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Sometimes lunchtime glory can be found in the most unexpected of places; in Fast Gourmet's case, alongside a grungy gas station. But instead of the expected cigarettes and chewing gum for sale as this roadside stop, visitors go past the conventional gas counter to find an eatery with green and black walls where the son of a former Uruguayan diplomat fuels the people with elevated sandwiches. The fare is described as "urban street food," and the chef's Latin background is a tastable influence in milanesa made with pounded and breaded NY strip and tilapia tacos drizzled with pico de gallo. Notable is the Chivito: beef tenderloin, black forest ham, bacon, green olives, melty mozzarella, hard-boiled egg, lettuce, tomato and a pepper-onion-garlic oil called escabeche on a doughy roll baked on location (yeast rises even when gas prices fall). It's better than the usual rotisserie hot dog, no? All the sandwiches come with a side of fries. Pump-your-own ketchup.

Roast beef sandwich with fries
Washington DC

Fast Gourmet

Credit: Fast Gourmet

Sometimes lunchtime glory can be found in the most unexpected of places; in Fast Gourmet's case, alongside a grungy gas station. But instead of the expected cigarettes and chewing gum for sale as this roadside stop, visitors go past the conventional gas counter to find an eatery with green and black walls where the son of a former Uruguayan diplomat fuels the people with elevated sandwiches. The fare is described as "urban street food," and the chef's Latin background is a tastable influence in milanesa made with pounded and breaded NY strip and tilapia tacos drizzled with pico de gallo. Notable is the Chivito: beef tenderloin, black forest ham, bacon, green olives, melty mozzarella, hard-boiled egg, lettuce, tomato and a pepper-onion-garlic oil called escabeche on a doughy roll baked on location (yeast rises even when gas prices fall). It's better than the usual rotisserie hot dog, no? All the sandwiches come with a side of fries. Pump-your-own ketchup.