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I tried the "Best Sandwich" joint at 18th and K discussed in the thread below and I bascially agree with Steve: Much better than usual turkey sandwiches, and a great option for those working in the area, but not a destination spot (especially in light of the parking).

So where are the great sandwiches? I'll put aside here talk of Breadline, which has occasioned much debate on these boards. And I'll pass over hamburgers, because that's old hat, too (Colorado Kitchemn, Palena, 5 Guys, etc.). *Great* sandwiches I've eaten in recent months include:

-- A salami and goat cheese panini at 2 Amys

-- The Sloppy Joe at Colorado Kitchen (although Chef Clark's Friday lunches are apparently discontinued until fall)

-- The soft-shell sandwich served on Tuesdays (sometimes Wednesdays) at cf folks

-- Do barbacoa and lengua tacos at Taqueria Distrito Federal count?

Please add more sandwiches *worthy of a detour* . . .

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  1. Without a doubt, the Hot Sicilian at The Deli in Herndon.

    Beef on Weck, Jimmy's in Herndon.

    1. Detour-worthy sammitches in DC for me are:

      1. The Super G-Man at Mangialiardos on Penn SE: basically two-sandwiches worth of G-Man (mortadella, genoa, provo, baked ham) on a good H&S sub roll.

      2. The corned beef or roast beef at Deli City on Bladensburg. And when not in the mood for a sandwich, the liver and onions brings back memories of Scholl's Cafeteria.

      3. The baked ham, roast beef, or roast turkey sandwiches at Hodges on New York Ave NW. Not as plentiful as Deli City, but fresh, juicy, hot, and cheap.

      4. The cheesesteak at Al's King of Steaks in Del Ray. Not a big fan of Cheeze Wiz version in College Park.

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      1. re: wg

        "The Super G-Man ... on a good H&S sub roll."

        Do you mean the soft rolls? The hard rolls (love the crust ripping the roof of my mouth) used to come from Catania bakery on N.Y. Ave, and I've never had the excellent Super G-man on a soft roll. Catania also supplies (supplied?) Literri's.



        1. re: KOK

          I've never tried a G-Man on a hard roll, for the same reason I don't eat at Quiznos. Got kinda tired of spitting blood and bits of torn mouthroof.

          Also, forgot to add #5 to the worth-a-detour list: the 4-piece fish sandwich at Horace & Dickies. I know some don't think it's anything special, and it's a shadow of the original fried-in-lard fishwiches from the 1950s, but it's still a steal at $4.85. I've had worse at three-times the price.

      2. Large Capri. Hard Roll. Everything (I ask for no hots, but that might be just me)

        Italian Store, Arlington

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        1. re: Alan

          Capri, hard roll, everything (incl. hot and sweet peppers) and, on occasion, extra prosciutt. That's me.

          1. re: Alan

            Milano, no hots, soft roll. (And no lettuce if I'm eating getting one for later. the soft roll gets disgusting and mushy.)

          2. Italian sausage at Galileo's Grill. The broccoli rabe puts it 'over the top' (hommage to Joe H).

            Notice I didn't say the roast pork!

            Of course the corned beef at Deli City.

            I've only had the roast beef at Hodge's once, but I ate it in about 10 seconds, so it must have been pretty fantastic. This definitely comes under the heading of "sandwiches you wish were around the corner."

            1. Earl's in Clarendon (Arlington) makes very good sandwiches with meat roasted in-house, including pork, beef, and turkey. They have a more limited list of very good combinations, as opposed to Steff's rather than a long impenetrable-while-you're-standing-at-the-counter list of combinations. A good stop, but I'm not sure it would be a destination. But then, I wouldn't typically go out of my way for a sandwich of any kind.

              Well, maybe a porchetta panino in Italy...

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              1. re: bacchante

                Ah, porchetta. Saturday before last at the street market in Castellina in Chianti. Divine. You'd think if taco trucks can be successful here somebody could set up porchetta trucks as well.

                1. re: bacchante

                  thank you for stopping by. i appreciatew the input.
                  FYI: we are now serving soft serve ice cream.
                  stop on by for a cone!!!


