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A lo pobre at Machu Chicken
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Somerville's Sandwiches, Mapped: Union Square & Spring Hill

Welcome to the first in a series of maps dedicated to highlighting sandwiches you should add to your dining repertoire in a particular neighborhood. First, we examine the bread-bound wonders in Somerville's Union Square, and, moving slightly northwest, Spring Hill.

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Welcome to the first in a series of maps dedicated to highlighting sandwiches you should add to your dining repertoire in a particular neighborhood. First, we examine the bread-bound wonders in Somerville's Union Square, and, moving slightly northwest, Spring Hill. Did we miss your favorite in this neighborhood? Drop a comment below to let us know, and feel free to nominate the neighborhood you'd like to see featured next.

Note: Map points are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

3 Little Figs

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This cheery Spring Hill coffee shop is a great spot for a light breakfast or lunch. The sandwich selection ranges from $5 to $9.50, and any sandwich can be made on gluten-free bread. Try the Market sandwich: prosciutto, goat cheese from Vermont, fig jam, arugula, tomato, herbs, and olive oil on rustic francese. The Lil' Figgy, pictured, is comprised of almond butter, banana, honey, cinnamon, and seven-grain bread.

Lil' Figgy sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

7ate9 Bakery

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Come for the insanely good and adorably tiny mini cheesecakes; stay for the wraps. (Or maybe have a wrap first, followed by a bite-sized cheesecake. Or several.) Keep an eye on Facebook for occasional updates on what types of wraps are available, or just show up and find out. Pictured, a wrap that showed up in August with roasted chicken, goat cheese, sliced plums, arugula, rice, and blueberry walnut pesto.

Roasted chicken wrap/Facebook

Bloc 11 Cafe

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Union Square's popular coffee shop features an extensive sandwich menu with loads of vegetarian options. For meat, try the 777 (roast beef, gruyere, roasted onion, garlic mayo, tomato, and greens, served on a baguette). Meatless? Go for the Atticus (Buffalo cauliflower and tempeh, avocado, red onion, tomato, and greens, served on toasted seed and oat).

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Brass Union

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Try the BLT (thick bacon, arugula, tomato, and kewpie mayo) or the grilled pork loin sandwich (chili, arugula, and kewpie mayo), each served with fries. Note for night owls: The BLT (and a version with tofu instead of bacon) are available on the current late-night menu, served daily from 10:30 p.m. until midnight.

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Capone Foods

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This fantastic little Italian specialty shop features meats and cheeses, fresh and dry pastas, sauces, and lots more. On weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., something magical happens: There are sandwiches, and they are perfect. Served on Clear Four bread, there's a different option each day, including pork ribs on Monday and meatballs on Tuesday. $8.75-$9.75, take-out only, available until 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Pork ribs sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Highland Kitchen

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This popular Spring Hill spot makes one of the best burgers in town. But if you're a sandwich purist and don't count the burger in that category, there are several real sandwiches on the menu that are sure to satisfy, including a pulled pork sandwich and the Cuban Reuben.

Turkey sandwich (not currently on the menu)/Facebook

J&J Restaurant

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This Portuguese restaurant is hidden in the back of a convenience store on the edge of Union Square. While you'll definitely want to get into the hearty seafood and meat entrees, there are also a selection of hot and cold subs and sandwiches to meet your quick and easy lunch needs.

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Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill

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Although primarily known for its cheap, wonderful charcoal-grilled chicken dishes, this more casual offshoot to Machu Picchu, which is located right around the corner, also features a few must-try, filling sandwiches. Go for El Peruanisimo (roast pork with fried sweet potatoes and salsa criolla) or A Lo Pobre (grilled steak with fried egg, fried plantains, and lettuce).

A lo pobre/Official Site

Somerville Brewing Company

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Technically in Boynton Yards, this brewery is just steps away from the edge of Union Square, and what better item to pair with a beer or two than a sandwich (with ingredients that include beer)? Try a Happy Piggy Pulled Pork (Porter Sq. Porter pork, Happy Sol barbecue sauce, cheddar, slaw). There are also turkey, meatball, roast beef, and veggie options.

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The Independent

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There's plenty of comfort food at this Union Square restaurant and bar. The sandwich selection ($13-$15) hits some essential notes — there's a crab cake BLT, a fried chicken sandwich, a pressed Cuban, a Reuben, and a veggie sandwich.

