Road trip to the North Shore?
It’s what killed Arby’s around here.
Really Missing the Bell down the Lower End in Southie.
x2 on The Bell. I hate goin north of Somerville and that was the best of the rest!
thats been gone my guy
Arby's food is barely edible anyway. Perhaps it was once good, but not anymore. I learned that the hard way when I took the bus down to NYC.
Kelly's at Revere Beach is the balls !
As I recall from the early '80s, it was open (and packed) till 3:00AM at the corner of Harvard and Brighton in Allston. Though Buzzy's Fabulous Roast Beef at Charles Circle was probably the most iconic back in the day. Hadn't realized that this was more of a North Shore thing, but I have fond memories of both of these urban outposts.
North Shore roast beef is one of the culinary treasures of Eastern Mass. Glad to see it getting its due.
Let's have a shout-out to
Riley's (Allston, South Lawrence, etc.)
Bill & Bob's (don't know how many are left... Woburn is still going strong)
Nick's in Beverly (same as the old Nick's in Davis Square? I have no idea.)
Court House in Newburyport (formerly the Beef Corral)
Elton's in Arlington for a more recent establishment (closed now) that did it right.
And all the rest... Not to knock Kelly's but most of these places were better than Kelly's most of the time (at least the modern Kelly's chain; I wasn't familiar with the OG Kelly's in Revere when I was growing up).
also a fan of the Liberty Bell in old Southie, reviewed it for the Phoenix back in the day, and reviewed other bygone places like Royal RB & Seafood in Eastie and the Kelly's in Allston -- but I've decided that I want a better roll nowadays. That supermarket Wonder Bread aisle, shelf-stable-for-weeks thing they use at most joints doesn't cut it for me any more.
The classic "giant beef" (at almost any NSRB joint) always came on something like a Kasanof's onion roll, which was always good enough for me, but there seems to be a market for upscale comfort foods these days, so there could be a market for something fancier.
In Raleigh, for instance, one of Ashley Christiansen's restaurants serves an upscale fried bologna sandwich with housemade dijon mustard, so I could easily imagine some Boston place serving a fancy NSRB sandwich with housemade aioli on an artisinal something-or-other. It might even be good, if they stuck with the James River BBQ sauce.
at most places, and that's not terrible, but many use an onion roll that is a couple of notches below that.
Having made this lament on my social medias lately, I got a few suggestions for places with really high-quality rolls, including Hot Box (at Bow Market) and Cusser's in Back Bay (Mon-Fri lunch only).
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