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“Best sandwiches ever!” 5 of 5 stars
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Bon Fresco
6945 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD
410-290-3434
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Ranked #6 of 205 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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Dining options: Lunch
Description: twitter: @bonfresco
Laurel, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best sandwiches ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We eat here regularly. Gerald bakes the bread fresh daily and the ingredients are more interesting than the typical sandwich shop (ie: London Broil, Brie with caramelized onions...). They also have spicy style if that is your speed. The pastry is delicious (also made fresh daily) especially the chocolate-filled croissants! Sides are inventive and tasty. Very popular place and no wonder!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Columbia, Maryland
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good sandwiches....fresh baked bread!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

I had gone here once the first month they opened & hadn't been back since until recently with my husband. His coworkers introduced him to it and we went for dinner one day. Not quite an ideal "sit down" place....but definitely a great grab-and-go sandwich spot. Food is fresh and yummy!! Definite potential to take their menu to the next level.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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