Sick of having ham and cheese every day? We feel you. But how about some awesome sandwiches and wraps with all the toppings you want? Regardless of who you stay and where you come from, chances are you have a favorite sandwich. And of course a favorite sandwich shop.
The good news is that there are top sandwich spots in DC where amazing bread bombs are prepared in the most innovative ways you can think of. Locals just can’t get enough of the Washington sandwich. No wonder most spots have gone gourmet and chefs have abandoned fine dining and gone all-in to create unique sandwiches paying attention to every detail.
Here are the best sandwich spots in Washington DC.
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1425 28th St NW, Washington, DC 20007 stachowskimarket.com
Butcher shop serving fresh and cured meat and cheeses, including roast chicken and sandwiches to go!
At Stachowski’s Market, only authentic Italian sub with freshly carved meat is served. Apart from the fresh and cured meats, this butcher shop also has an extensive sandwich menu that covers just about every meal they have in the shop. Here, you will enjoy the exceptional taste in cured and smoked meats served in fantastic sandwiches and meat platters for lunch. Each platter includes all sandwiches with generous proportions and rich flavors.
Locals prefer Chef Jamie Stachowski’s dip, a roasted beef sandwich with an amazing touch of Tunisian spice. They rub the top round with some harissa and then cook the beef slow in low temperatures. You can also try the four-meat grinder that contains coppa, salami, soppressata, and mortadella, or try a hot sandwich such as the pastrami or sausage options with bratwurst, house-made kielbasa, and hot Italian sausage.
If you want to go all meaty, try the Meatball subs served hot with marinara, and provolone. Home-made treats such as beef kabobs, chimichurri, marinated chicken, potato salad, and turkey burgers are also available to try!
1314 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 sundevich.com
Converted garage with a counter-serve shop serving creative sandwiches made from fresh local ingredients!
Looking for something delicious and nutritious to get the day started? Try the sandwiches at SUNdeVICH. This independent sandwich shop, operating in various neighborhoods, is popular for its unique sandwiches prepared on French-style demi-baguettes and baked daily by a local bakery. Locals especially rave about the crusty yet chewy bread that makes a perfect foundation to carry and complement the wide range of flavors and textures of every crafted creation. Everything is made with fresh products sourced locally. Menu items are delivered and prepped every day in small batches.
Try the popular Kingston option that comes with jerk chicken, spicy slaw, pineapple salsa, greens, and garlic mayo. Other popular options that you should not miss out on include the lamb gyro dubbed the Athens served topped with lamb, tomato, red onions, and tzatziki, or a Cubano inform of Havana that comes with roasted pork, pickles, gruyere, and dijonnaise, or stay domestic with the popular Memphis, a BBQ chicken sandwich topped with red onion, sharp cheddar, pickles, mayo, and iceberg.
This neighborhood spot also serves globally-inspired salads such as arugula, savory sides such as eggplant dip and tzatziki, as well as breakfast sandwiches influenced by Milan, Mexico City, and more. At SUNdeVICH, there is plenty to enjoy if you’re a sandwich lover.
1776 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006 thebestsandwichplace.com
Casual, counter-serve spot offering made-to-order sandwiches, rice bowls, and salads!
Sandwich enthusiasts from all over DC flock to The Best Sandwich Place to feast on savory, authentic made-to-order sandwiches. This family-run restaurant is a perfect spot to drop by for breakfast or lunch every time you’re around the Golden Triangle Area. Their bread is baked daily using only the highest-quality local ingredients.
Looking for something a little lighter? They serve a variety of entrée-sized salads such as pomegranate chicken salad with mixed greens, arugula, honey-glazed chicken breast, tomatoes, raisin, and pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. If you want something heavy, try their melt sandwiches especially the roast turkey mozzarella melt, freshly carved turkey breast served with roasted pepper, mozzarella, and jalapeno cream sauce on sourdough. You might also like the taste of oven-baked breaded chicken breast served with pepper jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, smoked bacon, and tomatoes.
Specialty sandwiches are also great options to order. Try the Smoked Turkey Bacon sub with sharp cheddar, provolone, lettuce, and tomatoes on a sub, or the Spicy Chicken and Arugula with sweet pepper, muenster cheese, tomatoes, and spicy tomato-feta sauce baked on a sub. Classics such as smoked turkey breast, white tuna salad, ham and cheese will leave you craving to come back for more every time you’re in DC.
1815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036 bubandpops.com
Warmly decorated nook known for dishing out handcrafted hoagies and unique pickles including soups and salads!
