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Best Sandwich in D.C.

might be the pork-belly banh mi at Cork Market. Thank goodness it's only available on Saturdays, or it'd be a danger to my health. FWIW, the menu at Standard looked really good, too.

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  1. Have you been to SUNdeVICH? I've tried a little more than half their menu, it's all awesome except for the Isfahan.

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    1. re: Benquo

      Yes. I enjoy Sundevich, but I always come away thinking that the sandwiches there are very good, not great, and cost a bit more than they should. Nothing to sneeze at -- it's a really great spot; but it doesn't make anything as scrumptious as the Cork Market banh mi.

      1. re: Marty L.

        Then I better get down to Cork Market. Thanks for the rec!

    2. Jetties has some fantastic sandwiches. The Monomoy is far and away the best roast beef sandwich in DC. And Morty's Delicatessen has a chicken bacon salad that I could just eat out of a trough...

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            1. re: Steve

              Shows how long its been since Ive gone there. Still taste their chicken salad in my dreams though. Will now have to find another contender...

            2. re: Insidious Rex

              Have you tried the roast beef at MGM? Their brisket isn't too shabby either.


              1. re: monkeyrotica

                I tried the brisket at MGM. As I said before, the Cadillac of fresh-carved sandwich places in DC. But the brisket is not in the same league as the banh mi. Will try the roast beef next time.

            3. http://stores.smbakery.com/StoreFront...
              St. Michel's Bakery (Rockville location) makes excellent French street sandwiches. I recommend The Complet.

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              1. re: Mister Big

                I LOVE St. Michel's Bakery! I had no idea they made sandwiches! Can you describe a French street sandwich?

                1. re: ineemeeny

                  Baguette with ham or turkey, mustard, tomato, sliced hard-boiled egg; simple but tasty.

              2. When Adam Richman was doing his Best Sandwich in America show/contest on The Travel Channel, the sandwich he mentioned from DC was a chicken club from The W Hotel. The catch is that you must be a hotel guest to order it from room service.

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                1. re: Philly Ray

                  That sandwich looked amazing but I clearly will never try it because I can't see a situation where I will be staying at the W Hotel. They really should just put that delicious looking thing on the bar menu.

                  1. re: biscuit

                    The chivito is one heckuva sandwich. But the Uruguayan brothers have moved to Take Eat Easy in the 1900 block of M St., NW. Not sure about the quality at Fast Gourmet anymore.

                    Report back if you go.

                      1. re: Steve

                        Seems like a common complain that it's gone downhill, but I've been twice in 2013 and it was great both times.

                        1. re: Steve

                          Oh man, I never got to try the chivito (I tried the Cubano I think, the one with fewer indredients anyway. Take Eat Easy seems to be open late enough for me to actually get there...

                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                          The corned beef at Deli City is spectacular. I have not had the strength to order a reuben yet.

                          1. re: Steve

                            One of the wettest sandwiches this side of La Mexicana Bakery's torta ahogada. Five napkins at least. Anyone looking for extra lean, thin sliced corned beef should avoid this at all costs. Juicy.

                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                              I'd actually nominate that La Mexicana torta, although not DC-proper.

                            2. re: Steve

                              The corned beef is awesome, but the bread is so bad, I can't bring myself to make a special trip there anymore.

                              There are a number of bakeries making good rye bread in the area - no idea why they order the lowest quality that Sysco has to offer.

                              1. re: DanielK

                                Because they'd have to charge more for better bread and they think their customers aren't willing to pay for it? To me, it's like Wonder Bread with fried whiting sandwiches or pulled pork. It's just a delivery vector for meat and hot sauce.

                                1. re: monkeyrotica

                                  Can't agree with your analogy.

                                  Wonder Bread *is* the traditional accompaniment for fried whiting. Does anyone even eat the bread?

                                  But a good corned beef sandwich deserves a good rye bread (and spicy brown mustard).

