East Hampton Heads to Houston

Dallas restaurant bringing 'bomb sandwiches' to Montrose and River Oaks District

Dallas restaurant bringing 'bomb sandwiches' to Houston in 2018

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East Hampton Sandwich Company is coming to Houston. East Hampton Sandwich Co./Facebook
Hunter Pond of East Hampton Sandwich Co.
East Hampton owner Hunter Pond is excited about Houston. Photo by Joy Zhang
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A sign at River Oaks District advertises East Hampton's impending arrival.  Photo by Eric Sandler
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Hunter Pond of East Hampton Sandwich Co.
East Hampton Sandwich Co River Oaks District

One of Dallas’ most popular sandwich purveyors has big plans for Houston. East Hampton Sandwich Co., a casual restaurant that serves sandwiches and salads, will open two locations here next year.

That East Hampton Sandwich Co. has its eyes on the Bayou City isn’t exactly news — its plans to join Velvet Taco and Chills360 in Montrose have been widely reported — but the company is also working on a second location next to Hopdoddy in River Oaks District. Both are expected to open in the spring.

“We’ve been looking in Houston for well over a year. It took us awhile to find the perfect spots that really checked all our boxes,” East Hampton founder Hunter Pond tells CultureMap. Later, he adds, “we looked for high traffic areas. We really studied the neighborhoods. Montrose is really vibrant. The River Oaks neighborhood is a well-estbalished neighborhood. It’s very affluent, similar to the Park Cities neighborhood where we got started.”

Since opening in 2012, East Hampton has grown to eight locations across Dallas-Fort Worth thanks to its combination of high quality ingredients and a stylish atmosphere. Unlike other sandwich restaurants that rely on diners to assemble their meals, East Hampton creates its sandwiches with a defined mix of meats and sauces.

“We roast the meats and craft the sauces in house,” founder Hunter Pond tells CultureMap. “We make the sauces and craft some pretty bomb sandwiches...The flavor profiles are pretty unique, because the sauce combinations are pretty killer and the meats we roast in house aren’t full of nitrates.”

Breads are sourced from local bakeries, but those who are looking to cut carbs can order most of the sandwiches as a salad. Beer and wine make it a dinner destination.

While the company has established an upscale image, Pond notes that it still keeps prices reasonable. Almost every item is under $10, and even the celebrated lobster roll is only $18. As for Pond’s favorite, he recommends the Fried Chicken Jack. “That jalapeno cream sauce that comes on it is addictive,” he notes.

East Hampton joins a number of Dallas-based restaurants that have come to Houston recently, including Velvet Taco, Neapolitan pizza restaurant Cane Rosso, and Rise nº2. Breaking into the Houston market can be difficult, but Pond says he’s ready for the challenge.

“We’re really pumped about Houston,” Pond says.