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A Perfect Sandwich at Ula Cafe

No substitutions necessary.
No substitutions necessary.

While waiting for a tour of the Sam Adams brewery in the Jamaica Plain are of Boston, we took a short walk to Ula Cafe to grab lunch. Both the brewery and Ula Cafe are located in a strange complex that formerly housed some other, now-defunct brewery.

That brewery’s loss was my gain, for as I perused the menu on the wall of Ula Cafe, I came across a sandwich of dreams. No, this wasn’t some meat-filled cardiac-arresting behemoth, but it seemed to good to be true. The name was Roast Turkey, but that didn’t begin to tell the tale of what would lie beneath the slices of bread. This sandwich was composed of turkey, guacamole, bacon and provolone. Not a vegetable in sight. I had to ask the woman at the counter just to be sure that my eyes didn’t deceive me. She told me it came as noted on the menu, with nary a tomato or lettuce leaf thrown in. I ordered it immediately.

Then came the hard part.

Ula Cafe was apparently the type of place that people came with their laptops to camp out for the entire day. This is all good and well in a lot of places, but Ula didn’t exactly have a surplus of seating area. For the next ten minutes, we stood uncomfortably next to people that seemed like they would be leaving soon. It made things pretty awkward, until finally a space opened and we could sit down for a couple minutes before our food arrived.

Upon arrival, my sandwich was just as it had been described on the menu. The turkey was juicy and the bacon crunchy. It felt great to order a sandwich as-is and have it come out perfect. For this reason, Ula Cafe would be a great choice for anyone looking for a good unvegan lunch in Boston, whether they are checking out the Sam Adams brewery or not.