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Chomp! Napoleon's hits cue with food, service every time

By by jessica rodrigo/jrodrigo@vicad.com
Feb. 1, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.

The chicken salad at Napoleon's is perfection in between two slices of bread with lettuce and tomato. The large chunks that fall out during the meal beg only to be picked up with your fingers and devoured. Please, do.

Jessica's Rating

nFOOD: IIII

nSERVICE: III

nATMOSPHERE: II

The ratings are based purely on the individual's experience.

5 stars = raddest 1 star = bummer

Don't miss/Sure bets: Napoleon makes these savory and sweet candied bacons for a buck a pop. He skewers them and bakes them in the oven with sugar until they're crispy. If you're a fan of bacon, you must give it a try. Yarm.

Details: Address: 2806 N. Navarro St., Victoria, inside Harding & Parker Pharmacy Phone: 361-575-0691Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Sharing a space in the Corner Clinic with Harding & Parker is Napoleon's, a local favorite for 25 years.

The restaurant, which used to dwell in a shoebox-sized building on Laurent Street, moved to the small space inside the pharmacy last year. Regardless of the move, Napoleon's loyal patrons continue to spill through the double doors of the pharmacy in search of fresh fruit, finger sandwiches and what I heard was the best chicken salad. And it is.

Their menu is very simple - a single-sided sheet of paper tucked into a plastic page protector that lists no more than 15 plates on it. They only serve lunch and take-out orders, but are definitely worth sneaking away from the office. At first, it may be a little weird sitting at a table next to a shelf of allergy medicine, but, remember, they share a space with a pharmacy and all its inventory.

Anyhow, it gives you something to look at while you wait a short few minutes for your food to arrive.

Depending on the mood, I either order the B.L.T. or the chicken salad sandwich. You can choose to get chips or fruit on the side, since the sandwiches come a la carte, or nothing at all if you want to save room for a sweet treat.

The chicken salad is so perfectly mixed that the flavor of the chicken itself is not lost. Large chunks of chicken stud the salad in its mayo-based mix, and it comes served on toasted bread with crisp lettuce and a slice of juicy tomato.

The tuna is equally fashioned to perfection, and both can be ordered as a plate with a side of fruit. The fruit is always fresh with a mixture of cantaloupe, honey dew melon, apples, bananas, pineapples and strawberries. And it's a hefty serving, too. Often times, I need a box for the rest, for a late afternoon snack.

On nearly every visit I make to Napoleon's, I order the finger sandwiches. They are such a treat. The trick is that you can't wait until the end of the meal to eat them as you may run out of room to enjoy them.

The sandwiches are served in a pair with a nice and light honey syrup for dipping. The combination of the bread - a carrot bread - and the filling - a smooth and fluffy cream cheese mixture - are so perfectly matched that they hit the salty and sweet notes simultaneously making for a delicious end to a meal.

Don't let the location deter you from hopping in for a bite. The food and the service is always on spot.

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