12 fantastic sandwiches in Boston
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The longtime darling of the late-night diner circuit, the tuna melt is plagued by a fatal flaw: the three-minute wilt. Blame the double threat of wet filling and greasy surface, which sap the griddle-bolstered crispness about four bites in. In forgoing the buttered exterior, Vicki Lees solves this age-old conundrum, recouping lost richness by loading extra-mayonnaisey tuna salad, tangy fontina and creamy avocado slices between thinly swaths of sourdough, which get toasted inside a press. The dry heat halts every wayward cheese ooze right at the seams where it takes on a crunchy (and yummy) frico texture producing a shatteringly crisp package that keeps all that hot, lovely gooiness inside -- where it belongs.
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