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'Best Of' Sandwich Winner: Busy Bee Bakery

The bakery received 27 percent of votes for the best sandwich place in Melrose.

In Melrose Patch's , 258 people voted for what they believed to be the best place in the city to get a sandwich. 

And the winner is ... ! 

The bakery, coffee and tea shop received 71 votes (27 percent of the ballot) and several laudatory comments and reviews. 

Fresh Bread and Fillings

Owner Elin Agustsson, who runs the cafe with her husband, George Peterson, said in a phone interview that she was excited to have won the contest. Thomas Calvert, who makes all the sandwiches, she said, would be happy to hear the news. 

And then the man himself got on the line. 

Calvert said that because Busy Bee Bakery bakes loaves of bread and slices the fillings just for the day's menu, the caprese panini (which include homemade pesto) and the chicken salad sandwiches taste particularly fresh.

"There’s a lot that goes into these sandwiches," he said.  

But he also relies on his culinary skill and stomach to construct them. 

"I just make sure every time I make a sandwich that I make it as if I’m going to be eating it," he said. "I make sure proportions are correct and also that it looks good. Obviously you eat with your eyes first." 

Honorable Mentions 

 received 72 votes, including 48 overnight one night this week, 27 percent of the total number of votes cast. But because Patch Editor Daniel DeMaina considered the comments and reviews written by readers, those comments tipped the scales in Busy Bee Bakery's favor. 

also seems to have a considerable following of sandwich lovers, and the restaurant received 38 votes (14 percent of the ballot) and a number of positive comments.

Next week, we'll poll you to discover the best dentists in Melrose. Voting begins Monday morning and lasts until 9 a.m. on Friday. 

Elin Agustsson March 02, 2012 at 06:04 PM
We are very excited for this honor. Thank you to our customers and Melrose Patch! ~Elin, Busy Bee Bakery
Julia March 02, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I find it interesting that a relatively new and unknown sandwich shop in Melrose receiving roughly the same amount of votes in the same time span can beat out a 40 year establishment, and the longest standing shop in the city, because the editor viewed the votes skeptically for Melrose House of Pizza but not Busy Bee's. Sounds like the lunch spot for the editor
Daniel DeMaina March 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I view everything skeptically, Julia, and as an aside, I don't see how longevity plays into it—in that case, Yaz would be considered a greater Red Sox player than Teddy Ballgame. Outside of the fact that I've never eaten lunch at Busy Bee Bakery, although I had a cup of coffee there once, let me put your mind at ease. Melrose House received 72 votes and Busy Bee received 71, plus three comments in support. Subtract the one comment against Busy Bee and their total still comes to 73, hence the tough decision, but still based on the numbers and feedback available. That all said, I've been covering Melrose for more than five years and in that time, I feel (hope?) I've earned some trust from Melrosians over that time. If I were to spend that integrity capital, I should hope I wouldn't waste it on a Best Sandwich contest.
Judy Warner March 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The Busy Bee may be new but it is hardly UNKNOWN. Congratulations to Oli and crew -- well deserved.

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