|The "croque monsieur" at Tersiguel's|
The proof of Tersiguel's talents are in its variation of the croque monsieur where my brain was surprised that there was no barbecue sauce at all.
The sandwich -- a variation because it isn't the grilled, cheesy version most restaurants would serve -- comes at lunch with slow-cooked pork, creamed cabbage and an alioli. Four ingredients if you add the bread, almost plain-looking for a $12 plate.
But those ingredients sing. Moist pork with a subtle, but strong flavor that paid perfectly with the fresh taste of cabbage. I don't normally want creaminess in slaw, but I loved it on the Tersiguel's sandwich. And the bread. The bread! Tersiguel's bakes beautiful bread -- a crisp crust, an airy interior -- for both your bread basket and for the sandwich. The roll was soft, yet held up to the moist fillings even as I ate slowly to savor our fancy lunch.
My brain expected meat so moist and flavorful to be covered in sauce. Tersiguel's has basically created a pulled pork sandwich, but they have the skill to bring everything out of the pork with just the simplest support. That's the fun of a pro kitchen.
Lunch at Tersiguel's is a less-expensive way to try Howard County's most famous restaurant. I chose between the sandwich and several crepes that looked equally delicious. If you can catch a pretty afternoon, it's perfect to eat and then window shop along Main Street or walk downhill for a coffee at the Bean Hollow.
8293 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
NEAR: Tersiguel's is in downtown Ellicott City. It's on Main Street right next to the large public parking lot. That's just up the hill from the light at Old Columbia Pike.