Pressed Cuban/Facebook

3 Little Figs

Lil' Figgy sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

This cheery Spring Hill coffee shop is a great spot for a light breakfast or lunch. The sandwich selection ranges from $5 to $9.50, and any sandwich can be made on gluten-free bread. Try the Market sandwich: prosciutto, goat cheese from Vermont, fig jam, arugula, tomato, herbs, and olive oil on rustic francese. The Lil' Figgy, pictured, is comprised of almond butter, banana, honey, cinnamon, and seven-grain bread.

Lil' Figgy sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

7ate9 Bakery

Roasted chicken wrap/Facebook

Come for the insanely good and adorably tiny mini cheesecakes; stay for the wraps. (Or maybe have a wrap first, followed by a bite-sized cheesecake. Or several.) Keep an eye on Facebook for occasional updates on what types of wraps are available, or just show up and find out. Pictured, a wrap that showed up in August with roasted chicken, goat cheese, sliced plums, arugula, rice, and blueberry walnut pesto.

Roasted chicken wrap/Facebook

Bloc 11 Cafe

Atticus/Facebook

Union Square's popular coffee shop features an extensive sandwich menu with loads of vegetarian options. For meat, try the 777 (roast beef, gruyere, roasted onion, garlic mayo, tomato, and greens, served on a baguette). Meatless? Go for the Atticus (Buffalo cauliflower and tempeh, avocado, red onion, tomato, and greens, served on toasted seed and oat).

Atticus/Facebook

Brass Union

Grilled pork loin sandwich/Facebook

Try the BLT (thick bacon, arugula, tomato, and kewpie mayo) or the grilled pork loin sandwich (chili, arugula, and kewpie mayo), each served with fries. Note for night owls: The BLT (and a version with tofu instead of bacon) are available on the current late-night menu, served daily from 10:30 p.m. until midnight.

Grilled pork loin sandwich/Facebook

Capone Foods

Pork ribs sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

This fantastic little Italian specialty shop features meats and cheeses, fresh and dry pastas, sauces, and lots more. On weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., something magical happens: There are sandwiches, and they are perfect. Served on Clear Four bread, there's a different option each day, including pork ribs on Monday and meatballs on Tuesday. $8.75-$9.75, take-out only, available until 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Pork ribs sandwich/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Highland Kitchen

Turkey sandwich (not currently on the menu)/Facebook

This popular Spring Hill spot makes one of the best burgers in town. But if you're a sandwich purist and don't count the burger in that category, there are several real sandwiches on the menu that are sure to satisfy, including a pulled pork sandwich and the Cuban Reuben.

Turkey sandwich (not currently on the menu)/Facebook

J&J Restaurant

A sub/Official Site

This Portuguese restaurant is hidden in the back of a convenience store on the edge of Union Square. While you'll definitely want to get into the hearty seafood and meat entrees, there are also a selection of hot and cold subs and sandwiches to meet your quick and easy lunch needs.

A sub/Official Site

Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill

A lo pobre/Official Site

Although primarily known for its cheap, wonderful charcoal-grilled chicken dishes, this more casual offshoot to Machu Picchu, which is located right around the corner, also features a few must-try, filling sandwiches. Go for El Peruanisimo (roast pork with fried sweet potatoes and salsa criolla) or A Lo Pobre (grilled steak with fried egg, fried plantains, and lettuce).

A lo pobre/Official Site

Somerville Brewing Company

Pulled pork/Facebook

Technically in Boynton Yards, this brewery is just steps away from the edge of Union Square, and what better item to pair with a beer or two than a sandwich (with ingredients that include beer)? Try a Happy Piggy Pulled Pork (Porter Sq. Porter pork, Happy Sol barbecue sauce, cheddar, slaw). There are also turkey, meatball, roast beef, and veggie options.

Pulled pork/Facebook

The Independent

Pressed Cuban/Facebook

There's plenty of comfort food at this Union Square restaurant and bar. The sandwich selection ($13-$15) hits some essential notes — there's a crab cake BLT, a fried chicken sandwich, a pressed Cuban, a Reuben, and a veggie sandwich.

Pressed Cuban/Facebook

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