Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore Columbia

Bon Fresco - Columbia

Jason1 | | Jun 22, 2009 01:50 PM

A new sandwich place has opened in Columbia, just off of Snowden and Oakland Mills. I think that today was their first day open, so hopefully things will shake out well. On the plus side, the sandwich that I tried was really good. I had the Venice, I think, and the ciabbata that it was on was very well made, nicely crisped on the outside without being tough. There was arugula on the sandwich, which I really liked, but this isn't on the menu description. The sandwiches are maybe a little on the high price side (all $6.50) and don't come with any sides. This is a confusing part of the menu. I think right now the menu is overly long and confusing. There don't appear to be side items available, so no chips or side salads. There are a few platters with side salads, but these aren't for sandwiches. They also have soup, but the type of soup available wasn't posted anywhere. Counter service was ok, except for one odd experience. People, seemingly at random, we're given free cookies "since it's our first day open". But they weren't just giving them out to everyone...seemed a little elitist at the time. One other oddity: as I mentioned, that sandwich list is overly long. Most of the food has an italian/mediterranean flair to it, and there are four variants on Italian meat sandwiches (and I love this variety). So why the need for corned beef...served with mustard on ciabatta bread? It just seems wrong (and they're not going to make rye for one sandwich) and out of place.

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