Where to Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions in the Back Bay.
What for Meaty sandwiches, charcuterie, cheese plates, and, yes, even grain bowls and salads, served from a to-go counter.
The scene Packed with office types on a blustery January morning. It’s quiet until about 11 a.m., when a throng of people arrive until a line stretches out the door. Most are dressed for work; many bark into phones while they wait. A server elbows through the crowd toting a platter of complimentary sliced meats to keep customers happy. A few lucky folks manage to snag seats after ordering, but take heed: This is mainly a takeout spot.
What you’re eating Owner Joshua Smith runs Waltham’s New England Charcuterie, where he crafts sausages, meat spreads, and other porky pleasures. He is also known for the original Moody’s in Waltham, where loyal carnivores enjoy his aged meats at a deli and at a larger sit-down restaurant. This smaller city spot is a paean to protein, delivered mainly via cold or hot sandwich. There is banh mi made with pork belly and pate; white truffle salami; bologna and American cheese topped with homemade truffle potato chips on white bread; and a “Tex Mex” sandwich made with smoked Wagyu beef and pickled jalapenos. It’s possible to eat here without a cholesterol spike, though — opt for an avocado and sweet potato salad, or maybe a grain bowl made with barley, heirloom beans, sweet potato, and cabbage. (Of course, you can top off any salad or bowl with rotisserie chicken or smoked pork shoulder.) Browse a case for gourmet niceties: tasso ham stew, mixed olives, mustards, relishes, sauerkraut, and hot sauces.
Care for a drink? There’s a case of La Colombe draft cold lattes, Dr. Brown’s soda, and S. Pellegrino, plus cold brew and other hot caffeinated drinks at the counter.
Overheard Business banter; seating snafus. “She really needs to become an LLC,” a guy in cashmere tells a friend, grabbing a bag of truffle chips and taking his place in line. Another man appears panicked. He shouts into his phone, “There are, like, no seats here! We need to go somewhere else!” A server tries to maintain order. “Please form two lines!” she yells. A woman at the counter seems unfazed by the fray. “What’ll it be, love?’ she asks a customer with a broad smile.
500 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-405-5320, www.moodyswaltham.comKara Baskin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.