Photos and Words by Amanda DeJesus
Having seen Cutty’s featured on Food Network’s show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and in the popular Food & Wine and Bon Appetit magazines, I knew I had to try one of those big, juicy sandwiches. So on a lazy Saturday afternoon my friends and I took the Green Line down to Brookline Village.
Cutty’s is a small sandwich shop, with only 16 seats, that serves breakfast and lunch. Their sandwiches are made with all-natural ingredients and creative flavor combinations. The brightly-decorated shop uses an entire wall as a chalkboard to display the origins of all the ingredients, and with an open kitchen, the entire restaurant is visible to the customer. At 1:15 PM on a Saturday, the line was still to the door, but the wait was worthwhile.
My pork-fennel sandwich, served on Saturdays only, loaded thin-sliced, slow-roasted pork, pickled fennel, and roasted garlic on a delightfully crisped sesame seed roll. The roasted garlic is what’s going to bring me back for this sandwich again. It was fabulous.
One of my friends ordered the greens shallot sandwich with turkey. It comes with swiss chard, crispy shallots, and saffron yogurt on a ciabatta roll. This sandwich was as beautiful as it was delicious.
Cutty’s also serves soups -- one of my friends ordered the tomato soup with a requisite grilled cheese -- and salads, like a surprising and delicious fennel-peanut salad with crispy shallots and aged gouda. Everything tasted very fresh and everyone left completely satisfied with their meals.
Cutty’s is affordable, with all sandwiches under ten dollars, and conveniently just two blocks from the Brookline Village station. Next time you find yourself craving an artisan sandwich, hop on the Green Line and check out Cutty’s
284 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445