in this area, served by dozens of inexpensive eateries. This tour takes you to four of the finest.

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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