1st Ward Eclectic Sandwiches Don’t Have to Have a Theme

1st Ward opened this June at Front and Morris with a menu of about a dozen sandwiches and some sides. With a few seats inside, a few seats outside- it’s a welcoming, streamlined operation. I was pretty impressed at the diversity on the small sandwich menu and the fact that I probably could have been happy eating any of them.


What I initially liked about the lamb neck crespelle ($10) concept is that they take something as delicate as a crepe and then stuff it with the neck of a really cute animal.  Besides irony, they add other things I like- caramelized onions, goat cheese, and bacon. I was hesitant to see how a sandwich place would handle the making of a crepe, but this had a great roti-like texture. The lamb neck edges had crunchy grilled texture- like what you might find on a short-rib. My one complaint was that there were a few inedible fat/cartilage (or whatever you find in necks) pieces that were made harder to pick out because of the crepe format.

Pork Schnitzel ($12) with arugula, fried egg, and a cherry mustarda was a heartier choice. The breaded pork loin was pounded to a uniform width and greaseless.  The sweet, spicy mustarda made things more interesting and the seeded roll help up to the rest of the ingredients.

From a Vietnamese banh mi to an   oyster po boy, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to how the menu was created besides deliciousness. I have the short rib on my radar for next time.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Tempting list of diverse sandwiches
  • Outdoor seating and BYO

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Closed Monday
1st Ward, 100 Morris St,  215 551 8000



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