Meal Ticket: Doughboys, Charlotte Way, Dublin 2

New York-style sandwich shop serving fun, incredibly filling sandwiches, soups and sides

   
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Doughboys

Nestled on the wind tunnel at the top of Harcourt Street and Camden Street, Doughboys is a New York-style sandwich shop serving fun, incredibly filling sandwiches, soups and sides. You can take away or eat in, propped up at the wooden benches on bright red metal chairs (these always remind me of playschool).

The menu is short and sweet, with about half-a-dozen sandwiches on the go at any one time. This is fine by us, as a hungry mind does not need 50 choices – the existing lunchtime queue would never move if the list was longer.

Prices range from €5 to €6.50, which isn’t the cheapest lunch option, but ingredients are fresh and the sandwiches we’ve tried are very filling. They’ve made a name for themselves in this area - which is already saturated with good lunch spots –with two of their sandwiches in particular: the meatball sub and Porchetta.

The meatball sub (€6.50) comes with fresh meatballs made daily on the premises, a rich tomato sauce with fresh basil on a crispy toasted ciabatta roll from the Bretzel bakery, up the road. The Porchetta (€6.50) has slices of delicious roast Italian rolled pork, salsa verde, garlic and some seriously crispy crackling on a ciabatta. We don’t work anywhere near here, but would make the lunchtime trek for that crackling alone.

There’s a salad box (€5.50) with chicken and some of the ever-changing side salads (such as Greek salad, carrot and beetroot slaw or smoked aubergine tomato cous cous). You can add soup to your order for €3 or a small tub of salad for €2.50. They serve the excellent Dublin-roasted Cloud Picker coffee and Wall & Keogh teas.