Fast Food at the French House

This restaurant's sandwiches are surprisingly good, if you stick with the baguettes and croissants

I had driven by the French Riviera Bakery on Chimney Rock between Richmond and Westheimer a thousand times before. But now, thanks to my French House visits and Galvani's recommendation, I was curious. So I stopped off for breakfast one morning.

The bakery, I discovered, is also Asian-owned. There are lots of French bakeries owned by Vietnamese bakers in Houston; they're famous for their Vietnamese sandwiches. Alpha Bakery in Hong Kong City Mall and Parisian Bakery on Beechnut are a couple of my Vietnamese-French favorites. But the Chinese-French fusion was new to me. Next week, I will recount my delightful experience at French Riviera Bakery.

The last time I had lunch at French House, I took Houston architect Jim Herd along to talk about renovating my kitchen. Herd's firm not only does residential work, they also designed such upscale Houston restaurants as Catalan. He was understandably underwhelmed by the little sandwich shop's dull decor.

Go with the sandwiches on crusty bread and the cold soup.
Daniel Kramer
Go with the sandwiches on crusty bread and the cold soup.

Location Info


The French House

5901 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77057

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Galleria


Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Breakfast croissant: $5.65

BLT with avocado: $6.55

Ham & Swiss sandwich: $5.55

Roast beef sandwich: $7.35

Cold cucumber soup: $2.99

5901 Westheimer, 713-781-3406.

But Herd's office is right down the street, and he liked his turkey sandwich just fine. He also thought the cucumber soup was excellent. So I asked him if he would eat lunch at French House again. He said probably not.

"There's nothing wrong with the food," he said. "There are just too many other exciting restaurants to choose from in Houston."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

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