Sandwich Nation


There are all kinds of regional sandwiches- the cheesesteak, the Primanti’s sammich (pictured here), the po’ boy, assorted varieties of barbecue between bread, etc.

We were pondering last night (between rounds of an entirely too long pub quiz) that there is no real sandwich culture in DC. Our culinary options are man- some celebrity chef whose name escapes me once said that while there are more restaurants per capita in New York City, DC has more different kinds of food than almost anywhere else. But they tend toward either the diverse and ethnic, or the paid-for-by-lobbyists.

Meanwhile, my trip to Primanti’s in my hometown this weekend has left me pining for a good sandwich. Suggestions?

3 Comments so far

  1. monavano (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 9:54 am

    The Italian Store in Arlington (Glebe Rd. and Lee Highway) has great hoagies. Recently, I had a good Rueben sandwich at the Old Ebbit Grill. The corned beef was excellent!
    There’s just nothing here that resembles a Primanti Bro’s sammich. But, if Rita’s can come to DC, perhaps Primanti’s can too!!


  2. Terry in Maryland (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 3:58 pm

    A couple of years ago, the WashPost ran a contest to see if anyone could come up with a quintessential DC food. They came up with the half-smoke. Apparently, no other region has them (or calls their large hot dog-like items by that name).


  3. Samantha (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 6:21 pm

    The best subs ever come from Capriotti’s. The only down side is that you have to got to DE or MD to get them. I think the closest one to DC is at the beach in DE. Worth the drive, though, lemme tell ya. Fresh turkey cooked overnight in their on-site ovens, yummy cheese steaks…

    mmmm……drooling



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