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tattud_gurl Dec 22, 2010 10:05 AM

I love sandwiches...and food carts! I will def be visiting some food carts while there, but I'm looking for really great sandwiches in the DC metro area. Weird, strange, out of the ordinary.
Anything that's great. That goes for burgers too, if you have a favorite.

Thanx ahead of time!

  1. woodleyparkhound Dec 22, 2010 10:35 AM

    There has been a ton of info posted on best sandwiches and burgers. Do a search for "2nd best sandwich" and "best burger" and you'll get a lot.

    It would be useful to know what parts of town you'll be in when you are looking for burgers and sandwiches.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound
      tattud_gurl Dec 22, 2010 10:47 AM

      We'll be staying by the Capitol. Anywhere is fine...as long as I can get there by public transportation. We will have no car

      1. re: tattud_gurl
        Dennis S Dec 22, 2010 11:01 AM

        Here's the second best sandwich thread:

        If you go to Breadline, really pay attention to recs to get and to avoid.

        And, it's probably in there, but definitely do yourself a favor and walk from Rosslyn up to Ray's HellBurger. It's not far and well worth it.

        1. re: Dennis S
          kmohara75 Dec 22, 2010 12:24 PM

          +1 to Taylor Gourmet (H St NE, 5th and K NW, and Bethesda), Breadline, Loeb's and Litteri's Italian Market, and So's Your Mom.

          I'd add that Dupont Market (18th and S NW) has decent stuff ( get the #5) and DC Banh Mi on Route 50 in Falls Church, NOVA is dynamite but a pain in the ass got get to w/o a car.

          I just had a pretty good burger at Good Stuff Eatery on the Hill last week, Tune Inn down the block is good and greasy, BGR and Rays are both definitely worth a bite.

          Tune Inn
          331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

          Loeb's Restaurant
          832 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

          Taylor Gourmet
          1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

          Good Stuff Eatery
          303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

          So's Your Mom
          1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

          1. re: kmohara75
            Dennis S Dec 22, 2010 02:00 PM

            Yeah, I need to get to Taylor's. I tried to find the Bethesda location once but Google maps misled me horribly (I wonder if I ended up in front of the owner's house).

            I wholeheartedly second Tune Inn, but mainly as a watering hole. Love Love Love the place, but the food isn't the draw. If the OP is here after Congress starts it's a decent place to show up around 4 or 5 to start...watering.

            Also - tattud_gurl - you mention carts. Not sure where you're coming from (which can help us help you), but there's a NYC style halal style cart outside Ballston Mall, which is 2 blocks from Ballston Metro. Lamb and rice dish with the white and spicy red sauce is fantastic - and $5 or so.

            Tune Inn
            331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

            1. re: Dennis S
              tattud_gurl Dec 23, 2010 07:12 AM

              Oh Dennis, I love you! Had the BEST halal in NYC from a cart!

              1. re: Dennis S
                tattud_gurl Dec 23, 2010 07:18 AM

                we're from Az...so no food carts here....but we have been to many in Portland, NYC and LA

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        Elyssa Dec 22, 2010 12:59 PM

        For the best sandwiches in town head over to Taylor's Gourmet. There are 3 locations--I have only been to the one near Gallery Place/Chinatown/Mt. Vernon. My favorite sandwich is the chicken cutlet with broccoli rabe...really really good.

        I also like the sandwiches at So's Your Mom in Adams Morgan---take out only. I really miss living in that neighborhood. There is also a great tuna and turkey BLT at Bread and Brew in Dupont Circle.

        As for burgers---I think the best burger in town can be found at Palena. The front cafe is more affordable and this is where you'll find the burger. For a more low-key. casual experience I like the burgers at BGR.

        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        So's Your Mom
        1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

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          dining with doc Dec 22, 2010 02:35 PM

          Ray's Hellsburger for the peppercorn encrusted burger with foie gras, melted brie and applesmoked bacon. the best sandwich in washington.
          Have not tried it but there is supposed to be a food truck near the pentagon which serves lobster rolls which are supposed to be great.
          Taylor Gourmet downtown or in Bethesda
          Cornacoppia in Bethesda for great italian charcuterie sandwiches on fantastic italian bread with arugula, buffalo mozzarella and reduced balsalmic syrup. off the charts! get either the mortadella or the prosciutto. great food for a small gourmet italian market.

          Taylor Gourmet
          1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

          1. monkeyrotica Dec 22, 2010 05:24 PM

            Roast pork, broccoli rabe, sharp provo at Taylor.

            G-Man at Mangialardo's.

            Any of the italian subs at 7th Hill.

            I like the deepfried burger at Tune Inn.

            Tune Inn
            331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

            1. c oliver Dec 22, 2010 06:01 PM

              Is a "dawg" a sandwich? If so, go to Eastern Market and have a half smoke (we liked the hot ones).

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              1. re: c oliver
                monkeyrotica Dec 23, 2010 03:40 AM

                Or DC-3 down 8th Street and try any number of "dawgs." The italian sausage and deepfried bacon wrapped Jersey rippers are my current favorites.


                1. re: monkeyrotica
                  c oliver Dec 23, 2010 06:51 AM

                  Wow, that whole menu sounds great, but a bacon-wrapped deep-fried dog sounds truly amazing.

                  1. re: c oliver
                    monkeyrotica Dec 23, 2010 07:49 AM

                    The dogs at DC-3 can be hit-or-miss but, fortunately, if you end up with a dud, you're only out $5-7, so I can afford to experiment. I like the grilled italian sausage because of the simplicity: spicy with dark mustard and lots of onions and peppers. The vinegary spicy pepper relish on the fried ripper helps cut the fattyness of the dog and the bacon. Some Chicago natives were complaining that their hometown dog was lacking a particular bun from a particular bakery, but you just can't please some people. So long as it has that poppy seed bun, kryptonite green relish, celery salt, pickles, and sport peppers, I'm happy.

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                MrsWheatie Dec 23, 2010 05:06 AM

                Food trucks move day to day. This is a good tracking website that has a map showing their locations.

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                1. re: MrsWheatie
                  tattud_gurl Dec 23, 2010 07:13 AM

                  Got it, MrsWheatie....already saved on my laptop. I'm patiently waiting for an app for my droid...I don't have an iphone.......

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