In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
December 7 is one of the most sacred squares on our national calendar, because on this date in 1956, basketball legend Larry Bird was born. I tell people my childhood idol was Martin Luther King because it sounds good and it's almost true, but Larry was really the historical figure I most admired.
I've never met Mr. Bird, and my in-the-flesh experiences with other Larrys have been mixed. My worst-ever pet was a cat named Larry, but my favorite local drummer is a cat named Larry. The new Hi-Rise Bread Company location on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge serves a sandwich called Dr. Larry's Cure, which I called upon to break the real-life Larry tie.
This Larry rules. The seeded scali bread was toasted hard but not quite burnt, and it ably served and protected the salami, Swiss cheese, and broccoli rabe inside. The menu describes the rabe as "spicy," by which it means sautéed in a lot of good olive oil and a little bit of chopped garlic.
The salami is firm and peppery and sliced paper-thin; there's not much of it, and there doesn't need to be. It's potent and excellent. They don't overdo it on the cheese, either, which allows the green stuff to stand out and make you feel virtuous, a Larry-sized achievement for a salami-and-cheese sandwich.
Hi-Rise Bread Company