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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

Meatless September: The Provençale at Woodward Table

Provencale

The Provençale: grilled eggplant, zucchini, portobello, onions, goat cheese, basil,
olive-sundried tomato pesto and peppers on a toasted baguette.

Earlier this summer, I wrote a lengthy paean to Woodward Takeout Food, the deli-style carryout counter located inside Woodward Table, near the White House. I gushed that “WTF,” as it’s known, was emblematic of a newly invigorated sandwich scene in downtown D.C. At the time I think I’d probably only eaten two of the sandwiches there, and neither of them was the vegetarian-friendly Provençale. In my defense, in choosing from a list that includes such flamboyantly meaty options as the Porky Pig and the Fowl Play, the average omnivore could be excused for passing over the sandwich built around slices grilled eggplant in favor of the one doused with bacon aïoli. Continue reading

Woodward Table’s Fowl Play and a Budding Downtown Sandwich Renaissance

The Fowl Play from Woodward Table's WTF

The Fowl Play from Woodward Table’s WTF

I’ve participated in more than a few substantive conversations over the past year on how much is too much to pay for a sandwich. Each has concluded along this similar line: There’s an important difference between an expensive sandwich and an overpriced one, and as long as you’re getting good value for your buck, $9 and beyond isn’t necessarily unreasonable. Downtown Washington, D.C., is the kind of high-density, commerce-heavy neighborhood where spending this kind of money on a mediocre sandwich isn’t just easy, it’s widely accepted by denizens as a matter of course. (The food trucks are changing this much for the better, it’s worth noting — but that’s a topic for another post.)

Fortunately for those of us who live and/or work in D.C.’s central business district, the past 18 months have seen a concentrated proliferation of high-minded sandwich shops where that same $9 will get you more than a ho-hum ham and cheese. One of the more recent of these outposts is WTF, a lunch-only takeout counter within Woodward Table, a sprawling expanse of a restaurant in the former Potenza space at H Street NW and 15th Street NW. What is unique about Woodward Table is that is primarily an upscale, white-tablecloth establishment from a successful and well-known restaurateur (Jeff Buben) whose menu features items like sunchoke puree and toasted pumpkin seeds. That an eatery at this level would apply the same amount of attention and care in crafting its sandwich menu as it does its dinner menu is admirable, and many of the creations offered at WTF are among the most intriguing I’ve seen in some time. Continue reading