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Sep 4, 2009 06:31 AM

Knishes in down town DC

We'll be visiting DC for a week in December and one thing my husband wanted to see if we could get were knishes. Even just street cart knishes are good enough for this. We'll be staying on L street NW and getting around using public transportation (no car available at all).

Anyone have a suggestion for a place to find such a beast? :)

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  1. I'm pretty sure Morty's a Jewish deli in Tenleytown has knishes. But I don't think we have street carts selling them...that's much more of a NYC type of thing.

    Truth be told I've rarely seen a decent looking knish in this city. Yet another reason why we need to open a NY-style deli (in Dupont Circle preferably) instead of another small plates restaurant or Irish bar.

    1. The Brooklyn Bagelry in Arlington near the Courthouse Metro Station has knishes. There's also Loebs near MacPherson Square, though I don't know if they have them. Honestly, there are very few Jewish delis in downtown DC and would wait for a trip to NYC to get a decent knish. Why not try some of DC's delicious "indigenous" food like half smokes, pupusas, soul food, Ethiopian, el pollo rico or my favorite - a visit to the Greek Deli (on 19th between L and M NW)?

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      1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

        Oh we will be!! We are going to be there for a whole week afterall. :) We just like to get as many of the things we can't get near home as we can so my husband asked about knishes. :) Thanks, everyone!

        1. re: Morganna

          hey, step in and fill that gap...

          I like a dirty water dog on occasion, but an alternative is always welcome.

        2. re: Flaxen_Vixen

          Whoa- do not try the knishes at Brooklyn Bagelry. I literally just threw two out because they were old and mealy. Got them to-go and warmed them up at home, they even smelled a little "off" but I thought it might have been a smell picked up from the microwave. But then I bit into it and the potato part was dry and mealy, didn't even resemble potato anymore. Yuk. It's a shame, I live right down the street and was excited to see a close knish source, but this is not it. Ick, ick.

        3. In DC, but not downtown (near American University) is Wagshall's deli, which has excellent knishes. I've also had knishes at Loeb's downtown and didn't care for them.

          Not much going on the knish front in DC. There are many more options in the suburbs.

          1. Although I've never eaten there, Eli's Restaurant at the corner of 20th & N (just South and West of Dupont Circle) has them. Eli's is an anomaly for DC--a Kosher restaurant.


            Street carts with Knishes? In Washington? I don’t think so. (I only just saw my first Burrito cart, and I've lived here all my life!)

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            1. re: pgreen

              Eli's knishes are pretty good. But if Morganna and her husband are willing to take the Red Line to Wheaton, they could get aknishes at either the Shalom Market on University Boulevard or at its next door restaurant Max's.

              1. re: skipper

                I've bookmarked the website for Max's. I was giong to find out if I could take the subway there. :)

                1. re: Morganna

                  Max's knishes are pretty good, but they pale in comparison to his felafel and schwarma.

                  And it's only about a 5 minute walk from the Wheaton Metro station.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    Hafta' agree. I too am a fan of Max's falafel (although I have not had Shalom's knishes is so many years I hardly remember what they taste like).