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“Incredible bread is just the beginning!” 5 of 5 stars
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Bon Fresco
6945 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD
410-290-3434
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Ranked #7 of 223 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Description: twitter: @bonfresco
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Incredible bread is just the beginning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

There's a world-class baker at work here, turning out some of the best ciabattas and focaccias you'll ever taste. Then he uses them as the foundation for a delightful array of creative and reasonably priced sandwiches. We've never been disappointed in our many visits. Also, there are tasty soups and salads made fresh every day. You like pastries? Try his ... and smile!

If you've lived in Howard County a long time, you might remember an amazing sandwich restaurant called Roy's Place Too. It's been gone for some time, but for my money, Bon Fresco takes its crown as the best maker of sandwiches around.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
“good, inexpensive, local”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The bread is great and made in-house, the prices reasonable (6-7 bucks per sandwich), and it's an independent-- what's to not like?

The london broil (served warm) on ciabatta is outstanding. The pork loin was decent but could have used spice/heat rather than the saltiness of olive tapenade.

Parking area is smallish. Interior is larger/nicer than I expected for a "sandwich shop".

This is a decent spot for a casual meal (thanks HowChow blog for mentioning it!), good enough to add to my rotation. I really enjoy this sort of small, local restaurant...eat local!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, Maryland, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best Sandwich Shop -- ANYWHERE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Bon Fresco is our #1 quick casual restaurant by a wide margin. Our family goes there about once a week so we've established a great relationship with the owner, Gerald. We're always greeted personally and he's quick to throw in freebies to reward our frequent patronage.

As for the food, well the homemade soups and sandwiches are all terrific. London Broil sandwiches, the amazing saffron tomato soup, and the chicken curry salad are all definite favorites. But you really go for the sourdough bread that comes with all the sandwiches and soups. It's often still warm -- right out of the oven. Gerald knows that I often ask to buy a couple of extra rolls of the sourdough.

Be careful visiting BF for a weekday lunch however. It's grown so popular that it can be tricky getting in the door some days. So I'd recommend an evening or Saturday visit (they are never open on Sundays).

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“I have mixed feelings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We go here alot-- most often we get the london broil -- Sides are too limited and other options off to the right are stale with little taste. I love the sandwich's and service is ehhhh... theres only a couple of employees and I have not found any of them very cheerful or attentive. They are very fresh as multiple reviewers have noted -- the only thing I have noticed is that they lack flavoring.... alot of the options I have tasted apart from the london broil come off to me as being bland

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great little sandwich joint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The fresh-baked bread and veggie toppings/condiments alone were worth the search to find this out-of-the way little cafe. You order at the counter, and they call your number when ready. They didn't seem to have a printed menu, except on the wall. They offer sandwiches, salads, soups, a veggy platter, and desserts. Drinks are self-service. My chicken breast sandwich was served on a perfect ciabatta with caramelized onions and a wonderful sun-dried tomato pesto--delicious! I spent an extra $0.50 for a side of couscous salad and was disappointed -- it was really bland. Still. It's worth the trip. Go, enjoy a sandwich, soup, and/or salad.

Visited December 2012
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