May 282010

***Side Trip Mini-Review***
Cuisine: Delicatessan, Grill
Location: Boston, MA
Address: 1918 Beacon St. Brighton MA, 02135  617-731-3232
Links: Eagles Deli Website

I was in Boston recently and after doing some research on good places to eat in the area, I came across many recommendations for Eagles Deli.  This place was awarded the “Best of Boston” award for their burgers and voted by the Travel Channel as “the 2nd best place in the world to pig out”.  Even Adam Richmond of Man Vs Food has visited Eagles Deli for their 12 lb Burger Challenge.

So all that being said, I was expecting Eagles Deli to be out of this world.  I spent an extra 2 1/2 hours in the Boston area (before driving back to MN) JUST to eat at Eagles Deli.

I have to say, I was kind of disappointed.  Aside from getting lost on the way there, the atmosphere at Eagles deli is your basic strip-mall restaurant with counter-service, nothing special.

I should’ve gotten a burger because that is, after all, what Eagles Deli is famous for but since I was planning to start my drive back to MN immediately after lunch, I didn’t want anything so heavy or greasy.  Instead I went with the Reuben which is my all-time favorite sandwich.  I figured the corned beef would have to be sliced from the brisket (being that it is a famous deli and all) but was disappointed that it was just your plain-old-sliced-deli-style corned beef.  Same stuff I buy at my local market.  The Reuben was good but was overall disappointing.  I had been wanting a divine experience.  The huge helping of fries were hot and fresh but light on the salt.

My companion ordered the Hungry Man sandwich, which was corned beef stacked on a toasted bun with coleslaw and french fries.  The novelty of this sandwich was much better than the Reuben….. the coleslaw gave the sandwich a nice crunchy texture and really complimented the corned beef.  Despite its name, the sandwich was quite a bit smaller than you would expect from the name “Hungry Man”.

Overall impression: Like I said before, I drove 2 1/2 hours out of my way to have lunch at Eagles Deli and it turned out to be a big disappointment.  I should’ve stuck to the burger!
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