There are plenty of fine dining restaurants in Washington, D.C. for you to choose from. But sometimes you just want something familiar and simple, like a sandwich. From little whole in the walls to renowned chef-owned eateries, there are places in D.C. where you can get a delicious sandwich. Here are a few of the best sandwiches in D.C.
1314 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Voted Best Sandwich In D.C. in a reader’s poll for The Washington Post, SUNdeVICH takes sandwiches to another level. With locally sourced ingredients on fresh-made French-style demi-baguettes, these sandwiches are a thousand times better than that tuna salad sandwich you brought to work. Perhaps the best sandwich on offer is the Kingston, a delectable jerk chicken sandwich with pineapple salsa, spicy slaw greens and garlic mayo. Jerk chicken is enough for a tasty sandwich, but combine that with the other ingredients and you have a sandwich you want to eat everyday.
The Italian Store
3123 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22201
Getting an authentic Italian sub or sandwich can be hard to do in the D.C. area. New York-bred Vincent Tramonte knew this all to well when he moved to the area in the 1940s. A few decades later, he opened his own Italian eatery, complete with Italian meats and cheeses imported from Italy. These imported goodies help make The Italian Store’s sandwiches stand apart. Of its many gourmet sandwiches, The Capri is a favorite. It comes with prosciutto, genoa salami, provolone and capicola ham. You can add lettuce, tomatoes, onions, oregano and the store’s special sauce, but you must add the sweet and hot peppers for a nice kick. Whether you get it on a hard or soft Italian roll, you will delight in the deliciousness of this very Italian sandwich.
G By Mike Isabella
2201 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Mike Isabella has a few hot restaurants in D.C., each delicious and well thought out. G is his sandwich shop that, like his other restaurants, is inspired by his Italian roots and culinary training. From a chicken parm to an Italian hero, the shop offers some classic sandwich fair. But the sandwich that has garnered a lot of attention is from a guest chef. Chef Scott Drewno’s creation for the shop, The Drewno, is a sausage sandwich that bites back. House-made kielbasa, sauerkraut and giardiniera together on fresh-made bread is so good that you’ll be wondering why you haven’t been eating this already.
1400 W St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Gas station food isn’t what you think of when you think of gourmet. Fast Gourmet is trying to change that. This street food restaurant, located on restaurant-heavy 14th street, boasts fresh ingredients for its flavorful menu options. When picking a sandwich, go for some of the gourmet versions of standards like falafel, hamburger or chicken salad. Or you can go for something on the Flair portion of the menu, specifically the chivito. It contains beef tenderloin, mozzarella, black forest ham, green olives, hard boiled eggs, escabeche, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo on a soft roll. This Uruguayan wonder is not for the casual sandwich eater.
3313 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
Columbia Heights is one of the D.C. neighborhoods that has managed to hold on to some of its cultural identity despite the addition of new apartment high rises and trendy restaurants. El Chucho is a tiny Mexican restaurant that serves authentic homemade cuisine that will make your mouth water. Including in that mix is its cemita de pollo con mole — a chicken sandwich with oaxaca cheese, black beans and sour cream. While the combination of sour cream, black beans and cheese sounds more like a taco or burrito, this sandwich will change your thoughts on sandwiches. If you haven’t had a cemita before, El Chucho is a great place to try one for the first time.
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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.