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Jan 14, 2008 07:10 AM

Top Delis in Downtown DC?

My friends and I are discriminating sandwich connoisseurs and are looking for the top delis in or around downtown DC. We are even compiling a volume of ratings and reviews for the delis that we visit every week. So far, our favorites are:

Morty's (in Tenleytown)

We are always looking for delis such as the above that offer truly remarkable sandwich fare.

We would greatly appreciate other suggestions!

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    1. The Italian Store for Italian Subs in NOVA.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Yes, I've heard that that's excellent. Too bad it's difficult to get to during my lunch hour!

        1. re: ZRex

          Agree about the Italian Store!!! Delicious!

          If you get there before noon you typically beat the crowds ...

      2. The reuben sandwich at Deli City is the best in DC. Bar none. They're doing God's work with brisket there. The roast beef is also excellent. Juicy, tender, and reminiscent of the shredded "debris" you used to find at Mother's in New Orleans. People drive across town from Georgtown and Dupont to get their sandwiches.

        The G Man Italian sub at Mangialardo's is legendary. A Capitol Hill lunch standard with the law enforcement crowd.

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        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Excellent, thanks! I've heard of Mangialardo's for a long time but never ate there. Will definitely check it out!

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            The other Italian standby is A. Litteri's in the Florida Avenue Market. They catch the firemen, city workers from N. Cap. Street and locals. Fax your order ahead and it will be ready but you'll probably spend your lunch hour exploring the wide range of Italian groceries at the best prices in town. 202-544-0183 Easy parking in front of the store.

          2. Au Bon Pain and Subway are delicatessan royalty!

            1. Heidi's Brooklyn Deli! Has some great New York classics, which I think are better than Loeb's, and better yet, you can fax in your order so you're not waiting on the line.

              Here's the menu:
              and fax form:

              Heidi's Brooklyn Deli
              1710 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006

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              1. re: SouthShore

                I like their meatball sub, wasn't crazy about their italian sub, but have wanted to try more there... What are the good things to get?

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  I love prosciutto, so that sandwich tops my picks. But even their regular cold sandwiches (roast beef, turkey, etc.) are enormous and delicious. I've never been able to eat the whole sandwich. I usually leave half for the next day.

                  I don't recommend the French Dip. It tasted weird. Not sure what that says about Heidi's other hot sandwiches.

                  1. re: SouthShore

                    Right now I'm eating a coworker's leftover genoa salami and provolone sandwich from Heidi's. It is supremely awesome --- really good hint of mayo without being overwhelming. So, tack that on to my list of faves!

                    1. re: SouthShore

                      I thought about going to Hiedi's today they do have huge sandwiches and good bread that is my favorite part, but went to Dicky's Custard to get a cuban sandwich instead. It was very good, but I love a cuban sandwich even though I normally don't really like pickles (except bread and butter) or mustard. The real thin pickles with the cheese and mustard though is so good.