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Best Sandwich in D.C.

Marty L. May 4, 2013 09:19 AM

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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    Benquo May 22, 2013 01:03 PM

    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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      Marty L. May 23, 2013 05:44 AM

      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.

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        Benquo May 24, 2013 12:18 PM

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

    2. Insidious Rex May 24, 2013 10:18 AM

      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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        Mister Big May 24, 2013 11:46 AM


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          Steve May 24, 2013 11:50 AM

          Isn't Morty's closed?

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            Benquo May 24, 2013 12:17 PM


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              Insidious Rex May 24, 2013 01:25 PM

              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...

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              monkeyrotica May 25, 2013 08:24 AM

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


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                Steve May 25, 2013 09:35 AM

                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. Mister Big May 24, 2013 11:55 AM

              St. Michel's Bakery (Rockville location) makes excellent French street sandwiches. I recommend The Complet.

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                ineemeeny May 26, 2013 06:43 AM

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

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                  Mister Big May 26, 2013 07:03 AM

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

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                Philly Ray May 24, 2013 07:10 PM

                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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                  Elyssa Jun 3, 2013 05:47 AM

                  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.

                2. biscuit May 24, 2013 10:02 PM

                  Chivito at Fast Gourmet

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                    Steve May 25, 2013 09:38 AM

                    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.

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                      biscuit May 27, 2013 10:24 PM

                      Thanks for the intel.

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                        The Big Crunch May 28, 2013 09:53 AM

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

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                          KWagle May 31, 2013 08:59 PM

                          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...

                      2. monkeyrotica May 25, 2013 08:26 AM

                        Deli City Reuben.

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                          Steve May 25, 2013 09:39 AM

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

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                            monkeyrotica May 26, 2013 03:42 PM

                            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.

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                              biscuit May 27, 2013 10:26 PM

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

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                              DanielK May 27, 2013 08:25 AM

                              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.

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                                monkeyrotica May 27, 2013 01:40 PM

                                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.

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                                  DanielK May 27, 2013 07:47 PM

                                  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.

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                            Steve May 25, 2013 09:19 AM

                            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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                              shake N baik Jun 6, 2013 03:25 PM

                              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.

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                              Pappy May 28, 2013 09:26 AM

                              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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                                flavrmeistr May 28, 2013 09:38 AM

                                Where is Stachowski's? I must know.

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                                  monkeyrotica May 28, 2013 09:49 AM

                                  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.


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                                    Steve May 28, 2013 09:59 AM

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

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                                      flavrmeistr May 28, 2013 10:00 AM

                                      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"?

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                                        flavrmeistr May 28, 2013 10:04 AM

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

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                                    The Big Crunch May 28, 2013 09:58 AM

                                    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.

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                                      iammattr May 29, 2013 11:18 AM

                                      My vote is for the Kentucky at G Street Food.

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                                        DCRat May 30, 2013 06:22 AM

                                        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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                                          The Big Crunch May 30, 2013 06:48 AM

                                          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.

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                                            Marty L. May 30, 2013 03:16 PM

                                            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 . . .

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                                              The Big Crunch May 30, 2013 04:05 PM

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

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                                                DCRat May 30, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  Marty L. May 31, 2013 04:28 AM

                                                  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.

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                                              achilles129 May 30, 2013 07:54 AM

                                              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.

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                                                Elyssa Jun 3, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                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!!

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