Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria is in a great neighborhood near the Executive Airport but if you blink you may miss it. And that would be a shame. Pom Pom’s is a great spot for a sandwich or a bowl of soup.
We have tried to eat there before and we walked in on a weekday at lunchtime and it was packed so we left. This time we went on a Saturday afternoon and while it was busy we were still able to grab a table.
They have a daily tea and soup of the day and I had to try both. The tea was Kiwi-Japanese, a mix of their Kiwi-Pear and Japanese Morgonteau teas and it was served hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened. I made the mistake of ordering it sweetened and it was really sweet- the tea was perfect without adding anything to it. I only know this because when I ordered a refill, I got it unsweetened and it was great. So order the unsweetened version and add your own sugar as needed. Lesson learned. But it was still good.
The soup was White Cheddar Poblano and it was arguably one of the best soups I have ever had. It was like eating straight spicy Queso cheese. Heavenly. Probably wasn’t great on the waistline but it was tasty on the tongue. Hey- I had to splurge, after all, I did order a very healthy sandwich- sort of.
My dining companion and I ordered two sandwiches to split. First we ordered the Veggie on Rye bread. Tomatoes, Alfalfa Sprouts, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Avocado, Cream Cheese, Provolone Cheese and Thousand Island Dressing on toasted Rye. It was a big sandwich- they didn’t skimp on the veggies. Well worth the $7 price.
The second sandwich we got was the Seasonal Berry Melt on Pumpernickel. The seasonal berries were raspberries, blueberries and strawberries mixed with Brie, Red Onions and Honey Mustard. The tartness of the brie with the sweetness of the berries made this sandwich delicious. By recommendation from our server we chose the Pumpernickel bread which was lightly toasted and really showcased the flavors of the fillings.
We each ordered a side with our sandwiches and we tried the Southern Slaw and the Asian Slaw. Not too many sides really jumped out at us and frankly, neither one of us really cared for any of the slaws. The flavors were very pungent and was a distracting accompaniment to the main stars- the sandwiches. Next time I would just forgo the side and let the sandwich do all the work.
We really liked this place. One complaint we would have is that it is a very very small space with only about 6 tables so you really have to be patient if you want to eat there. However, if you are the owner here- this is probably a good problem to have although we did see a few people turn around and leave like we did the first time we went there when there wasn’t a table available. The service was good but they may have been understaffed when we were there. Our server was not only waiting tables but also manning the counter as people came in to place to go orders. We had to wait a little bit for even just our drinks to arrive. And lastly, the parking is very limited. Pom Pom’s sits in a mini strip mall on Bumby with a few other businesses sharing a tiny parking lot. And there really isn’t a place to park behind the building or across the street so you have to be patient in the parking lot too and wait for someone to leave.
So if you can find a time to visit during non-conventional hours (they are open 24 hours a day from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening) or just bring along your patience, you will love this place. Four out of five sprouts.