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Mar 10, 2014 11:04 AM

Where to pick up a lunch for eating later?

We'll be visiting DC in a few weeks. When we visit places like the zoo, we'd like to bring lunch with us, so we're looking for some suggestions on places we could stop by early in the day to pick up a sandwich or other food for eating later. Anywhere metro-accessible could work, and vegetarian options are a plus. Is there anything particularly worth seeking out?


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  1. Maybe someone can chime in if Vace offers sandwiches etc.
    I've only gotten pizza slices.

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    1. re: monavano

      Sure does
      I have not been there in a while, but I used to love their sandwiches (they had them right my the cash register). Now it LOOKS more varied.

        1. re: mselectra

          We're staying in Arlington near the Rosslyn metro stop (but we're happy to wander a little for good food!).

          Thanks for the suggestions!

          1. re: nonaggie

            A little bit out of your way is Earl's Sandwiches in Clarendon - but they don't open until 10:30, so that may not work.

            The closest Whole Foods to Rosslyn is also in Clarendon.

            The Perfect Pita in Rosslyn opens at 8.

            Allspice Catering was good under its former ownership; may be worth a try.

            And - how could I forget - Bayou Bakery - - also the opposite direction from DC, but not that far - one subway stop or a brief, albeit uphill, walk from Rosslyn.

        2. I like the pasties at Pure Pasty in Vienna for walk around food. I've heard they have a new food cart in Ballston. They have veggie options.

          1. Bayou Bakery is a standout. I wish I lived closer to it.

            If you're by the Mall, check out French sandwiches and pastries at Paul (Archives metro). Really good when fresh.

            G Street Foods or Breadline would also be contenders, though not sure they'll be serving sandwiches that early (in the White House/downtown area).

            1. so Blue/Yellow in, get off at Foggy Bottom, walk a few and GREEK DELI (AKA Costa's)! for a honking big gyro. and then over to the Red line at Farragut North to hit the Zoo.

              whatever you do, don't get a hot dog AT the Zoo.

              better to go hungry.

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              1. re: hill food

                Zoo has changed its food vendor and food is improved -- they've actually listened to visitor complaints about food choices there. Far from a chowhound destination, of course, don't misunderstand me, but for those who haven't been in a while, it has changed.

                Nonaggie -- depending on time of day and if weekday or not, you could also get off at Farragut West, go to food trucks there at lunch time (there's also some lunch places around the park, like Pret a Manger, Firehook...) and then get back on at Farragut North to zoo. If you do it quickly enough, it counts as a transfer, so don't have to pay again for the metro.

                Other ideas above might be better, but just fyi.

                I think Vace is a good idea, it's convenient to zoo.