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Huy’s Sandwiches

The #9 Grilled Pork

The Reviews:

Skillet

I’d read about Huy’s on a couple of sites and was anxious to give it a try.  I have limited experience with Vietnamese food, but I’ve really enjoyed what I have tried.  At Huy’s prices, I should have gotten one of everything to sample, but I settled on just two sandwiches.  I had the #1, which is the head cheese (another first for me), ham, steamed pork and pate’ combination and the grilled beef (#14).  I wound up finishing off all of the grilled beef and about half of the combination.  The sandwiches were good, but I expected a little more punch from some of the flavors.  The grilled beef was reminiscent of bulgogi to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The french bread was just about perfect with a crusty exterior and a soft middle.  The vegetables on top were fresh and crisp, but the sandwich could have used just a little more cilantro.

The combination sandwich was a little disappointing.  If all head cheese tastes like this you can sign me up for the fanclub, but the pate’ threw the sandwich into a tailspin.  It left sort of a muddy taste in my mouth.  When I pulled the individual meats and veggies off, they were all pretty good.  The head cheese had a nice garlicky taste that I liked a lot.  Pepper looked at me like I’d lost my mind when I told her that.  She tired the grilled beef, but she drew a line in the sand on this one.

If we lived closer, I think this place would be a once every couple of weeks destination.  There are some negatives, such as no interior seating or bathrooms.  I guess not having these things helps keep overhead down and allows them to sell sandwiches for $2.50.  All in all, anytime you can leave a restaurant with 3 large sandwiches and a drink for less than $10, you have to call that a win.

Pepper

So, yeah, I had a pretty bad head cold at this point in the weekend and at Skillet’s insistence, I had taken some Sudafed. I don’t really do well taking meds and had already taken one nap (I took another right after we ate here) and was still feeling really groggy by the time we rolled up to the place late afternoon. This review will pretty much reflect that feeling in that I remember I ordered, I paid, I ate and was pretty blah about the whole experience. Probably due to being out of it.

But you didn’t come here to read about my state of being, so I will get on with it. Sort of. What can I say? A sandwich packed with meat and veggies for only $2.50. For the price you really cannot beat it. I had the grilled pork (#9) and thought overall it was pretty tasty. (Descriptive, huh?) The meat was tender and the bread and veggies tasted really fresh. It could have used a little more cilantro or something as it just didn’t completely wow me like I was expecting. The bites I had with the cilantro and the meat were outstanding, but few and far between. Anyway, bottom line if you are in the area, you should really try it. But, that being said, I don’t think I would go out of my way to come here.Or maybe it was awesome and I was just out of it. How about this? Just forget you read this and stick to Skillet’s review, but take out the part about pate and headcheese. Oh, oh, and we ate outside. I remember eating outside…. yeah, just read Skillet’s…

The Rundown:

Huy’s Sandwiches
6100 Live Oak Pkwy
Norcross, GA 30093

Huy’s Sandwiches is a small Vietnamese sandwich shop with insanely low prices (and insanely bright colored rice). There is no seating inside and only two tables out on the sidewalk up front.

Type of Food: Vietnamese Sandwiches (Menu)
Portions: Just Right
Service: Getting the Full 20% (FYI, this is just a counter service place)
Location: Didn’t scare Pepper (Although Skillet was actually nervous here)
Acceptable Dress: Flip Flops
Bathrooms: N/A
Cost: $9.80 (with tax)
Afforkable Rating: Might Give It Another Chance

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Douceur de France

The Reviews:

Pepper

Skillet cheated on me and ate here last week. A new place. Without me. Not that I am bitter or anything (coughcoughjerkcough). Anyway, parking was behind the building, as was a porch where a few diners were already enjoying the sunny, but coolish morning. Inside felt slightly cramped and it always makes me a little crazy when a crowded restaurant doesn’t have any kind of wait list. I need order, people! We quickly snagged the last open table as more folks were coming in behind us. Our table faced the rest of the restaurant so we got to people watch and I noticed that all kinds of folks frequent this place – families, seniors, hipsters, couples – you name it. This place seems family run (complete with mother-daughter angst) which adds to the overall warm and friendly feeling of the place.

The waitress greeted us with a “Bonjour” and I got to use what little French I know exchanging pleasantries. Skillet and I both ordered hot tea and each received our own tea pots with at least 2 cups full of water and an assortment of teas.  I am normally not a huge breakfast eater and thought about ordering the Tourte au Poulet (a chicken pot pie-type dish covered in a creamy mushroom sauce), but I knew we would be having a pretty rich meal that night at 5&10. So, I went back and forth between the quiche or the 3 egg omelette before just asking the waitress. She suggested the omelette so I went with that adding bacon, mushrooms, green onions and provolone cheese. 3 eggs doesn’t seem that big when you say it, but this sucker was huge. It was probably the fluffiest omelette I have ever seen and it had just the right amount of filling. It was pretty much the perfect omelette (Sorry, Dad). And it came with a croissant (which I planned on saving for later, but once I took a bite I couldn’t stop eating it either). We will be back as I will have that tourte!

Skillet

Yes, I ate there without her, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.  I had the Salmon Panini on my first visit, and I fully intended to get something different on my return, but I just couldn’t do it.  This is their version of Eggs Benedict and consisted of two poached eggs sitting atop smoked salmon, thinly sliced tomatoes and a slice of french bread, all topped with hollandaise sauce.  It was really good the first time I ate there, but it was even better the second time.  The eggs were perfectly poached and the runny yolks made the hollandaise even better.  The smoked salmon didn’t overpower the dish, and the acidity in the tomatoes balanced the whole thing out nicely.  The potatoes served with the meal were good, but the star of the show was definitely the panini.

I thought the service was excellent.  The food took a little while to come out, but it was worth the wait.  If you’re in a hurry, order something from the pastry case up front or go to the Chik Fil A up the street.  One thing that I particularly appreciated was the fact that our waitress was attentive without hovering over our table.  When I’m eating breakfast out somewhere, I don’t need rainbows and sunshine sprinkled all over me.  Just bring me my food, make sure it’s right, then let me eat it.  She came by and checked on us once or twice, and even though the restaurant was packed, I never felt rushed.  All in all, this was a great find that would be perfect to bring the whole family to for brunch.  I’m looking forward to trying their lunch menu on my next visit.

The Rundown:

Douceur de France
1173 Alpharetta St.
Roswell, Georgia 30075
770-650-1173

Douceur de France is a small breakfast and lunch restaurant specializing in French pastries and dishes.  They have another location in Marietta.  We ate here for brunch on a Saturday morning and the dining room was full the whole time we were there.

Type of Food: Breakfast and French (Menu)
Portions: Ginormous
Service: Getting the Full 20%
Location: Didn’t scare Pepper
Acceptable Dress: Flip Flops
Bathrooms: Feels Like Home
Cost: $29.00 (with tax and tip)
Afforkable Rating: Add to Regular Rotation

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Road Trip: Atlanta/Athens

Where we ate:

Douceur de France

Huy’s Sandwiches

5 & 10

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We will mostly be visiting your more reasonably priced establishments as we are what most would consider, not rich. We will rate not only the food, but the service, location, value and possibly even the bathrooms (come on, wouldn’t you like to know if you should go beforehand?). We’ll take photos if we don’t think it will be too distracting to those around us. We will also let you know how we found the place and whether it was worth the trip. Oh, and the liquor. Don’t forget the booze.

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