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Posted by reichlesque tounge on 10/06/2006
Too bad there was so much hype about this place. The mall like atmosphere is suburban and it seems like most of the diners are from suburbia. The sandwiches sound good on the menu but taste rather mediocre at best. I am disappointed that the sandwiches all come with a generic, overly dressed salad. It is shameful not to pair more appropriate greens with each so-called unique sandwich. I'm not crazy about the staff uniform. I feel like I'm in a Japanese bakery. Overall, the service was good and the sandwiches have been duplicated at lower end sandwich shops.
Posted by Mr. Finicky on 09/29/2006
First impression: (start) Tres Paris! S'il vous plait... my tray! Tres Bien! I will come again! (englais) Please fill my tray with your tres bien treats. Thanks, glad to pay for it. Will return! (repeat from start)... I MEAN IT!!!
Posted by TR on 08/18/2006
I ate lunch here the other day, and as many reviews of this place recommend, I ordered the tuna sandwich. At first, it was a difficult decision deciding whether to eat in or order out; however, when I received my plate, I was extremely happy that I had eaten in. The Tuna sandwich (and probably the other sandwiches here) is a completely different beast when you eat in as opposed to buying from the take out window. It had half as much bread and at least three times as much meat; certainly worth the extra three or four dollars that one has to pay for the sit-down service. The sandwich itself was one of the best things I've ever eaten, and was overwhelmingly delicious. I normally hate tuna fish, but this was just so perfect it was impossible to resist. So, yeah, I can certainly recommend their tuna sandwich and their chocolate chip cookie, as that's what I've had experience with. Be warned, though, that the sandwiches that you'll get from the counter are completely different from those you'll get sitting down, and you won't be eating the same things the critics have when they've extolled this joint.
Posted by J on 07/27/2006
Forget about the sandwiches (all excellent and made from quality products), the desserts (all delicious - lemon sabayon excellent), and the soups (very tasty also). The terrine de foie gras, those wonderful four words, are worth the price of admission for sit down service. Creamy, buttery, and out of this world! If foie gras is something you are not interested in, the take out counter would be the best bet. Be sure to have the sandwiches crisped up.
Posted by pastryfreak on 07/22/2006
Tip: Go to the take out counter. Not only can you get the wonderful pastries lor less, to get stellar service. The well trained, well dressed staff (love the shirts) will guide you to whatever you want. Look for the short skinny guy, he's never done me wrong and will always make me laugh. Favs: The Nutter Butter cookie and the Oreo.
Posted by Curtis on 07/22/2006
Perhaps my expectations were to blame, but mediocrity is even more offensive when the arrival of this place is so anticipated and the prices are so, well, proud... My wife and I ordered the tuna and pork sandwiches respectively, along with the TKO (thomas keller oreo, acronymed so as not to get the keebler elfen lawyers upset), and a bowl of barscht. I'm Polish so the barscht had to wow me, and it was pretty darn good. The sandwiches were just plain ordinary. I will not do this again.
Posted by katbert on 07/09/2006
The takeout counter provides an easy and satisfying picnic to take out to the park for those not too humid & hazy summer days. Tuna niçoise is moist without soggying the roll, and caramelized onions add a touch of sweetness to the roast beef sandwiches. Ask for sandwiches to be crisped up a bit and remember to grab napkins for the flour mustache you might get from the rolls. TKO cookies= dark intensely cocoa flavored cookies sandwiched around a fresh whipped cream based center-- I recommend twisting apart like a traditional oreo before eating, otherwise the center squishes out. Enthusiastic staff will helpfully indicate popular and personal favorites if you have trouble deciding what to choose. Quality of food makes it well worth the few extra dollars premium.