                2. Bahn mi with pork skin Song Que in Eden Center

                  1. Italian cold cut at Mastellone's in Hamilton.
                    The muffaletta at Trinacria on downtown's west side.
                    The Cloak and Dagger (or pretty much anything else) from Attman's on Corned Beef Row (just north of Little Italy).
                    The falafel wrap from Cypriana downtown.
                    Carnitas tacos from Tortilleria and Tacos in Fells Point (and same from Los Amigos Dos in Towson).

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                    1. re: Chris S

                      Does the muffaletta use the right bread? If so, it's worth a drive for me from NOVA.

                      1. re: Dennis S

                        Oh, no. It's just an Italian cold cut with the olive spread. Though it's really good olive spread and sub roll. Sorry.

                        1. re: Dennis S

                          for a proper muffaletta you can go to karmas on 32nd between n. charles and st. paul in baltimore

                        2. re: Chris S

                          I love the sandwiches from DiPasquales (on Gough)- all the Italian specialties are great. Rosina Gourmet makes good ones too! good fresh bread is a definite key.

                          MaGerks gets the Philly bread in occasionally & it's the best!

                          1. re: pamd

                            The boyfriend's dad will now only eat the Butcher's Hill cheesesteak from DiPasquales when he comes to town. I am a fan of their Marcella - it's all about the bread.

                          2. re: Chris S

                            Sapori d'Italia on York Road has an amazing italian tuna in balsamic/olive oil with arugula and hots. Good bread!

                            Moonpenny's on Coldspring has a great take on a BLT, using pancetta and avocado.

                            Second Trinacria -- I'm partial to the moz/tomato/basil.

                            Miss Shirley's (also on Coldspring) breakfast slammer, with fried green tomatoes.

                            Samos has a delish chicken souvlaki

                            1. re: Chris S

                              Second the Italian Cold Cut at "Mastellones"..
                              Cloak and Dagger at "Weis's Deli" on Lombard...(great pickles)
                              Corned Beef on Rye w/Mustard "Attmans" on Lombard
                              Pit Beef "Chaps"(?) on Pulaski Hgyway near Erdman Ave
                              Cheesesteak"Capt.Harveys"Dundalk Ave(Logan VillageSC)
                              Gyro "Samos" Oldham Street off Eastern Ave.
                              Polish Sausage "Pollack Johnnys" Wash.Blvd or Lex Mkt.
                              Crabcake "Faidley's" Lex. Mkt.
                              Pork Sandwich "Grubbe's/Uncle Daves" Dorsey Rd of Rte.1 Elkridge
                              Pulled Pork "Andy Nelson's" York Yd Cockeysville

                              1. re: Phu Bai

                                The crabcake sub at G&M Carryout. Stupendous.

                              2. re: Chris S

                                I am about three hours from heading to Captain Harveys Submarines for six subs, so they are our vote today, but I will say that other than the subs there, I would pick Attman's extra lean corned beef- when it is just right, it can be fantastic.

                              3. Best sandwich I've had in 3 years in DC:

                                A "Yankee Doodle" at the coffee shop across the street from CF Folks, in the medical building.

                                It's basically a BLT, plus mayo, plus egg salad.

                                It's a wonderful, crisp summer sandwich, and it proves that what really stopped the redcoats was a massive cholesterol-induced coronary.

                                $3.29 if memory serves me right.

                                1. May I suggest The Atrium in SW Washington with an official address of 400 Virginia Avenue, SW, but actually with an entrance on School Street between 4th and 6th Street. They carve their own sandwiches and the roast beef is pleasantly peppered. It may not be worth coming from downtown, but in the dining wasteland surrounding it, it is a good destination.

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                                  1. re: BookGuy

                                    I agree, it beats the rest of the crap around here (SW).

                                    1. re: BookGuy

                                      I actually had to throw away my roast beef sandwich from the Atrium. It was sour tasting and tough. I hope this is not normal, because it had a line out the door.

                                    2. OK, it's in Philly, but I'm posting it because I *have* driven up from south of Baltimore to have one, and I've not found anything close anywhere nearer to this area -
                                      Tony Luke's Italian Pork with sharp Provolone and broccoli rabe. Philly cheesesteaks? Yeah, they're good, and they are generally better in Philly than any versions around here, but Tony Luke's Italian Pork is the hidden gem of Philly sandwichdom.

