Massachusetts has an official state berry, the cranberry; an official state dessert, the Boston cream pie; and, even an official state bean, the baked navy bean. While these delicacies may have gained official status in representing the Commonwealth, everyone knows the designated sandwich of choice for carnivores residing north of the Tobin is: the beef, served “three-way” style.
Elements of a classic “beef three-way” may sound simple, but something magical happens when thinly-sliced, rare roast beef is piled high on a griddled bun and topped with the trifecta of cheese, mayo and tangy sauce.
Here are three delicious takes on a the “beef three-way” style that will make your mouth water.
WHAT: Roast Beef Sandwich
Thinly-shaved roast beef with Swiss cheese, BBQ horseradish mayonnaise and fried onion strings on a brioche roll. Served with a choice of seasoned French fries or homemade cole slaw.
WHERE: Sylvan Street Grille, 12 Sylvan St., Peabody
WHAT: Roast Beef Panini
Roast beef with American cheese, BBQ sauce and mayo on rosemary focaccia bread.
WHERE: Lynnfield Meat & Deli, 445 Broadway, Route 1N, Lynnfield
WHAT: Super Beef
Rare, thinly-sliced roast beef doused with James River BBQ sauce, topped with American cheese and mayo. Served on a grilled onion roll.
WHERE: Superior Roast Beef, 200 Lynnfield St., Lynn
Photos (top to bottom): Spenser Hasak, Owen O’Rourke, Mark Sutherland