Word was going around my office that Cutty’s sandwich shop in Brookline has the best sandwich in Boston, so I had to go check it out.
J and I arrived at Cutty’s on a brisk spring day at around 2 p.m., well after the lunch rush. We found Cutty’s still hopping with people ready for delicious sandwiches. I took this as a good sign, and boy was I right.
Cutty’s is the kind of hip, exclusive place that only serves certain dishes on certain days. So J and I got the Saturday sandwiches, the pork rabe and the pork fennel.
My sandy, the sweeter of the two, had slow-roasted pork, pickled fennel and roasted garlic on a sesame seed roll. The roll was amazing—crunchy, but moist. And I love me some sesame seeds. Bread is my weakness. So if I think the bread is good, it’s (in my humble opinion) de-lish.
J’s sandwich was the saltier, more savory of the two. His was comprised of the same slow-roasted pork and sesame seed roll but paired with sauteed broccoli rabe and provolone cheese. Yum!
While Cutty’s is definitely a trendy place, it has a homemade, mom-and-pop feel. They hang giant signs made of white butcher paper with blue painter’s tape detailing their fried chicken Sunday and for sale pork fat. The restaurant can seat at most 15 people and yet it’s people of all walks of life, not just the “cool” people.
I can’t wait to go back to Cutty’s to try their famous fried chicken, but until then, I’ll always have the memory of that amazing pork fennel sandwich.
Photography by me. April 2013.
Where to find it:
284 Washington St.
Brookline, Mass. 02445