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. 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.
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Hi-Rise Bread Company is a Cambridge staple. Walk in and you'll see the open bakery with hands hard at work. Head over to the counter for a selection of beautiful breads and a big sandwich board (we've already told you about their Sin Sandwich). It's never been hard for me to decide what to order, though; I always get the Georgia Reuben ($10.75). This was the first sandwich I truly became obsessed with. It's stuffed with roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Thousand Island dressing on toasted rye.