By Richard Budd
Life is too short for anything less than the best. That’s why we took on the tough job of eating our way through the area’s lunch offerings to bring you the finest meals on bread. No burgers allowed.
Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich, Big Chris’ Brown Bag Cafe
Who says you have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to enjoy a home cooked dinner on two slices of bread? The line often snakes out the door at Big Chris’ Brown Bag Café for this perfect combo of sweet and savory featuring slow roasted turkey cooked fresh daily, sliced thin and piled high with house made stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayo, and gravy. Served on your choice of wheat, white, marble rye, bulky roll, sub roll, or wrap — all breads are baked fresh daily too — this one is rich, hearty and super satisfying.
144 Merrimack St., Lowell | 978-441-4200
Falafel Sandwich, Marko’s Mediterranean Grill
Tastebuds bored? Throw ‘em a party with this Mediterranean falafel masterpiece. The humble chickpea may achieve no higher station in legume life than as a Markos falafel — herb-dappled, fried to order, topped with tzatziki and stuffed into a puffy grilled, original-recipe pita. Mild or spicy (add the house made hot sauce), this sandwich is a food truck favorite.
90 Thorndike St., Lowell
Chicken Shawarma, Moonstones
Marinated chicken served in a perfectly grilled naan wrap with baby arugula, baby tomato, harissa (a Middle Eastern hot chili pepper paste), and raita — an Indian dressing made with yogurt, spices and vegetables that has the power to transform all it touches. In this case, the shawarma walks a perfect tightrope between the zing of harissa and the cool smattering of raita. Game on.
185 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford | (978) 256-7777
Hot ‘n’ Healthy Bachelor, Life Alive
You don’t need meat for a sandwich that’s hearty, zesty and satisfying in equally mouthwatering measure. With a Hard-boiled egg, broccoli, kale, and cheddar grilled and tucked into a whole wheat tortilla, this is the ultimate comfort food to go.
194 Middle St., Lowell | 978-453-1311
BBQ Beef Banh-mi, Hong Cuc Deli
Barbecued beef with cucumber, onion, cilantro, pickled carrot and daikon raddish served with sweet sauce on a baked Vietnamese baguette. The perfect pairing of BBQ and “secret sauce” gives this sandwich a nice kick without being too hot to handle. At only $4.50, it’s as economical as it is tasty.
11 Grand St., Lowell | (978) 441-0110
The great New Orleans sandwich done to a tee, with capicola, salami, mortadella and provolone all melding harmoniously with olive relish and extra virgin olive oil on grilled ciabatta bread. It’s the mixed olive relish that really makes this sandwich special, lending an unmistakable flavor. Pair it with one of UnchARTed’s excellent draft beers, ‘cause hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
103 Market St., Lowell | 978-996-2886
Got a life-changing sandwich that we should add to the list? Send us your recommendations to email@example.com with “Sandwich” in the subject line.