2200 Bladensburg Rd., NE
Washington, DC 20018
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Northeast
Cuisines: American, Deli/Quick Bites
Monday through Friday 6 AM to 5 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Polish ham sandwich; roast beef sandwich; corned beef sandwich; brisket on rye; smothered pork chops; fried haddock.
Sandwiches $2.25 to $6.50; entrées $6.95 to $9.95.
Why go: North and South converge at this combination New York deli and soul-food café, where white collar meets blue collar and black mingles with white. Rarely can you find a pastrami sandwich this good south of the Mason-Dixon Line—or one that can be served with a side of grits.
What to get: Pastrami—rich and moist—on rye; mildly spiced corned-beef sandwich; thick-cut roast-beef sandwich, the house-roasted meat still warm from the oven if you get there early enough.
Best for: Transplanted New Yorkers in need of a pastrami fix and anyone who loves people-watching. Customers include hat-wearing matrons, Bluetooth-bearing professionals, paint-spattered construction workers—all likely drawn by the warm smiles of the ladies behind the counter as well as by the food.
Insider tip: Three decades on, this old-school deli still doesn’t take credit cards.
Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch.
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