2014 Award Winner: BEST Sandwich (Finalist)

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Al's State Street Cafe

Nominated for: BEST Sandwich

Al's State Street Cafe 1350 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge MA (617) 441-9100

Al (Alan Costello) had been involved in the food business for several years before taking the plunge to open his first Al’s State Street Café over eleven years ago in the Financial District at 112 State Street, Boston, MA 02109. From day one, Al’s goal was to provide the highest quality, best tasting subs at the lowest possible price. Al’s driving principle is that his customers are his “family” who deserve the absolute best food at great prices, a principle which continues to this day. This is why Al has such enthusiastic and devoted customers as evidenced by the reviews of Al’s cafes. Check out Al’s website at www.alscafes.com, the reviews on www.Yelp.com (4.5 to 5.0 star ratings) and the Phantom Gourmet (which has highlighted Al’s on numerous occasions).

The recipe for Al’s success is simple. Combine a fanaticism to quality food and customer service with a loyalty to his customers/family and you end up with a sub sandwich which cannot be surpassed. Al does all this with the help of his mother (the cashier at the State Street location), his uncle Tony who opened Al’s South Street Café (near South Station) at 179 Essex Street, Boston, MA 02111 in September 2008, his cousin Deb who has done all of the murals and related artwork for the Al’s cafes, her husband Artie who operates the South Street Café with uncle Tony and a group of dedicated employees many of whom have worked for Al for the past 11 years. Al opened up his third location in Harvard Square, Cambridge March 2011 with the same dedication to incredibly great tasting food at amazing prices and adding new items at the request of our customers.

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14 Tips from Voters

Johanna P. on July 29, 2014

The bread's so good I wouldn't care if they forgot to put in the meat.

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Richard M. on June 15, 2014

Great sub. Love the fresh crunchy but at the same time soft bread. Never had a bad meal hear. Also, the portion size to how much the cost is is awesome. Very reasonable especially their lunch special, only $8 for a 10 in sub, a bag of chips and a 20 oz soda.

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Alan C. on June 13, 2014

top quality FRESH ingredients on FRESH BAKED BREAD!!! DELICIOUS!!

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Becky W. on July 24, 2012

The absolute BEST chicken salad sandwiches... not just in Boston, but the whole state.

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Melissa G. on July 18, 2012

Italian with everything.

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Vincent V. on July 11, 2012

And, a bargin to boot.

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Nancy K. on June 5, 2012

The State Street special -- prosciutto, basil, mozzarella -- is great, but so is the crazed atmosphere.

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Drew C. on July 13, 2011

Gotta get the Roast Beef Al's way

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Lena H. on June 28, 2011

You can get 2 meals out of a small, for under $7 too. Make sure you know exactly what you want, place gets slammed at lunch. My personal favorite is the BBQ chicken with pickles and provolone. Don't knock it till you try it.

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Allan Q. on June 27, 2011

Best Bagged Lunch!

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