Fresh sliced sandwich meat
I grew up in NJ where you go to a deli, ask for a sandwich or sub and they grab for the meat and cheese to put on the slicer. In this area they grab for a tightly wrapped plastic bag with meat sliced days earlier. There is an overwelming difference in taste, anybody know of a place in DC/MD that slices to order?
Someone on another thread mentioned Atrium Cafe at Farragut North in the bottom of the building with Morton's and the post office.
I know the Italian Store in VA does, and probably A. Litteri's in NE.
Heidi's Bakery near Farragut West hand slices mine, but I also am normally grabbing a quick dinner before class not when they are crowded.
And Breadline has sandwiches with real sliced turkey breast, not like the kind you get in the store very good.
I believe they do this at CF Folks but someone else might need to confirm this.
You can get fresh sliced deli meat at the Whole Foods on P St. as well as at So's Your Mom up in Adams Morgan.
I grew in NJ just about 8 miles from Hog Island, the disputed origin of the "hoagie". I ate hoagies at least once a week, mostly more often for 40 years.
most places I went to (and still go to) slice the meat in the morning (or maybe the day the week before, who knows). I can bring to mind only one place that sliced to order on standard meats and cheeses.
You ask for a liverwurst, you got that fresh sliced. You ask for an Italian, the meats and cheese were ready to go.
It's like "well" drinks at bars in the "speed rack" or well. I'm sure we have all seen that generally triangular shaped stainless stell hood at the back of the counter/table where they make the sandwhich. That's the well. Holds chopped lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions and peppers, and yup, meats and cheeses.
Oh my goodness, Wagschall's on Massachusetts, near AU Law. They have two storefronts: one a deli and one a butcher. Each morning, they take a roast, a ham, a turkey breast, etc., from the butcher and roast them, then slice them fresh in the deli. Toppings are wonderful and bread is to die for. Their soups are quite good, too, and people who don't cook swear by their prepared foods. Worth a weekend trip.
The Atrium Cafe makes great sandwiches with freshly-cooked and hand-carved deli meats.
It's in the basement of the building with Morton's on the west side of Connecticut Ave. directly next to the Farragut North metro station.