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The Boston Globe

Food & dining

Sampling the new sandwiches in town

With the influx of sandwich shops, you’d think this city’s moniker might go from Beantown to Subtown. Starting in 2012, we’ve seen a torrent of national chains onto the local market: numerous locations of both Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Firehouse Subs. Earl of Sandwich made its debut last year in a formerly vacant restroom building on Boston Common.

Despite the recent surge of national chains, we’ve got plenty of homegrown places. Clover Food Lab, which started as a single food truck in 2008, now has a small army of trucks throughout the city, and brick-and-mortar restaurants in Harvard Square and East Cambridge (with more on the way). Customers cue up for their vegetarian pita sandwiches and, during the lunch rush, very willingly endure a long wait for their order.

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