After hearing so many great things about Breadline, I had never gone to try it — until recently.

  • Food:The “must try” dishes at Breadline, it seemed like to me, were the French Madrange Ham Sandwich and the fries.  So I ordered both of them.  On the counter where you order was a big bowl of mustard & horseradish mix (homemade perhaps?) and I grabbed a glob to put on my sandwich — such a good idea because it was a great addition!  Wrapped in butcher paper, the baguette was HUGE.  The bread was extremely crusty on the outside while not overpowering the flavor of the ham and cheese.  For a few brief moments, I felt like I was sitting in France…and then I snapped back into reality with the fries.  Double-fried, to me, means that they would be crispy.  Instead, they were pretty greasy and so soggy.  To say they were a disappointment is an understatement.  I would definitely skip the fries.  Oh, and in case you’re thinking I went at a weird time (which I am known to do), I went at 12 noon on the dot. 

Breadline French Madrange Ham Sandwich  Breadline Fries

  • Service: My lunch partner and I commented that it felt like the Soup Nazi, but that the staff were nicer.  There’s definitely a process and if you don’t know it, you’ll feel a little frazzled.  When you walk in, you’ll see two lines.  The one on the left is for salads while the one on the right is for sandwiches and soups.  Then the counter (with the mustard/horseradish mix) where you’ll pick up your food.  There are three checkouts — two next to the counter and there’s one by the beverage cooler (a little hidden). 
  • Atmosphere:With high ceilings and 3,500 sq feet of space, this place is big.  They have some seating in the back of the restaurant where you can grab your order, your laptop (free wi-fi), and get some work done.  Their bread offerings look really good too and I bet when they’re baking, the aroma is amazing.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:Loved the sandwich, but skip the fries.  My lunch partner ordered the black bean quesadilla.  She said it was flaky and delicious.  I’m looking forward to coming back and trying other items.  Their Thursday Cuban Sandwich and Oyster Po’ Boy both sound really good.


  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Address: 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-822-8900