Phantom Gourmet: Great 8 Internationally Inspired Sandwiches

Sandwiches, in one form or another, are popular all over the world. These are 8 of the Greatest globally-inspired sandwiches you can find right, here in our own backyard.

New Deal

Kicking off the Great 8 is New Deal in Revere. This throwback Italian Market has big sandwiches and even bigger personalities. For more than 50 years, they’ve been slinging some of the best subs in
the area. Since this is an Italian Market, you’ve got to go with an Italian sandwich. Here it’s called “The Top Shelf” because every sub is stuffed with three slices of each meat from their premium deli case – Genoa salami, pepper salami, pepperoni, chorizo, Denunzio salami, hot and sweet soprasata, and salami prosciutto.

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All Star Sandwich Bar

All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square Cambridge is the brainchild of brothers Kosta and Johnny Diamantopoulos, who are masters when it comes to layering flavors, textures, and ingredients that transform the humble sandwich into a gourmet meal. That passion is evident in everything from a simple Reuben, to an insane Barbecue Cheddar Burger, to Kosta’s favorite French sandwich, the Croque Monsieur.


Located on Boston’s Newbury Street, Wichit is a cool and cozy eatery serving luxury sandwiches at prices anyone can afford. International combinations include the Cubano, layered with pulled pork, ham, Swiss, and fresh dill pickles, on a pressed baguette; or for a taste of Asia there’s the Crispy Chicken Katsu that’s tempura fried and served with crispy sweet potato, carrots and lettuce.

Amsterdam Falafel
Davis Square, Kenmore Square

Amsterdam Falafel in Davis Square and Kenmore Square is the place to go if you want hot, crispy falafel stuffed inside fluffy pita. At this bright, fun, and affordable eatery, they’re taking a Middle Eastern sandwich mainstream. There is a giant salad bar where you can customize your sandwich to your own taste, with 25 toppings from tahini and hummus, to crunchy onions and pickled turnips. The result is a fresh and tasty sandwich that pairs perfectly with their authentic Dutch Style Fries.

Farmer in the Dell

Farmer in the Dell in Walpole is a cute, country style counter service spot serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can start your day with a fresh egg sandwich. For lunch, check out the satisfying Bahn Mi sandwich to give your afternoon some Asian flavor. This Vietnamese classic features a nice baguette, filled with tender, marinated chicken and crunchy pickled vegetables.

Vin Bin

Another Great 8 winner is the Vin Bin in Marlboro. Housed in a converted firehouse, this family run shop offers a wide selection of wines and specialty products served alongside some of the tastiest sandwiches you can find. Nothing gives you a truer taste of the Mediterranean than their Hipster Sandwich, with house made falafel, hummus, tahini and veggies, all served on pita bread made fresh every morning.


Foumami in Boston’s Financial District is a fast, casual sandwich shop specializing in shaobing, a traditional style flat bread of China. Here it’s made fresh, and stuffed with some serious flavors like the soy garlic marinated rib eye, or crispy Japanese Chicken Katsu.

Portsmouth, NH

Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a fun and funky space that features a menu full of the greatest street foods from around the globe. For sandwiches, they have the super-stacked Mexican Cemita, featuring a slab of fried cheese; and by way of Italy comes the super-juicy, slow roasted porchetta sandwich, finished with melted provolone.

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