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10 Under-The-Radar DC Sandwiches You Need to Be Eating

G by Mike Isabella’s Spiced Baby Goat and this monster 4 Meat Grinder from Stachowski’s (pictured above) get a whole lot of airtime in these parts. So do all of these sandwiches and these. But what about those undiscovered examples of sandwich artistry? We’ve got 10 for you. Try these under-the-radar sandwiches and note that burgers need not apply.

Laura Hayes

Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly

Bub & Pop’s ()
Golden Triangle
One bite of this deep-fried beauty will take you back to a state fair first date or a very happy childhood filled with fried things. Sandwich chef extraordinaire Jonathan Taub hand grinds the peanuts and makes his own jelly. The only thing that’s not house-made is the classic Pepperidge Farm cinnamon toast. Once assembled, the whole PB&J sandwich is doused in funnel cake batter, fried, and served with a crème anglaise.
Laura Hayes

Club Sandwich

Stachowski Market ()
You’ve probably had a friend brag to you about finishing off a famed Stachowski pastrami sandwich or that grinder we mentioned. Both are built to feed a family of four. But don’t rule out a lesser known option: a humble, yet life-changing club sandwich piled high with bacon, sprouts, avocado, Swiss, and mayo. The turkey’s sliced nice and thick, like Thanksgiving. 
Laura Hayes

Goat Sausage Sandwich

The Fainting Goat ()
U Street
Goat’s getting a lot of attention these days, and for good reason. At The Fainting Goat, they serve the protein in numerous forms -- including raw -- but the sausage sandwich is the standout. It comes with the same trimmings as a ballpark sausage (peppers and onions), but also raises the bar with ingredients like eggplant. Look for it in the “Chomp” section of the small but bold menu. 
Scott Suchman

Duck Reuben

Zentan ()
Thomas Circle
If a Jewish deli owner and a Korean grandmother made sweet, sweet... sandwiches, they would look and taste like this. Thin slices of duck sit atop Korean sauerkraut that’s akin to kimchi, giving it more tang and spice than a regular Reuben. Then, there’s Gruyere cheese, Asian Thousand Island dressing and mizuna (a leafy green veggie). Obviously, it’s served on rye. The sandwich is available at lunch.
Laura Hayes

Pork and Fries

Earl’s Sandwiches (address and info)
You don’t have to crawl along 70 West to Pittsburgh to try a fry-stuffed sandwich. Earl’s has it covered at their Clarendon and Ballston locations. The Pork and Fries sub is filled with juicy roasted pork plus French fries, chipotle mayo, roasted red peppers, sweet pickles, and chopped onions on ciabatta. For best results, wait a few minutes before diving in so the fries can reach their maximum sauce-soaked soggitude.
Laura Hayes


DGS Delicatessen ()
Dupont Circle
Lamb is lame… or at least status quo when it comes to gyros. That’s why DGS changes up this traditional pita sandwich by substituting slow-cooked beef tongue. It falls apart on your tongue (META) and is nicely complimented by all the Mediterranean fixings: tzatziki, feta, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. You’ll find it on the lunch menu.
Laura Hayes


Del Campo ()
Downtown/Mt. Vernon Square
There are technically only two requisite ingredients in this sandwich and if you passed 7th grade Spanish (instead of flirting with Manuela) you’d guess that they’re chorizo and bread. This street food sandwich is sold in Argentina, Bolivia, and beyond. But at Del Campo, Victor Albisu goes above and beyond by lovingly wrapping the chorizo in pulled pork and burnt rapini for a South-Philly-meets-South-American surprise. It’s served with yucca fries and a mini crock of sauce. 
Laura Hayes

Lamb Meatloaf Sandwich

The Red Hen ()
Everyone heads to The Red Hen for the pasta, especially that addictive rigatoni. But don’t overlook the one bready option on the menu: an over-the-top lamb meatloaf sandwich that’s got game. No literally, the lamb gives the sandwich a real gamey flavor that’s complimented by smoked onions, crisp Romaine lettuce, dill yogurt, and marinated cucumbers.
Laura Hayes

