We had waited to avoid the rush that happens when new restaurants open and for them to get all the pieces in place. Make no mistake, the pieces are in place. The restaurant was still packed but we were able to snag a table in the small indoor dining room. There were a few empty spots on the patio, but eating outside in 100 degree heat has lost its charm for this old foodie. Yes, there’s shade and yes, there are misters but still, it’s too damn hot!
Anyway, August Rhodes is located in the former home of the original Prep & Pastry on Campbell Avenue. They’ve done a great job on the remodel. Gone are is the chalk board art and the bar. The back wall has large patterned wall paper in a modern art deco style. The fire place hold plants and stuff.It looks like a very, hip place for ladies who lunch.
Unlike P&P and Commoner, this is fast casual dining where one orders from a menu that hangs above the counter. There was a line, but there were two people taking the orders so our wait was almost non-existent. Sandwiches and salads are the backbone. Ingredients are local as much as possible and in a clever twist, many of the breads are baked in house. You can even buy loaves to take home. Vegans will be happy with the four options that are on the menu. Kids have three choices.
We ordered the turkey club and the grinder, two old school sandwiches. Soft drink choices were plentiful and varied but we just poured ourselves two lemonades (we did try the blueberry limeade as a refill which was top shelf) from the half-dozen fountain machines that line the counter.
The servers were running beautiful looking plates to the mixed bag of diners. The sandwiches are so big you could pretty much tell what everyone has ordered.
Our sandwiches arrived quickly. They were beautiful! The house made potato chips, thin and golden brown, added to the pretty plating. Should chips not be your thing you can substitute hummus & crudite, pasta salad, fries and a secret sauce, fruit and tajin or kimchi slaw. I think I could make a meal of just the substitutes.
The fillings in both sandwiches were of the finest quality, The grinner was served on a crispy, fresh baguette and filled with capicolla, salami, pepperoni, pickles, provolone, pepperoncini (cut in tiny circles and spread over the whole sandwich which made them easier to eat than big chunks found most places) and romaine and dressed in a perfectly balanced viniagrette. This sandwich was fresh!
The club was served on super thick slices of house-made sourdough. The slices so think it would have been impossible to make a triple-decker that makes a club sandwich a club sandwich, but that didn’t matter. The turkey, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, pickles and mayo came together like magic.
Both sandwiches had just the right amount of fillings. Often sandwich shops cram fillings in the sandwiches usually with the cheaper meats and then in an attempt to make a “pretty” sandwich over do the lettuce. Not so here. This is how a sandwich should be built.
Two bites in and we were making plans to return.
Service was outstanding from the counter person to the manager who refilled a drink for us by taking the cup back to the fountain machine not from a pitcher. They all seemed genuinely happy in their work.
Currently only wine and beer potent potables are available but the sign in the window notes a liquor license is in the works.
We’ll be back. I want to try the soups and a salad and several of the sandwiches. I guess that means more than one revisit.