Carnitas Torta (1) vs. Chicken Rosario (4)
The Carnitas Torta is the only sandwich to be inducted into the Hall of Boo-Yea. If you’re on or near Landsdowne in Boston, go to La Verdad and thank me after you recover from the food coma.
Capellini’s is a great Italian joint in Methuen, MA. Nothing flashy, always consistent food, and great service. And while I’m sure everything is great on the menu, every time I go I order the Chicken Rosario–crispy chicken cutlet topped with prosciutto, provolone, mushrooms and Madeira wine sauce.
This is an extremely tough call, as I probably will never be able to eat either again because of my new lame diet. The sandwich is a giant ball of amazing fat and grease. Pork, avocado, refried beans, mayo, toasted bun with plantain chips and slaw. I’m getting pissed just thinking about it. The Rosario is a great meal–a real solid, can’t miss dish. But I wouldn’t say you need to try it. The torta though, is a necessity. Consuming the sandwich might just be worth the pain for me.
Sausage & Spinach Pie (2) vs. Dallas Burger (3)
One of the most surprising meals I had this past year was at Bobby’s Burger Palace in Mohegan Sun. Bobby Flay’s fast-casual burger concept is the future. A great burger with upscale flavor-combinations. The Dallas Burger is where it’s at with a side of fries.
We’re dealing with the past and the present here. Frank Pepe’s is an institution. You have the classic white clam pie or you can create your own toppings. BBP has some great-tasting, well-executed burgers, but let’s face it, they’re just burgers. Pepe’s takes the win, but remember if you’re a Pepe’s virgin, be prepared to wait, or go off hours!