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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Within the distinguishing features of even the most established, recognizable sandwich types, a certain amount of innovation is permitted. I have been fairly criticized for being too concerned about sandwich taxonomy, but even purists like me concede that some pushing of these boundaries is a good and healthy thing. Still, regardless of the relative success of such modifications, at some point a sandwich ceases to be one thing and becomes something else, possibly something completely new.
Among these classic sandwich types, there is perhaps none more evolved than the grilled cheese. Comfort food at its purest, the sandwich has matured from a simple childhood snack to the frequent subject of chefs’ obsession with “elevating” previously low-brow dishes. Provided it comprises two pieces of bread, is grilled to a crisp, and the primary component is warm, melty cheese, the sandwich could feature anywhere from two to twelve ingredients or more. None is any more or less a grilled cheese than another. Continue reading
|Spinach Egg Sandwich
The first entry in our September Sunrise Sandwich Spree deserves better than its nondescript moniker. The spinach egg sandwich from Adams Morgan coffeehouse and lounge Tryst features balsamic-marinated cherry tomatoes, arugula and finely chopped spinach integrated with gruyere into a fluffy pillow of scrambled egg, all tucked into a warm, airy ciabatta roll. It’s hefty enough to fuel your morning, but dainty enough so as not to induce food coma. The balsamic gives the spinach egg a tangy bite that’s missing from most egg-based breakfast sandwiches, which seem predisposed to blandness. But creativity is ubiquitous on Tryst’s menu: Though the spinach egg is one of just a few sandwiches available when Tryst opens at 6:30 a.m., an extensive menu of inventive sandwich creations is offered later in the day. So, hypothetically, if you were looking for a place where you could spend a day eating great sandwiches (and coffee, pastries, wine and beer) for every meal without leaving your seat, Tryst would be your place. Not that I’ve ever done it, of course. I haven’t.