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Mar 7, 2011 07:05 AM

Food at Union Station

I will be in DC next week and will be by Union Station about 8:30-9 pm. I am looking for a place to grab a sandwhich to take back with me on the bus ride home. Is anything still open at this time? Thanks!

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  1. There is a Chopd - salads, Potbelly - sandwich, and Chipotle - burritos: These are right next to each other and are located in the West Hall - near the main entrance - I believe they close at 9pm or so, and I believe Chipotle is open until 10pm. There are a few choices in the food court area downstairs - I am not sure when they close - I want to say earlier than your needs.

    14925 Shady Grove Rd Unit L, Rockville, MD 20850

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    1. re: ckinna

      Thanks. i kinda hope you are wrong abou them all closing early. Last time i came down i brought a sandwhich with me from philly but soon that wont be possible due to the weather.

      Anyone havce any more info? Please. Grabbing soemthing from where i will be prior to getting to Union Station is nearly impossible. :(

      1. re: Prettypoodle

        According to this Au Bon pain is open 24hrs:
        but the food court is supposedly open until 9pm:

        1. re: jadec

          Last week I walked in to the station at 10:05pm - just missed Chipotle - and I did notice people milling about at Au Bon Pain. I ended up grapping a piece of pizza at Sbarro - they were cleaning up, but had a limited menu. I wish I could turn back time and save $5. My pizza was not very good at that hour. Maybe it is never good, I cannot recall eating there in the last 15 years, but I had the post-theatre munchies.


      Capitol City Brewing (next door to Union Station) is open til 11 - don't know if they do take out but here is link

      Capitol City Brewing
      2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: nytdct

        Not exactly what I was looking for to take with me, but it looks really good somtime when i can sit and enjoy a meal without fear of hitting a pothole. :) Thanks!e

      2. UPDATE:

        I got to Union Station close to 9 pm and went to Potbelly. the food was ok, bit npt tomatoes on the sandwhichws due to growing issues. Bummer,. Did get soem tomatoes though in a decent tomatoe and cucumber and cheese salad.
        I had a very heavy suitcase with me and a bag 9botyh containing glass so i had extra concerns)and it was hard to find non stair options in the building. I had to go to an upper levekl and to do so i had to take an elevator that took me throigh Unos. Now i liek Unos well enough but to have to walk through there because I could not take the atairs was rather unsettling.

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        1. re: Prettypoodle

          My thoughts on the tomatoes issues and Potbelly. Maybe that is the case but no other restaurant around here has pulled theirs off the menu. I think Potbelly is just too cheap to pay for them...i don't care if their sandwiches are cheap--so are the quality of their ingredients!

          1. re: spinachandchocolate

            I don't know, on some level I think it's an admirable decision. For example, Breadline never has tomatoes off-season, because they're just not very good then. And although there's clearly a diference between a local shop and a national chain--and between their stated justifications in these specific cases--the bottom line is that you're not missing much by not having tomatoes in DC in March, since even if you had them what you'd get would almost surely be relatively mushy and flavorless.

            1. re: marcj

              It is a big deal if you live tomatoes! They should provide another veggie option as a topper. Their sandwiches could use a health boost anyway.

              1. re: spinachandchocolate

                I assume you meant "love" tomatoes, in which case I think the fact that they choose not to inflict what pass for tomatoes at, say, Subway, and off-season, might be a blessing rather than a curse.

                I fully agree with you about the need for a health boost, especially considering my favorite (the 1 or 2 times a year I eat there) is the Wreck, which also accurately describes what it invariably does to my cholesterol/sodium/self-esteem every time I eat it. So bad, but soooooo good.

                1. re: marcj

                  I tend to find their deli slices to have that over-processed taste like subway. It's a lot worst than other fast-casual sandwich shops.

                  They used to have a nice vegetarian salad with artichokes, chickpeas, etc. However they got rid of it and instead replaced it with chicken salads with not one healthy ingredient (except tomatoes!). The veggie option is to get it without meat. So sad.

                  1. re: marcj

                    excited to let you know that Tomatoes are back this week :)