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Meredith Goad

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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Posted: December 12, 2016

The steak and cheese at Doughboy’s Deli is worth the calorie splurge

Written by: Meredith Goad
The steak and cheese at Doughboy's Deli in Westbrook. Photo by John Ewing/Staff Photographer

The steak and cheese at Doughboy’s Deli in Westbrook.
Photo by John Ewing/Staff Photographer

Before we start talking steak and cheese sandwiches, let me just be a little proactive here, so I can avoid all the emails about how they are so bad for you.

I know, they are definitely not garden salads. Just looking at a steak and cheese sandwich can probably raise your cholesterol several points. If you’re planning a trip to Doughboy’s Deli, it’s probably better for your heart to order the chef salad or Greek salad or the salad with the good-for-you grilled chicken on top.

But sometimes, especially at the beginning of winter, only comfort food will do. A good steak and cheese sandwich – remember, I said a good steak and cheese sandwich – is one of my guilty pleasures, one that I generally indulge in only a couple of times a year. But here’s the thing: get a bad one and waste all those extra calories, and it’s very disappointing.

So, for the past few months, I’ve been on the hunt for the best steak and cheese sandwich in Greater Portland. I figured, once I found it, I’d be all set: Whenever I get a hankering, I’ll just order that sandwich and be satisfied for another six months or so.

The exterior of Doughboy's Deli on Bridge Street in Westbrook. Photo by John Ewing/Staff Photographer

The exterior of Doughboy’s Deli on Bridge Street in Westbrook.
Photo by John Ewing/Staff Photographer

Well, I think I may have found my ideal steak and cheese at Doughboy’s Deli. At the very least, it’s going to occupy the No. 1 spot on my list until something better comes along. I can honestly say it’s one of the best, if not the best, I’ve had in Maine. Instead of shaved beef, it’s made with thick cuts of tender, marinated beef, mixed with just the right amount of cheese sauce to give it a great, consistent texture. The bread roll it’s served on is soft and fresh.

Order the sandwich loaded, and it will come with bits of onion, green pepper and mushrooms.

Doughboy’s also serves breakfast – think omelets, French toast and breakfast sandwiches – and dinner. Dinners include such old favorites as a clam cake basket, hamburgers and chicken tenders. The haddock basket was fine and comes loaded with fries, but otherwise was unmemorable. When I return, I’ll stick to the hot or cold sandwiches. All but one are well under $10.

The atmosphere at Doughboy’s is old-fashioned diner; it has a checkerboard floor and plenty of spacious seating if you want to eat in a comfortable red chair. A TV in the corner will keep you entertained, a coffee station will keep you caffeinated, and an ice cream freezer will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Next time you’re looking for a good sandwich, fast, check out Doughboy’s.

DOUGHBOY’S DELI

WHERE: 57 Bridge St., Westbrook; 854-8304
HOURS: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays
WAIT: 10 minutes or less
PARKING: On the street
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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