Went to Picholine for lunch today -- it's the place at the unlikely-sounding intersection of Beverly and 1st that's run by Patrick Milo, who used to work at Say Cheese. I haven't seen much here written on it, so I'll post my thoughts.
I give my visit a mixed review: I first ordered a turkey, tomato and chipotle mayo sandwich, but was told they were out of tomatoes, and advised me to order a sandwich that didn't include tomato. So I ordered a ham and brie on baguette, and sat down to read Jim Leff's interview in Bon Appetit. Well, the gentleman came around from behind the counter, and in the most charming French accent, told me that they were out of baguettes for that sandwich, and they would serve it on French bread instead. Restaurants running out of key ingredients is annoying -- especially when they have such a limited menu as this place. But the guy was really nice, so it didn't bother me too much.
Well, the sandwich was nothing special. I certainly wouldn't go back for that.
BUT...the fellow who served me (not Patrick, though he was working in the kitchen) makes wonderful chocolates with imported French ingredients. I bought a pound of his chocolates. He told me he makes them "just up the street" from Picholine.
I didn't get his name, but he said he's there every day from 11-2, and all day on Saturday. The chocolates are really good, and would be the only reason I'd make another special trip to Picholine. Of course, they have a decent selection of cheese and gourmet foods, too, but it's mostly stuff you can get elsewhere in town....