Kentucky Sandwich

G Street Food ()
McPherson Square (& Dupont Circle/White House)
This fried chicken sandwich may be called “Kentucky”, but it has nothing in common with Colonel Sanders or anything that comes in bucket form. The G Street Food sandwich is stuffed with fried bits of chicken, rather than a whole breast, giving it more of a po' boy feel. They add on garlic-roasted mushrooms, fresh spinach, "Angry Mayo", and bacon bits. Don’t let the sub roll shape fool you, this baby’s on brioche. 
Kangaroo Boxing Club

Pulled Duck Sandwich

Kangaroo Boxing Club ()
Columbia Heights
Sorry, no ‘roo meat in this sandwich… just a whole lot of pulled duck that’s been rolled around in tangy sauce. Also on the French baguette: blackberry caramelized onions and bacon jam. Try it perhaps with a rye flight of four one-ounce pours. That’ll keep your mouth busy between bites of Daffy.

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1. Bub and Pop's 1815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This charming mom & pop shop in Dupont Circle has a whole host of hearty hoagies at their disposal, like their traditional Italian, roast pork, or our favorite, Pop's Beef Brisket, with apple-horseradish cream, five-year-aged Gouda, and veal jus.

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2. Stachowski Market and Deli 1425 28th St NW , Washington, DC , DC 20007

A farmer's market vet now has the meatiest corner store of them all, with a pig chalkboard displaying daily sandwiches, and deli cases rocking gourmet options like chicken bratwurst (w/ a cider-soaked apple/ sage/ nutmeg), port- & juniper-spiced duck, and a bay leaf/ toasted oats pork they're calling "Banger, English style", so you'll want to eat it with the lights off, try not to move around too much, and wish each other well afterward with a firm handshake.

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3. The Fainting Goat 1330 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Fainting Goat has an impressive selection of craft brews on draft, along with a tiered food menu (Nibble, Graze, Chomp, and Feed) to make sure you don't resemble their namesake after too many beers.

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4. Zentan 1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

From a Hong Kong-raised Iron Chef-contender who's built his rep on a slew of Toronto fooderies, Zentan's a sleek, slate-tiled, cross-Asian dining hall ornamented with finished black tables and hanging, razor-like pallets of faux-candles.

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5. DGS Delicatessen 1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

DGS Delicatessen takes the idea from your old Jewish grandmother's kitchen and elevates it with a modern and creative spin that gives this authentic deli-bar new flavor and energy with a homestyle base. Styled after the turn-of-the-century grocery stores, DGS Delicatessen house cures and smokes their all meats and fish as well as crafts their own duck fat matzo balls.

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6. Del Campo 777 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Del Campo is upscale Argentinian grilling in DC. It is a beautiful Penn Quarter tribute to Argentinian grilled meats, all served in an elegantly rustic space outfitted with smoked oak floors and leather sling-back barstools, but served especially elegantly when it's 48oz of pure ribeye. Oh yeah, that's a thing you can order. Allied: While you're there, grab some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.

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7. The Red Hen 1822 1st St NW , Washington, DC 20001

A wood-laden resto with a wood-fired grill burning TWO kinds of wood will have you... excited about classy American-Italian eats like their gnocchi alla Romana and their smoked trout crostini.

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8. G Street Food 1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

If you've been a fan of their Montreal-style bagels and banh mis, you'll be happy to know G Street's McPherson Square location does dinner as well. The dinner menu features rabbit stew and Singapore Chili Crab, keeping up with the international injections of the other location's menus.

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9. Kangaroo Boxing Club 3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Kangaroo Boxing Club walks the line between cool and bizarre: church pews, sconces made from Singer sewing machines, and vintage photos of DC in the '20s set the scene for drinks like the Grandpa's Revenge (Old Grand-Dad and house-made spiced tonic) and plates of BBQ and fried chicken.

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