Eli's Deli, Washington DC
I have relied on this place for years. It has been reliable for years. It's there when and where you need it. With reliable and often rather good food.
I was there last night in a group of 5. Very disappointing . A Deli sandwich (the New Yorker) with a miniscule portion of meat. An over-cooked burger drenched in a massive mountain of coleslaw served on a stale bun. A chicken fajita in which the chicken had been overcooked to the dry texture of wood chips. The rice was very good and we enjoyed an order of potato pancakes as a shared appetizer.
But last night they couldn't make a sandwich, grill a burger or grill chicken. These are the kinds of dishes that Eli's has always put on the table reliably. It used to be reliable enough to meet colleagues there, not fancy, but acceptable with reliable food. Last evening I was embarrassed.
Has there been a change of management, or something? Or did they just have an off night? Anybody else been lately?