Cheap Eats 2007: Breadline
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Address: 1751 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-822-8900
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Breakfast, American, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Farragut North
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Barbecue pork sandwich; falafel; prosciutto, mascarpone, and fig jam on walnut-raisin bread; fried oyster po'boy; fried softshell crab sandwich; fried cod sandwich; BLT; Persian chicken salad; chocolate cookies stuffed with mascarpone.
Price Details: Sandwiches $6.90 to $9.95; salads $5.95.

Bread-baking guru Mark Furstenburg sold his stake in this downtown bakery and lunch spot to a bigger company, but the quality of the sandwiches remains largely unchanged, and the place runs more efficiently now that a take-away counter lets you avoid the often out-the-door line for sandwiches, many of which are preassembled anyway. Yes, the place now sells Coke, which Furstenburg wouldn’t do, but there’s still a lineup of Fizzy Lizzy and other artisan sodas and Virginia-made Route 11 potato chips.

Standouts on the menu include a buttered baguette with cooked French ham and Swiss cheese, an egg-salad sandwich with sun-dried tomato, freshly roasted turkey on ciabatta, Persian chicken salad, and sweetly seasoned ground-beef empanadas.

While daily specials can be hit (Niman Ranch pastrami with coleslaw) or miss (could there be a blander Philly cheese­steak?), if it’s Thursday don’t miss the oyster po’boy, a brioche loaded with crispy oysters and splashed with Tabasco. And summer Fridays are made for the soft-shell crab sandwich and a house-made lemonade.

Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch.

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