Flip the Double-Bird to Swimsuit Season with Nosh's Croque-Monsieur

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Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out.

Venue: Nosh

Sandwich: The Croque-Monsieur ($11)

Bread: Empire Baking brioche sliced thicker than pre-natal Jessica Simpson

Toppings: Bayonne ham, gruyere and bechamel

The Case: Simplicity is the theme of the week. While sandwiches with creatively delicious ingredients and exotic preparation are great, sometimes it's just good to have a simple sandwich prepared the right way. With that, I headed to the restaurant with the world's fourth shortest name: Nosh.

Situated on the cornerstone of a shopping center at Preston and Park, the newest Nosh has reinvented a space once occupied by a sushi restaurant. As soon as I walked in, my eyes were drawn to the open kitchen, which features bar-top seats surrounding it for those who want the pseudo-Benihana experience without all the spatular percussion.

I took a seat right in the line of fire, feeling I could gain an enhanced appreciation for my dish as it went through the infantile phases of its sandwich life. With the single-page menu in front of me, I instantly settle on the lone sandwich available (simplicity folks!), the Croque-Monsieur.

For those unfamiliar with the classic French gut grenade, it's typically a grilled ham and cheese (gruyere being the popular choice for its ideal melting qualities) topped with more cheese that is melted to a bubbly light brown. Variations have arisen such as the Croque-madame, which is simply topped with a fried egg, said to have resembled the lady's hats from the early 1900's.

Nosh's version sticks mostly to the original recipe, slathering a deliciously gooey house béchamel sauce on the inside of the sandwich prior to grilling. Brioche is the bread of choice, made by local purveyor Empire Baking. A quick chat with the chef, who'd just plated a head-turning paella, revealed that they recently switched from challah to the much more buttery French loaf, surely to avoid the semitic juxtaposition of the swine sandwich.

Once the sandwich arrived, I sized it up and tried to snap a decent photo without catching the eyes of the chefs or servers buzzing about. A small salad served as a brief guilt mitigator as I plowed through it on the way to the main course. The croque itself, while simple in construction, is incredibly rich in flavor. Bechamel and gruyere, despite coating the entire sandwich, lurk deliciously in the background of the taste. The dairy duo pick up the wonderful saltiness of the buttered bread.

The ham, stacked up in seemingly unending layers, provides a mild saltiness and the meaty foundation. Toward the middle of the sandwich, the ham completely takes over, making for a nice contrast with the edges, where more of the bread and cheese is present to the palate. Those edges are the real star of this dish. The creamy béchamel dripping over the sides and the crisp brioche turn what many consider the worst part of a sandwich into the best.

The Verdict: Flip the double-bird to swimsuit season by loading up on a summer's worth of calories, Nosh's classic Croque-Monsieur is absolutely worth it.

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More 'Wich Trials:
The Turkey Ciabatta at Bolsa Mercado
The Brough Ham Fleetwood at Off-Site Kitchen
Tha Nooner at Jonathon's Oak Cliff
The Fried Oyster Po' Boy at Po' Melvin's
The Sizzling Steak at Captain Nemo's




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Nosh Euro Bistro

4216 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I made this sammich tonight with a fresh baked honey ham and brie; and man O' man this is nice.......I don't like ham, but this blurb inspired me to ramble-porkside.  yum

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I salute you my Sporto brothers.....I SALUTE YOU GENTS!  What a fight.  And even Davy Crockett.  The only commenters we lacked is, maybe, Half Cat, and Rooster?  I haven't seen a pig pile like that since we torched the original "Scott", and "dr. g". 

More nutkicking.

ps-JBG?  Where are you?  I gotta be honest with you guys....I don't fight with JD anymore.  He doesn't give up-EVER.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Wow, this sandwich looks great!  It looks rich, creamy and in Non Kerg Fashion, looks well worth 11 bucks.  Hey, if it's worth it, I'll buy it....bravo.

todd
todd

not a big fan of  bechamel.  i'll take the $7 turkey sandwich please.    

Dilly
Dilly

Honestly, that sandwich looks off-balance.  Way too much ham.  Almost like they opened a pack of Hormel slices and stuck the entire thing on bread.  Couldn't they fluff it up a bit?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

That's the beauty of it.......it doesn't appear to be like basic Hormel product, and the way the gruyere brings the sandwich together is divine looking. It doesn't need fluff-it's not a pastry. 

