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
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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
Stachowski’s Market and Deli has not yet celebrated its first anniversary, yet the Georgetown temple to meat radiates an old-school, no-frills cool that rightly suggests a much deeper pedigree. The deli’s namesake and talisman, Jamie Stachowski, is far from an unknown quantity in the District, having begun his career as a cook at Jean-Louis at the Watergate in the early 1980s. After stints in kitchens around D.C., L.A. and New York, Stachowski owned and operated the now-defunct K Street bistro Restaurant Kolumbia, and later developed an eponymous charcuterie line that prior to the Georgetown shop was available only at local farmers markets and specialty food shops. The guy’s been around, and judging by the meticulously presented products and tightly curated menu of behemoth sandwiches offered at the deli, his reputation as a ceaselessly driven perfectionist is well earned.