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Deli Board

Have you ever gotten home late at night and thrown a sandwich together? Whatever's in the fridge will do, as long as it's got salt and fat. Turkey? Nice start. Salami? Perfect. Roast beef? Why not? Pastrami? Oh man, this is getting good.

The meat starts piling high. A slice of cheese won't go amiss, nor will some quality bread if you have it. When you finally settle down to eat the monstrosity you've created, it's the greatest sandwich in the world. You are the Earl of Sandwich, reborn.

Of course, this is not true. Your pile of miscellany would not stand up to the harsh light of day.

But, somehow, a restaurant called Deli Board is putting out something not that far from that late-night sandwich, and making it work. Their efforts are ludicrously over-the-top and yet totally delicious.

Deli Board's sandwiches are gigantic. They tend to include 2-3 rich proteins. Nearly all are slathered with "Board sauce" or 1000 island — in other words, mayo on steroids. And, yet, they work. Sure, sometimes the meats get a bit lost in one another, or a combination doesn't quite play, but we've never taken someone here and been disappointed. If you know what you're getting into — this ain't Tender Greens — it's hard to imagine you won't be happy.

So if you're in Soma at the appropriate times, go forth and consume fat stacks (of meat). They're a bit pricey, but you could probably go two meals on one of these. We always destroy ours in a couple of minutes, but you could.

Food Rundown

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Top of the menu, with good reason. The meat-meat-salt (brisket-corned beef-salami) combo plays to perfection, and the peppers/slaw/sauce bring a nice tang and crunch to the mixture. In all honesty, this is a completely absurd sandwich. There's three meats, two cheeses, and three toppings/condiments. It's the ultimate drunk/munchies sandwich. You will love it.

Gold-N-Berg-N-Stein

Pretty similar to the cash-money sandwich, with pastrami in place of brisket. If you're feeling your Hebrew heritage or simply wishing you could have eaten everything at Katz's at once, grab this instead.

Hermine (née Boca)

Shuffle the deck again, and you get brisket, corned beef, and pastrami. This is a good time to talk about the French roll — if you catch it on a good day, it's fresh and hot and perfectly giving. Even on a bad day, it's good bread. Stands up to the meat and oozy liquids quite well.

Fay

Oh, you didn't want pure salty deli meats? How about some turkey, avocado, and swiss? It'll hit the spot. The garlic dutch is a welcome addition to the bread canon.

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