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6 Catt. 3: In re Rolling Ficelle

2012 February 15

Opinion of JUSTICE CATTLEYA, in chambers.

Rolling Ficelle (“RF”), a mobile maker of sandwiches, rolled by my chambers on a day that I had forgotten my sack lunch at home. I was tempted to give it a pass and search for another “mobile gastronomic enterprise” because it was a frigid and blustery afternoon, and I doubted that a cold sandwich would be hearty enough for my stomach. But there was a long line outside RF’s truck while not even a single customer queued up for the food trucks on either side of it. Sensing the potential of a gastronomic gem, I ignored the call of a hot meal on a cold winter day and got in line for a sandwich.

Rolling Ficelle


It is the well-settled case law of the Supreme Cart that sandwiches are “street food,” as this court has defined the term. See In re Eat Wonky, 2 Catt. 5 (2011) (“[S]treet food is “the kind[] of food[] that can be cooked in front of you and [is] meant to be eaten with your hands, without forks, while standing up.”); In re Big Cheese, 6 Catt. 2 (2012) (finding that two different kinds of sandwiches qualified as street food under the Eat Wonky test). Because RF’s sandwiches constitute street food, “a presumption arises that the case should be affirmed” and that “the burden of proof lies entirely with the Supreme Cart to prove that the case should be remanded to [RF] for revision.” Big Cheese, 6 Catt. 2. I do not even want to try to meet this burden because the sandwich makers in this case are sandwich gods.


Let me be clear: RF doesn’t slap together simple deli sandwiches. It offers “gourmet sandwiches on fresh . . . [ficelle] bread.” The Chief Justice’s clerks (who have agreed to help me with research until I am able to secure my own clerk) inform me that a ficelle is like a French baguette, except it is smaller and thinner. RF’s ficelles are made by Lyon Bakery, a much-loved artisan bakery in DC.

When I reached the front of the line, the gentleman who took my order greeted me warmly. “Welcome,” he said in a, well, welcoming way.  (I noticed that to the lady ahead of me, he had said, “Welcome back.” How he knew that I was a new customer and she was a returning customer, I do not know.) I ordered the sandwich that was listed first on the menu, assuming its top spot meant that it was something of a signature dish. RF describes the Gorky Ficelle as “Danish ham layered with sliced Fresh Mozzarella cheese, tomato, chopped Kalamata olives, Pesto and fresh Basil.”

Gorky Ficelle

Did I like the Gorky Ficelle? I will answer that question with another question. When, oh when, can I eat it again? (Actually, I don’t just want another Gorky Ficelle. I want to try every sandwich on RF’s menu just for the chance to devour ficelle after ficelle. Lyon Bakery’s bread is the perfect loaf. A lovely golden brown color. Crusty on the outside. Soft and moist on the inside. A masterpiece of texture!)

RF’s sandwich fillings were of the highest quality. With every bite, I tasted good, fresh ingredients. My only complaint was that I couldn’t fit a little bit of everything—ham, mozzarella, tomato, olives, pesto, and basil—into one bite. (But that was probably a problem of jaw size and not a problem with the sandwich.) After I finished off every last crumb, this Associate Justice was very happy and full. (RF’s creations are pretty sizeable. RF offers a “combination” deal with chips and a drink, but the sandwich alone is enough for a meal.)

The bottom line: I plan to return to RF as soon as it comes around again. No, strike that. With high-quality sandwiches on perfect ficelles for a reasonable $6.95, I will chase down RF to wherever it parks. And when I next find myself in front of RF’s window, I hope that I will be recognized as a returning customer and greeted with a “welcome back.”

With great pleasure, the case is

AFFIRMED. It is so ordered.

2 Responses
  1. Tom D permalink
    February 15, 2012

    Affirmed, that this is the most creative review I have read in a while.

  2. ggk permalink
    February 15, 2012

    honored to have received the “welcome back” on my 2nd trip and every time since. not only am i a ‘welcome back-er’, but also one who chases down this truck if necessary. i, too, hope to try all the menu items; however, have found it often difficult not to get the last thing i got, just because it was so darn good… keep up the excellent work, Juan Jose & Co.!

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