French Sandwiches has been serving up breakfast and lunch to the Med Center crowd for 19 years now. I doubt much has changed with the place since its opening, from its plant-filled ambience to its small yet varied menu.
That lack of interest in pursuing what others deem trendy has been a part of its success, for the people who run the modest restaurant know exactly what they’re doing. And they do it well.
Each of the sandwiches comes with a choice of soup, salad or chips as well as a cream pastry. So that paté sandwich or French Grilled Tuna priced at $6.25 is what amounts to as many as three courses. (Chips do not a course make unless they are hand cut and fried to a deep brown.)
The spread impressed a friend of mine on a recent visit, so much so that she was happy to return the following week.
On her first visit, she had the Fajita au boeuf avec fromage, which is French for beef fajitas with cheese. They arrived melted into a buttery croissant with everything, stir-fried onions included, coalescing into a juicy whole.
She also had the soup that day, a chicken corn soup that was pleasant, but not as rewarding as the salty French Onion with a large cheesy crouton floating on top.
I opted for the Chef’s Continental sandwich, a careful layering of paté, chicken and sausage with cucumber and cilantro adding texture, a welcome freshness and a well-chosen layering of flavors.
I ordered it on the French bread, which I prefer at the restaurant. It’s a little sturdier and has a heartier crust, which makes biting into the sandwich more of a European delight.
On our next visit, I opted for my usual order, the roast beef sandwich, which comes with more of those silky onions and the bite of horseradish to give it extra oomph.
An omelet from the breakfast menu with bacon, bell pepper, garlic and two cheeses was good, but somehow failed to measure up to the sandwiches.
Yet one bite of the tiny cream puff made all well. It’s a nice touch, and I’m sure it keeps many coming back to French Sandwiches.
8448 Fredericksburg Road at Wurzbach
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
$ = $10 and under for 1 entrée
$$ = $10-$20
$$$ = $20-$30
$$$$ = $30 and more