Billyburgers and lovers of giant sandwiches rejoice. Papa Lima is the newest meat-and-cheese stacking sandwich shop in the neighborhood (Bedford & S. 4th) that offers pre-named sandwich combinations of a free-spirited sensibility ("The Pablo Honey," The Dodger," "The Hunter & The Hunted"), and myriad ingredients for create-your-own combos that stops no short of black truffle butter. All of Papa Lima's produce comes from the local greenmarkets, fresh breads from Tom Cat Bakery, pickles from Guss', and the meats selection goes far beyond your standard turkey-pastrami-and-ham to include jambon de bayone, mortadella, sweet/hot sopressatta, smoked duck, and scottish smoked ham. Even as the real estate offices have moved in along Bedford, we weren't expecting sandwich prices to rise too (these range from $5.95 - $12.95), but no fear, you get what you pay for. The 12-inch sandwiches (the pricier ones) are easily two meals and piled pretty high; you can down the $5.95 secret egg salad in a single sitting, though we recommend adding smoked salmon for $2. Papa Lima has ample seating--and better yet, b.y.o.b. and free wifi, so while you're noshing on some ham & cheese, logon to their website: www.papalimasandwich.com, and submit your favorite sandwich in their "Sandwich of the Week" contest.
Papa Lima sandwich shop is located at 362 Bedford Ave (at S. 4th). 718.218.7720. Open daily, 9 a.m. - 11p.m.