9 DC Sandwiches You Need to Try Right Now

By Rina Rapuano  |  March 31, 2014

We love sandwiches, and picking a few favorites from a pool of outstanding candidates isn't the easiest task. While the list we've compiled is nowhere near comprehensive, we hope you'll see a common thread among our nine standouts - a lot of love goes into crafting these sandwiches, and it shows. These are the sandwiches we crave, the ones we recommend and go back to again and again. We think they just may be the greatest thing since, well, sliced bread.

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  • Pop’s Beef Brisket at Bub and Pop's

    Crafted by a trained chef as an homage to his grandparents' deli, this is fast becoming one of Washington's favorite sandwiches. Slow-braised beef brisket with apple-horseradish cream, shaved five-year-aged Gouda and veal jus make for a sloppy yet magical combo that's a bit pricey for a sandwich - but totally worth it.

    Price: $8 for a half; $12 for a whole (add a fried egg for $1)
    Insider Tip: Those chocolate-chip-oatmeal cookies by the cash register? They’re also used to make vanilla-bean ice cream sandwiches.

    1815 M St. NW; 202-457-1111

  • Spiced Baby Goat at G by Mike Isabella

    Other sandwiches get a lot of attention here, but we're holding fast to our love for the sub stuffed with wood-roasted, spiced baby goat, harissa, lemony potatoes and oregano. 

    Price: $13
    Insider Tip: This is a great place for meat lovers to bring a vegetarian because the roasted cauliflower sandwich ($8) has its own die-hard followers. 

    2201 14th St. NW; 202-234-5015

  • Nobadeer at Jetties

    Of the delicious roast-turkey sandwich options, we find the Thanksgiving-themed Nobadeer - turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise on soft sourdough - most irresistible. 

    Price: $9.45
    Insider Tip: This beloved local chain roasts its own turkeys - sometimes up to 800 pounds per day, which accounts for why their turkey sandwiches are the most popular on the menu.

    Locations in Bethesda, Cleveland Park, Foxhall and Downtown.

  • Sandwich Cubano at Mi Cuba Cafe

    This is the place where local Cubans go to find a taste of home - but you don't have to be Cuban to develop an addiction to this layering of roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard pressed on Cuban-style bread. 

    Price: $8.95
    Insider Tip: Come for the sandwich; stay for other Cuban classics like the croquetas, picadillo and the ropa vieja.

    1424 Park Rd. NW; 202-813-3489

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    The Italian at Red Apron

    It seems as if each sandwich at Red Apron has a legion of ardent champions. This new grab-and-go option is not only noteworthy for its amazing flavors but also for this reason: How many Italian subs use entirely house-cured, locally sourced, humanely raised meats? 

    Price: $10
    Insider Tip: Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac's butterscotch pudding might be our favorite dessert so far this year. It's an absolute must-try.

    709 D St. NW; 202-524-5244

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    Pastrami at Stachowski's Market

    Meat master Jamie Stachowski brines his pastrami for seven-10 days; slow smokes it for 11 hours; steams it for two hours; and hand slices it into thick, buttery slabs. Nothing else but spicy mustard and beautiful pumpernickel are necessary. Take that, NYC.  

    Price: $12.99
    Insider Tip: The price is high, but Stachowski says you get no less than a pound and a half of meat on this sandwich. And who else puts that much care into pastrami?

    1425 28th St. NW; 202-506-3125

  • Kingston at Sundevich

    The Jamaican-inspired flavors of jerk chicken, pineapple salsa, greens, spicy slaw and garlic mayo are the type of thing that transport you to a warmer, happier place with each bite. Of all the sandwiches here named after cities around the world, this is consistently our favorite trip to take.

    Price: $10
    Insider Tip: If you can't make it over to Shaw for lunch, the owners also run a food truck that may turn up closer to your office. Follow it here

    1314 Ninth St. NW; 202-319-1086

  • The Provencale at WTF at Woodward Table

    This sandwich is the poster child for how to coax a remarkable amount of flavor out of a beautiful stack of veggies, evidenced in layers of grilled eggplant, zucchini, portobellos, onions, goat cheese, basil, olive/sundried-tomato pesto and peppers on house-baked bread. Not only did it shine, but it far outshined its meaty menu mates. 

    Price: $8.75
    Insider Tip: Several types of house-baked breads are available for purchase - as are several delish freshly baked pastries.

    1426 H St. NW; 202-347-5353

  • Duck Reuben at Zentan

    We've had an awful lot of sandwiches lately, but this one just about knocked our socks off. It's that good. Chef Jennifer Nguyen packs a lot of flavor into her Asian 1000 Island dressing, which is spiked with Thai chiles, cayenne, dried orange, dried ginger, nori and a host of other ingredients. Gruyere, kimchi, mizuna greens and rye also add plenty to the party.

    Price: $14
    Insider Tip: Order it as part of the $19 prix fixe lunch option, and you'll get a well-portioned appetizer and a drink for only $4 more than the cost of the sandwich. 

    1155 14th St. NW; 202-379-4366