Who You Callin’ Chicken?

18 Jul

I like an awful lot of things about my new apartment, but if I had to pick one thing I definitely do not like, it’s my local food options.

I think I’ve now tried every pizza and sandwich shop in Cleveland Circle — Pino’s, Presto, Eagle’s Deli, Roggies, etc. — and I’ve basically had the same thing at every one of them: a chicken cutlet sub. (Often it’s parmigiana.) I have to say, not a one of them has left me feeling satisfied. I mean, how hard is it to put a couple pieces of chicken on a toasted roll, and add mayo and lettuce.

It’s simple, right?

Well, Thursday night I tried Eagle’s Deli for the first time, and that may have been the worst one of all. I paid about $7.50 (!!) for a single piece of bad fried formerly-frozen chicken on a bulkie roll (because they were out of sub rolls — and Snapples and a whole lot of other stuff) and could barely finish it.

Hours later, I was feeling ill.

The other places have been equally disappointing. Some have the chicken right there in a warmer ready to go, and while I appreciate the speed, I’d prefer it if my sandwich was fresh, and not made with meat that’s been sitting around for God knows how long. I don’t mind waiting for good food.

Either the B.C. kids have really low standards for good food, or these places just aren’t even trying. How I long for the days when I could get off the T on my way home and eat at T. Anthony’s, a real pizza place, and a real good one at that. (It’s located at the corner of Comm Ave. and Babcock St.) In addition to great pizza, those guys make a perfect chicken cutlet sub, and an even better parmigiana one. And, best of all, their food is always fresh or made with higher-quality ingredients. College Sub, when it’s open, makes a passable sandwich that I’ll tolerate.

But if the best I can do is “passable,” then I’ve got real problems. Or, I’ve just gotta make my own meals all the time.

One Response to “Who You Callin’ Chicken?”


  1. Let the Eagle’s Soar | Martin's Musings - August 30, 2015

    […] couple weeks ago, I wrote about my bad experiences at the food places in Cleveland Circle. Well, Boston.com and UniversalHub.com both picked it up, and soon all kinds of people were telling […]

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