East Hampton Sandwich Co. is coming in with a bang as it joins the Houston food scene. They opened their first location in the ultra chic River Oaks District a few months back and have now joined Velvet Taco in a new retail space in Montrose. I had the pleasure of visiting yesterday during their grand opening and of course I have thoughts below on East Hampton Sandwich Co.!
Located at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose, the second location is in a great spot near Snooze and Velvet Taco. Best of all, it has its own parking lot which is unheard of on that part of town. After securing a coveted parking spot near the door, I headed inside. The interior fits with the casual “Hamptons” vibe with the colors and wainscoting.
Guests place their orders at the counter, help themselves to the self-service drinks and then pick a table. The food is then delivered by servers to the table. All and all it is a pretty casual spot which focuses on making good sandwiches (burgers, melts and lobster rolls). There are few elements like wine, frose and $20 lobster sandwiches that takes it up a notch though.
During my trips to Boston, I somehow skipped the traditional lobster roll. My main experience with lobster rolls has been through a popular food truck here in Houston. So when I took a bite, I expected that flavor. A subtle sweetness that comes from the bread and the mayo. The bread had it yet the lobster lacked it for me. I had the urge to throw a bit of the seasoning from the fries on to my lobster to give it the additional flavor note I was looking for. Again, maybe that is how it is supposed to be since I do not claim to be a lobster roll expert. On a positive note, I thought it was super fresh and had a nice amount of lobster piled on top.
The menu just had some many options that I had to try some other stuff too. So I ordered the Buffalo Bleu Chicken sandwich which is a seasonal dish. The battered chicken is topped with buffalo sauce, bacon and bleu cheese. PDQ partnered with B&B Butchers some years back and made a dish similar to this and I LOVED it. So no surprise that I loved this one too.
I also nibbled on the ranch fries. Not sure the source of their name sincethere was no ranch involved just loads of good seasoning. which I enjoyed. I also am a fan of the red pepper and gouda chowder which a staff member adequately described as pizza soup. Highly recommend that for fans of tomato soup. Other good things, they have gluten free bread and any sandwich can be turned in to a wrap or salad!
Everyone was freaking out over the frose and yes it is pretty cool that a casual spot is joining the craze. But trust me when I say do not be distracted by the frose! The best drinks here are their signature Hampton Style Lemonades! I tried the Watermelon and thought it had the perfect level of sweetness and flavor. You really cannot go wrong with these. Guests also can grab a glass of wine and your traditional soft drinks.
I am always looking for more fast causals to add to the rotation when I need a quick meal with no frills. East Hampton Sandwich fits a niche and I will definitely be back!