Tuna Italian (West End Deli)


Location: 133 Spring Street
Price: $6.00 (small)
Notes: Today’s sandwich, a tuna “Italian” from the West End Deli, actually manages to make tuna fish, well, interesting. Although a little on the small side for a $6 sandwich, the attention to detail here takes some of the burn out of the initial sticker shock. Fresh, zippy ingredients, sliced super-thin and placed on the sandwich lengthwise, banh mi style, along with a few surprises, including sliced Kalamata olives, and a wonderfully chewy roll, allow this sandwich to transcend its humble lunch box associations.

In a related aside, I would also like to note that it is extremely difficult to take an appetizing photo of a tuna salad sandwich.

Malcolm Bedell


Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the taco-centric blog "Eat More Tacos," with writing and photography credits including Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and more. His seasonal food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater, and he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.


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