In the days of $12 lobster brioche " rolls " and $26 prime-rib and foie gras " burgers, " it’s nice to know there are still places that will make you a good old deli sandwich, hold the quotation marks, for mere pocket change. Take Boston Daily Bread in Coolidge Corner. Long known for its jalapeño cornbread, triple-chocolate loaf, and super-moist cranberry-peach muffins, the bakery has recently introduced a sandwich menu that reads like a collection of cold cuts’ greatest hits. It features primarily Italian meats and cheeses in various combinations, most for under $5.
The combo sandwich itself is a chart-topper — generous yet judicious in its layers of pastrami, salami, and provolone, anointed with just a touch of olive oil ($3.25 half/$4.25 whole). Mine included turkey instead of the advertised mortadella sausage, but never mind: when your sandwich-maker is a bread-baker, the contents of your sandwich are naturally secondary to the container. Choose honey whole wheat, which is deeply nutty, with a hint of sweetness, and wonderfully fresh.
The flatbreads or the huge savory pies (filled with spinach, Monterey Jack, turkey, or pastrami for $2.95) are best only if they’re straight from the oven. But you can’t lose by just grabbing a sandwich and finding yourself a park bench — in-store seating is limited and cramped — to chow down in the sunshine.
Boston Daily Bread, located at 1331 Beacon Street, in Brookline, is open Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (617) 277-8810.