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Sandwich Shop in DC/Arlington/Alexandria

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I used to live in Miami and there was small chain market there called Gardner's Market. They had lots of nice quality, overpriced groceries but the real draw was the deli. You could pretty much take anything in the store back to the counter and they'd throw it in a sandwich and charge you like $8. Basically there were limitless possibilities and I was once made fun of by the lady making my sandwich for not getting more fillings.

I've spent many a weekend trying to find someplace similar in the area to no avail. Along the way, I've certainly found a lot of decent sandwiches so what I'm really after at this point is somewhere with quality meat, cheese, and fillings and either a TON of selection or somewhere that will allow extreme customization.

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  1. There is a bakery in Shirlington Arlington called Best Buns. They have great deli type sandwiches and other great bakery goods! I am not sure on the customization, but the bakery chef there is very nice.

    1. In DC I like So's Your Mom for great sandwiches with lots of options. And apart from the wide selection of sandwiches they offer, you can more or less custom make any sandwich.

      It's in Adams Morgan. Cash only.

      1. Phillip's Cafe doesn't have a huge selection, but they make some great sandwiches. The hand carve roast beef, ham and turkey and pile it high on the bread of your choice, with a nice variety of toppings. It's not cheap (around $8 a snadwich, cash onnly), but it's worth it.

        I think they have two DC locations. I go to the one near Mass Ave. and N. Capitol St. a couple of times a week for lunch (and coffee in the morning).

        1. They don't have everything put into a sandwich, but Earl's Sandwiches in Clarendon is quite good and I am sure they would let you customize. The Italian Store is also great sandwiches and you can customize. Also I know Whole Foods in Annapolis used to have a great sandwich making place, I don't know if the one in Arlington does too?

          1. Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington on Washington Blvd, west of Ballston.


            Over 50 sandwiches available. My favorite is the big dog. Sooooooo good!

            Their sister restaurant, Stray Cat, is in the same shopping center. I don't believe they offer carry out like Lost Dog, but if you are there to sit down and eat, they never have a line like Lost Dog does. They carry about 1/3-1/5 of Lost Dog's sandwiches. Lost Dog actually has a deli counter, with a restaurant on one side. Stray Cat is all restaurant.

            Not exactly what you are looking for, but a ton of selections and I believe you can build your own. They have good pizza too.

            1. I second Lost Dog. Also, have you tried The Italian Store in Arlington? Not sure they'd throw anything in the store on a sanwich for ya, but they have a good selection of deli meats, cheeses, veggies...

              1. I am also from S. Florida and after living here for 6 years I have still yet to find a sandwich shop that I think is as good as the ones I used to frequent in FL. The closest you will find is def. the Italian Store, as some mentioned above. I also like Earl's and the Lost Dog but def. not the same quality that I remember from back home..

                1. Also...forgot about this one-The Italian Store in Arlington.


                  All around great deli sandwich shop! An added plus is the Italian imports.

                  1. Wagschall's, in Spring Valley (on Massachusetts, just past AU law school) is amazing. They have two store fronts - one is a butcher and the other the deli. All of the meat they serve in the deli is roasted by them, from their excellent butcher. The sandwiches are amazing, plus they have excellent soup and interesting prepared foods.

                    1. This is a tentative recommendation and I'm sure doesn't really fit your bill, but that Chicken Madness place in Georgetown, I noticed does a "make your own salad" so I wonder if it would be worth checking out for sandwiches if you're near there anyway. I've only had the signature Chicken Madness sandwich there, and it was pretty good.