Category Archives: Best of D.C.

#PARTISANDWICHES: The Favorite Sandwiches of DC’s Politicos Revealed

The Classic Italian from A. Litteri’s, “the real Florida Ave market,” according to hizzoner Marion Barry.

In every corner of the world, Washington, D.C., is synonymous with politics. But as those of us who call the District home know all too well, the political drama and general dysfunction of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and the Capitol dome pale in comparison to those of our own city council and mayor’s office. Next week’s all-important primary elections will determine some of the individuals responsible for helping overcome critical challenges facing our largely prosperous city.

Imagine our outrage then that none of the reporters or moderators granted access to the candidates in the run-up to the election posed the one question each of these wannabes should, in our opinion, be forced to answer: What is your favorite sandwich in D.C.?

In a heroic effort to to provide the electorate the information it needs to make the right decisions in the voting booth, I spent the last few months intermittently harassing the candidates and incumbent councilmembers with this query via Twitter. The responses of those with the courage to reply are included here. Needless to say, the silence of the others speaks volumes. Continue reading

Handicapping Washingtonian Magazine’s “Great Sandwich Smackdown”

SmackdownLogoBetween Washington City Paper‘s weekly “‘Wiching Hour” feature, Washingtonian‘s Ultimate Sandwich Guide, and the Washington Post Going Out Guide’s sandwich-saturated 40 Essential Dishes of 2014 list, local big media have done an admirable job in the recent past giving the D.C. sandwich scene the attention it deserves. What’s better, the extensive coverage is more than warranted by the ever-increasing diversity and quality on offer in the nation’s capital.

With the Great Sandwich Smackdown, which begins March 17, Washingtonian is taking the sandwich love to a new level. Each March, the magazine selects 16 of the area’s most popular purveyors of a popular foodstuff and pits them against each other in a tournament-style, elimination contest in which readers decide the winner of each head-to-head round until a champion is declared. This year, sandwiches take center stage, and Eat a Sandwich is the place for expert tournament analysis and prognostication. Consider us your Dickie V. Continue reading

Where to Eat in D.C.: The EAS Sandwich Map

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There are few better places to be a hungry sandwich lover right now than Washington, D.C. The trickle-down from the city’s burgeoning fine dining scene has brought with it a demand for better, fresher ingredients and more daring combinations of texture and flavor. Thanks to the district’s international diversity, a stunning range of ethnic variations are within easy reach. Although the relics of our less evolved age persist — downtown, for example, remains peppered with characterless chain shops — sandwich lovers in our nation’s capital are increasingly spoiled for choice. Continue reading

Dispatch: The Romesco Roasted Squash at Pleasant Pops

Romesco, roasted squash, and feta on ciabatta.

Romesco, roasted squash, and feta on ciabatta.

BY KATE BIGAM, LOCAL CORRESPONDENT

Confession: I’m wary of sandwiches served sans meat.

Of course, this very blog dedicated the entire month of September to meatless sandwiches, featuring a number of delicious bread/not bread/bread combos that included no animal carcasses whatsoever. And some of the most beloved classic sandwiches are meatless, including my favorite, grilled cheese, and that childhood staple, PB&J.

What, then, makes me such a hater? For some reason, when I think “vegetarian sandwich,” I think “hummus” — and though my Jewish roots may dictate that I should find joy in hummus sandwiches, I just… don’t.

I was forced to face my prejudice against vegetarian sandwiches when I happened upon Pleasant Pops, an Adams Morgan café that specializes in gourmet ice pops. (Un-sandwich-related sidenote:  Their ice pops are made with locally sourced fruit, veggies, herbs, and dairy, featuring 100+ flavors from sweet corn to watermelon mint to Thai iced tea, and just about everything in between.) Though Pleasant Pops doesn’t advertise itself as vegetarian, a quick once-over of their menu revealed my biggest lunchtime fear: not an animal byproduct in sight — but not a slathering of hummus to be found, either, so perhaps it all balanced out. Continue reading

The 10 Best Sandwiches of 2013

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Like every year before it, a lot went down in 2013. Triumphs and tragedies, deaths and rebirths, dustups and shutdowns. On the personal front, I got married. I traveled. I moved to a new neighborhood on the other side of town. And through it all, there were sandwiches. In most cases, I can remember what I was doing immediately prior to and after all of them. I remember what the weather was like outside. The sandwiches I ate over the past 12 months are a thread that binds together an otherwise meandering and disjointed collection of experiences.

All these sandwiches were enjoyed, of course, but some clearly stood above the rest. A few were noteworthy for their bizarre ingredients. Others are memorable for where, when or with whom they were eaten. Still more were exceptional for their pure, indisputable excellence. As we approach a new beginning, it’s important to take a look back and appreciate the spoils of a fantastic a year, and to be thankful.

What follows is a chronological listing of the 10 sandwiches that defined 2013.  Continue reading