5 New Sandwich Shops to Try Right NowBy Zagat Staff | August 12, 2014 By Zagat Staff | August 12, 2014
We admit it hasn’t been all that long since we rounded up some of our favorite sandwiches in the city, yet there are so many newcomer sandwich shops on the scene that we figured it was time to give the people more of what they love. And who doesn’t love a great sandwich?
The Gist: A see-in bread kitchen with its artisanal display at the entrance of master baker/chef Mark Furstenberg’s Van Ness neighborhood bakery, cafe and market whets appetites for handcrafted, crusty loaves, pastries and Mediterranean-accented soups, salads, sandwiches and prepared dishes. Marble tables line the whitewashed brick wall filled with rustic wooden shelves of foodstuffs for sale.
Sandwich to Try: Ham and cheese baguette
4434 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-765-1200
The Gist: Bob Kinkead's all-day, self-serve Italian mecca in Foggy Bottom’s Watergate complex brings his chefly touch to the casual dining scene, offering hand-rolled pizzas (including breakfast versions), subs, salads, coffee, pastries and homemade gelati. Butcher-block tables hug wraparound windows overlooking the Kennedy Center, while a wood-burning oven dominates the open kitchen.
Sandwich to Try: The Stacotto
600 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-505-4000
The Gist: Say cheese at this industrial-mod storefront between the White House and the World Bank that satisfies gooey cravings during the day with creative grilled sandwiches like the feta- and mozzarella-filled Mediterranean, sided by poutine-esque tots and tomato soup delivered fast-casually. Come evening, the offerings also include charcuterie, small plates and cheese boards accompanied by wine, beer and unique cocktails.
Sandwich to Try: The Kim-Cheese-Steak
1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-393-4232
The Gist: Greek eats go fast-casual at this Dupont Circle branch of a NYC-based chain where marinated, slow-roasted meats are tucked into house-baked pitas and drizzled with tzatziki or served on a plate, while fresh and frozen yogurt comes with such toppings as rose-petal preserves. The minimalist setting (soft lights, colorful wall panels) with an outdoor patio belies the modest prices.
Sandwich to Try: The beef and lamb “yeero”
1140 19th St. NW; 202-813-3726
The Gist: Bryan Voltaggio’s fast-casual American eatery, housed in the same modern Chevy Chase Pavilion complex as his upscale Aggio and Range, sports an industrial, barnlike feel warmed up with hanging plants and rope-and-pulley decor. The menu builds on the now-shuttered Frederick, MD, original’s offerings, including homey yet inventive sandwich combos like meatloaf with housemade pineapple ketchup, tomato soup with pepperoni and fresh salads.
Sandwich to Try: Okay, we felt like we had to include Lunchbox because it's a venture by mega-celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio, but the best thing we ate here was far and away the corn chowder. Yes, you could go now — but you might actually want to save this one for later.
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, lower level; 202-244-3470