                                  So while I will agree that Deli City makes some of the best corned beef in the city, I can't agree that they make one of the best *sandwiches* in the city.

                          2. I finally got to try the Pork Belly Banh Mi at Cork Market.

                            That sandwich is SICK. Expensive, but I didn't care after one bite. It didn't make it home, but if it did I'd be tempted to cut it in half and share. Not that it's too large, but the flavor is intense. 3 napkins at least.

                            A very worthy finalist for best sandwich.

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                            1. re: Steve

                              Tried this last Saturday and it's one heckuva flavorful sandwich. I was expecting braised pork belly but appreciated the texture of thinly sliced grilled pork. I wasn't too fond of the bread. Thought it was a tad dense and the crust wasn't crusty enough. Banh mi shops in VA have better bread and so does SUNDeVICH.

                            2. This is easy.....Stachowski's braunschweiger— housemade liverwurst made from fatty pork and pork liver -- on rye bread with sweet pickles, thin red onions, and hot mustard.

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                              1. re: Pappy

                                Where is Stachowski's? I must know.

                                1. re: flavrmeistr

                                  It's in Georgetown. 28th and P NW.

                                  I'll have to give that braunschweiger a try, although it's tough to pass up that 4-Meat Grinder.


                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                    Avoid the pastrami sandwich. The size of a catcher's mitt and just as difficult to swallow.

                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                      I just had a great liverwurst sandwich for lunch. The baunschweiger was from, oddly enough, an organic healthfood market in Frederick, MD.

                                      It begs the question: Since braunschweiger is made from organ meat, isn't all braunschweiger therefore "organic"?

                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                        I see Stachowski's has white boudin sausage. That is very exciting.

                                  2. Haven't had the Cork Market bahn mi, but the roasted pork bahn mi at DC Bahn Mi in Falls Church is absolute sandwich perfection. Are we allowed to go outside of the District proper?

                                    I love Wagshals brisket sandwich and I'll also give props to Sundevich. I've only had the Beirut and the Istanbull, but man were they good. The Chivito at Fast Gourmet (had it two weeks ago) is also insanely good...very unhealthy mind you...but soooo good.

                                    1. My vote is for the Kentucky at G Street Food.

                                      1. Gotta say the Porkstrami at Red Apron was pretty epic. I had something else, the meatloaf I think, but one bite of my wife's porkstrami made me forget about what I was eating.

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                                        1. re: DCRat

                                          I need to go back and try that one. The one time I went there was a mix up in our group. We were all supposed to order different sandwiches and share bites, but two of us got the roast pork and my girlfriend got the meatball sandwich. The pulled pork was utterly forgettable - it could have been mystery meat smothered in melted swiss for all I know, but the meatball was fantastic. I actually though the highlight was the bread and not the meats.

                                          1. re: DCRat

                                            Based on this rave and others, and good experiences buying RA's actual pastrami at the farmer's market, I went to Union Market today just for the Porkstrami sandwich. Sad to say, it was nothing special -- and certainly not in the same league as the Cork Market banh mi. Perhaps I caught it on an off-day, though . . .

                                            1. re: Marty L.

                                              If the roast pork sandwich was indication, then the meatball is the best thing they have.

                                              1. re: Marty L.

                                                Wow, I went there a couple of months ago (one of the first weeks they were open) and, like I said, it was epic. Off to try try the Cork Market banh mi.

                                                1. re: DCRat

                                                  Reminder: The CM banh mi is only available on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. until they run out (usually before noon). And I'd recommend asking for them to go light on the mayo.

                                            2. Not quite DC, but worth a trip. Thyme Market in Culpeper VA. On Saturdays they roast a whole suckling pig. They make a sandwich with the pork, a bit of Dijon, and caramelized onions all on house-made chiabatta.

                                              1. Perhaps not the "best" sandwich in DC, but the turkey club sandwich at Bar Dupont is one that I crave a lot. It has turkey, avocado, melted cheese, egg, mayo, bacon, and 3 layers of bread. Just delicious!!