Cheap Eats 2012: Bon Fresco

London broil sandwich on ciabatta bread (left) and a Brie sandwich on a fresh baguette (right). Photographs by Scott Suchman

Cheap Eats 2012

Walking into this storefront, you might think it’s a Quiznos knockoff. Then you catch a whiff of baking bread —that wonderful, yeasty aroma that says the guy behind the counter has mastered his craft. That would be Gerald Koh, who spent years at downtown DC’s Breadline.

His sandwiches recall the glory days of that acclaimed cafe, particularly a combination of Brie, caramelized onions, and sun-dried-tomato pesto on a light baguette and a ciabatta with juicy London broil and provolone. Soups reflect real care, and grilled-vegetable and lentil salads are more than afterthoughts. Koh has even reprised Breadline’s mascarpone-filled chocolate cookies—but good luck getting them after 2 pm.

Also good: Tomato-saffron and chicken-noodle soups; Genoa (Genoa salami, soppresatta, and provolone) and grilled-veggie sandwiches.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.