Mae and Irv Wagner have a clever way of serving delicious home-style food, especially the favorites of the 9th Street Italian Market. The Italian-style hoagie and braised beef brisket sandwiches are the main stands out at Bub and Pops. All the hoagies, specialty sandwiches, and cheesesteaks are served on a hoagie.
Enjoy favorites such as the Bulgarian Feta sandwich that includes sheep’s milk feta roasted and served with eggplant caponata, caramelized onion, grilled zucchini, oven-roasted tomatoes, grilled fennel, and pecorino Romano. The Philly special that comes with roasted pork or porchetta served with aged sharp provolone and broccoli rabe sautéed with hot cherry peppers is also a favorite for many locals in DC.
They also serve delicious cheesesteaks with a choice of either beef or chicken served with mild provolone and sautéed onions. You can have yours with some extras upon request. Vegetarians will also have something to enjoy at Bub and Pop’s with options such as classic cheese hoagie with plenty of toppings and can be baked upon request.
Order one of their savory desserts, and soups to enjoy alongside your sandwich!
2133 G St NW, Washington, DC 20037 gwdelicatessen.com
Cozy neighborhood deli serving a wide array of sandwiches and other delicious staples!
At GW Delicatessen, mouthwatering portions are piled high and fresh ingredients are prepared daily to ensure you get only the authentic items on the menu. They have everything to get your day started off and plenty of goodies to keep you energized through your afternoon.
The most popular items include bacon and egg sandwich with some extra egg and bacon on a choice of bread, or fried eggs and cheese sandwiches with extra-large egg and American cheese on a choice of bread. Steak and cheese sub on a turkey or chicken salad sandwich are great options if you want to try something away from the norm.
Want something hot? Try the beef hot dog on a hot dog bun or the meatball sandwich. They also serve other delicious selections such as grilled cheese with a bacon sandwich or the chicken parmesan sandwich. If you’re not into the hot stuff, try the cold sandwiches especially the ham sandwich, smoked turkey sandwich, or the Italian salami sandwich.
Make sure you order a salad, side, and a bowl of soup to enjoy with your sandwich!
1317 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003 mangialardos.com
Old-school Italian nook preparing traditional hot and cold sandwiches on the go!
A local favorite, Mangialardo’s has become a gathering spot for locals and visitors to get a taste of traditionally made hot and cold sandwiches. They not only serve sandwiches; they ensure you leave satisfied.
The family-owned Italian spot has plenty to offer on its extensive menu. Get started with cold subs such as the Super Sub with double ham, cheese, double provolone, mortadella, oregano, and salami, or the Big “G” Sub served with everything on the Super Sub plus fontina, cheese, and oregano.
If you love your sandwich oven hot, then you will have a lot of fun feasting on the hard or soft rolls such as Pizza Sub topped with cheese, sauce, pepperoni and oregano, heated up on a roll of choice. Also, try the beef combo sub topped with corn beef, roast beef, pastrami, and provolone cheese.
They also have a variety of toppings to choose including tomato, lettuce, onion, mayonnaise, hot or sweet peppers, or deli mustard. Just in case you want extra toppings.
1240 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 potbelly.com
Retro-style counter-serve nook popular for serving made-to-order toasted sandwiches, baked goods, and salads!
From the classic photos of Jimi Hendrix shredding a guitar solo at Woodstock, to the satisfying, melty cheese of a toasted sandwich made with love, Potbelly Sandwich Shop has plenty to offer. They make the best-toasted sandwiches in the neighborhood with plenty of other selections such as salads, soups, hand-scooped milkshakes, and freshly-baked cookies.
Try their three new sandwiches that include the all-natural grilled Chicken Club served with smoked bacon, Applewood, and cheddar, hand-sliced Avo Turkey breast with freshly-sliced avocado, swiss, and cucumbers, and Steakhouse Beef, Angus roast beef served with provolone, crumbled blue cheese, and horseradish aioli.
If you’re a vegetarian, then the veggie melt topped with freshly-sliced avocado, cheddar, and mushrooms will surely satisfy your craving for a great sandwich. If you want more meat on your sandwich, then go for the roast beef, grilled chicken, chicken salad, or PB&J – a creamy peanut butter and grape jelly combination.
No matter what your favorite sandwich is, you’re sure to find something that serves what you need at these exceptional spots. The best part is, you can switch the places from time to time depending on what you like. So, what other sandwich spot do you like visiting in DC? Let us know in the comments!