10 Must-Try New Sandwiches in DC

By Rina Rapuano  |  June 20, 2016
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Most kitchens change the menu come springtime. We're not just talking about tasting menus and white tablecloth spots — even sandwiches get a makeover when the next crop of ingredients hits the markets. And who doesn't love a good sandwich? Here are nearly a dozen new options around town sure to fuel a bike ride up Rock Creek Parkway or help you make it through those last few hours of the workday: 

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    Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich at Sally’s Middle Name
    ’Tis the season — for soft-shells, that is — and the molting Maryland crabs are showing up on menus all over town. At Sally’s Middle Name, you’ll find them lightly fried and nestled on a toasted brioche bun with house kimchi mayo, local greens and tomatoes. It’s only available on the brunch menu (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM–3 PM) and sometimes sells out, so, get in there early.

    1320 H St. NE; 202 750 6529

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    Simit Sandwich at Simit + Smith
    This Georgetown newcomer offers a simple sandwich on a traditional simit roll found throughout Turkey. The simits themselves are delicious, dipped in molasses and sprinkled with sesame seeds or grains before hitting the oven. The $5 sandwich is stuffed with thinly sliced tomatoes and Kasseri cheese, then sprinkled with oil and dried oregano.  

    1077 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-758-0553

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    Thai Banh Mi at BKK Cookshop
    The ubiquitous Vietnamese sandwich gets a Thai makeover at this Shaw neighborhood favorite. Pork belly marinated in soy sauce, garlic and cilantro joins house pickles and Thai coleslaw on a roll served with pickled hot chiles (on the side so you can DIY the heat level). It’s available from 12–4 PM daily.

    1700 New Jersey Ave. NW; 202-791-0592

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    Blue Catfish Po’ Boy at Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery
    The philosophy here on invasive blue catfish? If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em. Of course, it helps that the locally caught fish are darn tasty, served blackened for dinner and tucked into a bun with lettuce, oven-cured tomatoes and smoked rémoulade for lunch. It’s available weekdays from 11 AM–3 PM.

    901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-664-5307

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    Prawn in 60 Seconds at Chase the Submarine
    Chef-owner Tim Ma added this sandwich to the menu in April, soaking the shrimp in buttermilk before coating in cornmeal and tossing 'em into the fryer. It’s accented with a housemade herb mayo, lettuce, tomato and radishes served on a banh mi roll. Gluten-free diners, take note: It can also be ordered over rice instead of a bun.

    132 Church St. NW, Vienna; 703-865-7829

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    Pollo Asado at Society Fair
    The Alexandria bistro and market debuted this Latin-leaning sandwich this spring. The layering of roast chicken breast, spicy cilantro aïoli, pico de gallo and provolone is served hot on baguette — and can also be made into a pizza with jalapeños serving as the spicy element in place of aïoli.

    277 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-3247

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    Prosciutto and Mozzarella at ENO Wine Bar
    Since it appeared on the menu a couple of months ago, this toasted focaccia sandwich filled with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, olives, oven-cured tomatoes and baby arugula has been a hit with the lunch crowd. Other new sandwiches introduced this spring include a grilled veggie and hummus wrap and a tuna melt panini.

    2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-295-2826

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    Fried Fish Torta at Espita Mezcaleria
    This sandwich was added to the menu when the Oaxacan restaurant added lunch service to its lineup in April. The battered and fried tilapia on a brioche roll is given flavor boosts from lime mayo, red onion and green cabbage. The kitchen jokes that the fish batter — spiked with vodka, beer, flour and rice flour — is probably the most action that a bottle of vodka sees in this mezcaleria.

    1250 Ninth St. NW; 202-621-9695

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    Crunchy Eggplant Parm at Alta Strada
    It’s tough to beat an outstanding eggplant parm, and this one found on the lunch menu of this brand-new City Vista Italian spot features panko-coated eggplant that’s sautéed in olive oil then roasted until golden. The sandwich also features basil-marinated cherry tomatoes, shaved Parmesan and a touch of the kitchen’s wonderfully fresh spicy tomato-basil sauce. It’s served with a side of mixed greens.

    465 K St. NW; 202-629-4662

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    Trout Num Pang at Hank's Oyster Bar
    Available at the Dupont location during weekday lunch only, this sandwich was inspired by the chef de cuisine's Cambodian upbringing. The sandwich packs in pan-seared rainbow trout, a Cambodian-style mayo and pickled daikon. Then there's traditional carrots, fresh cucumbers, thinly shaved fresno chiles and micro cilantro to top off the baguette roll, served with a garden salad on the side.

    1624 Q St. NW; 202-462-4265