MSM stands for “Magical Sandwich Makers.” It lives up to its name. In a blue and white building that also houses a small grocery with over 150 microbrews, MSM has an extensive sandwich menu that includes club and chicken Caesars, French dips, tuna, chicken, and egg salad.
Even after prime time lunch hours, there’s a line, with a markedly high amount of diners in uniform (I saw police, firemen, and an army serviceman). If you’re in a hurry you can order ahead. Otherwise, a 20 minute wait is likely.
Reubens come either “deli style” (with lettuce & tomato) or “classic.” I’m a classic kind of girl. The slightly crisp corned beef isn’t overpowering as it can sometimes be, and there is slightly too much 1000 Islands dressing … which, in my opinion, is the perfect amount. You can get it on rye or a house roll. Dark rye is the right choice.
The Cuban has a double layer of mustard on top and bottom, and spiced pork is a good foil to its sour pickles. The roll is toasted with a crisp shell and soft insides.
The meatball sub is really good — a signature dish. There is nothing revolutionary about it, but that’s why it is so satisfying. Slightly sweet tomato sauce is generously portioned, as are the meatballs, which have hints of oregano. Melted cheese spills over the sides, making a delicious mess. It’ll get soggy if you leave it for too long, so take my advice and devour it fast.
There’s an entire East Coast cold cut section, pita wraps, a few salads, and a kid’s menu. If you care to imbibe, the beer selection starts local and goes global. All kinds of chips are available, from Lay’s and Tim’s to Hawaiian. “Magical” cookies and carrot cake are usually gone by 2 PM.
Seats are available inside, outside, and in the back to the right of the market. If it’s a sunny day, sit outside and tuck into a sandwich or three.