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Big front Door BFD

chris2269 Dec 20, 2012 09:32 AM

Love this place, sometimes you just walk into something and everything just clicks. Love the space, the staff, and the concept. I guess its down to food though. First off I just have to say anyone winning about a $10 sandwich (I rounded up) can go to subway and eat two cardboard tasting foot longs and exclaim their value all day long (sorry that was directed at a yelp comment but it still gets under my skin). I had the Loins of Fire sandwich and the chipotle potato salad, both were great.
I wish I lived closer.

They are working on their beer and wine license...6 months out according to the staff. They have a good beer, wine and cheese selection and there is nothing I would rather do than grab a bottle and eat a cheese board at BFD.


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  1. DiningDiva RE: chris2269 Dec 20, 2012 12:48 PM

    I stopped in BFD shortly after they opened and picked up one of their turkey sandwiches. It was not a winner :-(

    Also, for a place purporting to be doing "hand crafted" products, they really need to get the Sysco private label Block & Barrel cheese and meat out of their deli display case.

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      chris2269 RE: DiningDiva Dec 20, 2012 02:08 PM

      Can not speak to your visit. when we went last weekend. They had cheese but it was Point Reyes Farmstead and the like Also the only meats in the display case were House cured Salmon, some marinated chicken breasts, and their house made side salads. When I was talking to them they had said they have now been open about 6 months so maybe they have grown a bit since the opening.

      I wouldn't have liked the place if it was the same sandwich I can get at my Jimbo's deli counter:)

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        DiningDiva RE: chris2269 Dec 20, 2012 02:51 PM

        No doubt they have worked some of the bugs out. The counter staff was unfailingly friendly when I was in, but unfortunately, the quality of the sandwich I got didn't really justify the price I paid.

        I hope they have worked things out because I really wanted to like them and they're in an area that really could use a good neighborhood place to stop into for a quick bite.

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      cstr RE: chris2269 Dec 21, 2012 07:16 AM

      I never thought of Subway as food.

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        ipsedixit RE: cstr Dec 21, 2012 07:32 AM

        I always considered it necessity ... in Manhattan.

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          cstr RE: ipsedixit Dec 21, 2012 07:36 AM


      2. Shannon RE: chris2269 Jan 6, 2013 10:23 AM

        I finally got down to Big Front Door yesterday... I really liked it too. No Sysco anywhere to be found now. (Well, unless they are hiding it well.) I went with my mom and my brother who is extraordinarily hard to please. Mom and I split the Natural - a French dip. Its not huge but the beef was really good. My brother had the Club and he had nothing but good things to say (rare for him, believe me.) The chipotle potato salad was good, the sesame slaw OK (it was a little drippy and a little vinegary for our taste.) We also had a killer chocolate cookie with pistachios and sea salt.

        As the OP said they have a good wine and beer selection but you can't drink it there. Its a good place to pick up a bottle if you want something a little better than what they offer at the Sprouts next door. When they get their on premise license it will be even better.

        I will definitely be back especially when I get a craving for a French dip.

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