Slideshow: 13 Great Roast Beef Sandwiches Around Boston

Beachmont Roast Beef ($4.95)
Beachmont Roast Beef ($4.95)
Tender meat that melts in your mouth, a slice of American cheese, sweet sauce, and a smear of mayonnaise piled high on a glistening, buttery bun. This sandwich is no frills, and still manages to stand out among the surplus of North Shore roast beef joints.

Beachmont Roast Beef: 629 Winthrop Ave, Revere MA 02151 (map) 781-289-7968; Beachmont Roast Beef on Facebook

John’s Roast Beef and Seafood ($3.85)
John’s Roast Beef and Seafood ($3.85)
This family-owned joint—whose interior is surprisingly modern—slathers its sandwiches with sweet and zesty James River BBQ Sauce, which is made in Salem, Mass., and loved all over the region.

John's Roast Beef and Seafood: 111 Western Avenue, Lynn MA 01904 (map) 781-595-6105; johnsroastbeef.com

Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood ($5.15)
Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood ($5.15)
This classic version strays from the classic formula in one way: It features a slice of cheese on the top and bottom of the sandwich! (It may not seem like much, but the small difference brought me back from the edge of roast beef fatigue.) The second slice prevents the cheese from getting lost amid the heaping portion of lean, tender meat.

Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood: 866 Main Street, Melrose MA 02176 (map) 781-662-6900; libertybellmelrose.com

Mino's Roast Beef ($5.15)
Mino's Roast Beef ($5.15)
Don't let this sandwich’s tidy appearance fool you—there's a lot going on under the hood. A healthy quantity of sauce, melty slice of American cheese, and small, shaved pieces of meat ensure a good balance of flavors in every bite.

Mino's Roast Beef: 244 Broadway, Lynn, MA 01904 (map) 781-581-7577; minoslynn.com

Billy’s Famous Roast Beef ($5.25)
Billy’s Famous Roast Beef ($5.25)
If the horseradish sauce oozing out of the sides isn’t enough of a hint, this tasty sandwich is perfect for the condiment lover. Fortunately, the portion of pink, super thin meat is big enough to stand up to it.

Billy's Famous Roast Beef: 1291 Main Street, Wakefield MA 01880 (map) 508-693-1224; Billy's Famous Roast Beef on Facebook

Mike’s Roast Beef ($5.25)
Mike’s Roast Beef ($5.25)
You’re going to need a few (dozen) extra napkins for this one, especially if you opt for the horseradish sauce in addition to the traditional toppings. The buttery, griddled bun gives an appealing crispness that somehow manages to withstand getting sogged out by the saucy toppings. Note: they also sell a junior-sized roast beef for $4.15.

Mike's Roast Beef: 115 Broadway, Everett MA 02149 (map) 617-389-2333; Mike's Roast Beef on Facebook

Steve’s Roast Beef ($6.05)
Steve’s Roast Beef ($6.05)
Shaved pieces of pink beef mix with mayo and barbecue sauce to form a patty. The Super Roast Beef is only a dollar more than the large, and the onion roll it comes on provides a welcome sweetness.

Steve's Roast Beef: 12 Lebanon Street, Malden MA 02148 (map) 781-397-8801; stevesroastbeef.com

Bill and Bob’s Famous Roast Beef ($4.75)
Bill and Bob’s Famous Roast Beef ($4.75)
Here, a big, hearty bun, crosshatched on top, holds its own against the beef and sweet, zesty sauce. The meat is bright pink, but not stringy or chewy.

Bill and Bob's Famous Roast Beef: 57 Main Street, Woburn MA 01801 (map) 781-935-9842

Kelly’s Roast Beef ($6.75)
Kelly’s Roast Beef ($6.75)
Kelly’s is the whipping boy of Boston roast beef. But a New England institution that’s been around for more than 50 years and sells close to one million roast beef sandwiches a year has to be on to something. I found the bun heavily buttered, soft, and chewy, and the meat tender and moist.

Kelly's Roast Beef: 35 Revere Beach Parkway, Medford MA 02155 (map) 781-393-4899; kellysroastbeef.com

Skampa ($5.65)
Skampa ($5.65)
The beef is tender and moist, served pink, and topped with a scant amount of tangy barbecue sauce, which complements the beef but doesn’t overwhelm it.

Skampa: 424 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA 02141 (map) 617-354-0009; goskampa.com