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Bla bla bla $11?!?!?!, bla bla bla 5 McDoubles, bla bla bla Bennigans, bla bla bla happy ending, bla bla bla (anything Kergo writes), bla bla bla.

There - I just saved all the Sportatorium goofs the trouble of posting

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

Do you realize that the only person on this blog that actually likes more than 5% of what you write is you? 

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

So I'm supposed to take your opinion seriously?  An anonymous poster named after the vagina of some obscure sports talk radio personality? Oh by the way - I know more about sports than you do 

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Listen here boy - I will post comments where mother fuckin' damn well please. As will the rest of my Sportatorium (RIP) brethren.

Look fellers - you may not like us that came from the Sportatorium, but we ain't leaving. Though some of us rarely comment anymore (me).

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Nope. 

You're really not disproving douchiness. Or at least show a sense of humor, that'd be a welcome change from your normal uppity posts.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

actually they were selling out until about 3 years ago when the owner quit giving a shit, the fans uit writing checks to the owner.  The fans are coming back in droves, and i bet teh average 17k the rest of the year.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

LOL -thanks for proving my point. The stars haven't averaged 17k in years. I am glad you like hockey. I go to games occasionally, and listen to broadcasts/post games. But it's just not relevant.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

weird, I know a lot of people do, like the 17k a night in the house in 99 + the thousands of untold otheres celebrating in bars when at least the hockey team won a championship. and Fc Dallas rocks too. unlike you who sports snobs everyone by bashing sports with which he doesnt like, I enjoy sports, well except the sports where the athletes have vaginas

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I could really care less who you are, though I wish you and the sportos would go invade the knot instead of this blog

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

How am I outing you if your profile links to that twitter user?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Actually - I tweeet with a lot of folks

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Some one who has a fake twitter account named after a vagina as a "bit" just called me a douche.

By the way, leave the "bits" to people on the radio. Audience member who have "bits" are pathetic, except line 4 guy

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

Hey everybody look, @twitter-121250967:disqus is tryin to out me..ooooh im scared

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

oh and one more thing, you accuse me of jock sniffing yet all you do is tweet to all the writers of this here CoA, so who sniffing jock again

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

no.one.cares.about.hockey

What's next?  A women's basketball quiz?

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

oh and what was the point of posting my twitter address, all people have to do is click my name.  Were you trying to make some kind of point, or look cool to all your buddies for trying to out the Beav?  Or were you wanting to know who I really was so you could stalk me and hunt me down to do bodily harm to me. Just curious...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

well there you go, sports cred card pulled, there is no possible way you would know more than the beaver or the rest of us here when you disregard the stars as a sport people care about.  You must be just another front running schlep, move along.  dont you have some mixmaster blog to comment on with the rest of the hipsters

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

"I also was crowned the poster with the most likes ever for the Sportatorium."

Did you type this ironically?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I also was crowned the poster with the most likes ever for the Sportatorium.

And what's that got to do with you being a douche? Because you're a douche. 

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

huh?  Its a fuggin bit douche, and sybil knows about it, and even plays along.  I dont "jock sniff" though I hear you enjoy sniffing the man areas of farm animals

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

No I mean sports people care about. Though I do know the back-up goalie played, the STRRRRSSS got smoked in Winnipeg, their records on back-to-backs is laughable, and I met joe nieuwendyk at a stars game earlier this year, though I did have to google how to spell his name

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

wrong, oh so wrong.  and its not even close, now go slurp down some jack perkins half ass burgers

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I know about 20 people who would disagree.  I have a hard time believing you could name the starting 5 from last nights stars game without googling it

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

really, you think you know more a sports than me?  watersports maybe

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Well, what do you have here?  Hmmmmm?  Nope, the fish ain't bitin' today Big Jon.  Good day.  

ps-Thanks for the Sporto nod sir.  We exist. 

Mervis
Mervis

Wow, proactive trolling. Not very Jon Daniel of you.

Bla bla bla, bla bla bla, bla bla bla.

What is the sound of Jon Daniel going down on his boyfriend, Alex?

More Kergs.

Mervis
Mervis

Or his girlfriend, this is gender-independent commentary.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

POW.

Mervis-2Mr. Daniel-0

AND THE NEW CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, MEERRRRRVVVISSSSSS!

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Calling someone gay who doesn't think being gay is wrong is dumb

twinwillow
twinwillow

Jon, you and the Kergs need to go to the White House and share a beer or two. Or, three, or, four...........

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