                                      If anybody knows of an Italian sandwich place that might be cajoled into attempting a version of this sandwich, I'd be happy to participate in a "grassroots" customer campaign to persuade them that there'd be a market for such an item should they come up with a reasonable facsimile of the original!

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                                      1. re: Warthog

                                        Similiar to the roast pork, Tony Luke's cheesesteak Italiano is great. It's a cheesestak with sharp provolone and broccoli raab.

                                        1. re: Jason

                                          For the sake of accuracy, I agree it's a sharp tasting cheese, but I think it's actually "aged" provolone. It tastes more like a Romano.

                                          1. re: Pappy

                                            Thanks for the info. I just went with what I thought they called it at T.L.'s, though my memory may have slipped a gear and substituted "sharp" for "aged". In any case, it's still a wonderful sandwich!

                                            1. re: Warthog

                                              It's definately aged provolone, which also happens to be one of my favorite snacking cheeses. If you've never had it by itself, I highly recommend it. In Baltimore, you can get some great versions from Il Scalino. Wegman's and sometimes Mars sell a cheaper brand that is also good. You'll never want to eat tasteless provolone again.

                                      2. Big Bad Wolf has several variants on the BBQ theme, including brisket, pulled pork, etc., and the ones I've tried had been quite tasty (though it's been a while since I was last there).

                                        A moment of silence for the late, lamented Henkel's in Laurel. If you ever went there, you remember the colossal ham sandwich. And I can also make a pretty good guess where you were working at the time! ;-)

                                        Lastly, while I haven't tried them myself, Joe Squared's sandwich menu has several interesting combinations listed, and might be worth exploration by those seeking sandwich nirvana in Baltimore.

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                                        1. re: Warthog

                                          I meant to post this earlier, but there are some fantastic sandwiches at Noah's on the Side in Ellicott City. I had overlooked the place since I'm not in the market for prepared take-home dinners, but their sandwiches are incredible. They're menu changes weekly, they use great bread, and the sandwiches are huge. The only knock on them is price ($7-$9) and limited seating for eating in, but so far everything has been well worth it. I recommend anything made with the London Broil, and I recently had their BLT which was great.

                                          Link: http://www.noahsontheside.com

                                          1. re: Warthog

                                            Henkel beef, through the garden. I'd STILL be sitting at my table waiting for the check if someone didn't tell me the checks were all at the cash register. Never had the ham or the burger, only the beef.

                                            Have you had a John's roast pork in Philly? Spinach instead of rab, but an excellent sandwich and much less known.



                                            1. re: Warthog

                                              I remember the Henkels sandwichs (HUGE), I used to work near there - care to guess?

                                            2. In spite of the snarky comment below, I believe South Street Steaks in College Park makes an excellent Philly cheesesteak, much better than Al's, my previous fav. They bring in Amoroso bread from Philly. If you don't like cheeze whiz (and I don't either) they have all the other choices. Ask them to add some of the burnt bits from the griddle. Yummmm.

                                              While on the subject of Philly, Leo's Steak Shop in Folcroft (near the airport) can't be beat IMO. Only a two hour drive.......

                                              Since Stoney's demise, has anyone tried their Capitol Hill location (I forget the name) to see if the deluxe BLT is as good?

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                                              1. re: johnb

                                                If you mean Tunnicliff's Tavern in Eastern Market, I'm pretty sure they don't have a BLT. But their menu is in perpetual flux (apart from omlettes and brunch fare) so they might have it, but I doubt it. Different clientel than Stoneys, and priced accordingly.

                                                However, the strip steak sandwich at Marty's on 8th Street is a pretty close approximation of the one at Stoneys. Burgers are alright, but the rest of the menu is a mess.

                                              2. I tried the Spanish ham and cheese with tomate fresco at Jaleo the other day, and while it's not a big sandwich, it sure did taste pretty good. The bread looks deceivingly hard and crusty, but it's perfect. The side of Spanish potato salad was incredible. If you can't get past the tapas, maybe order the sandwich along with tapas and split it. The only warning is that there ain't much in the middle, but it's tasty.