The food: Simply conceived, tasty sandwiches made with high-quality ingredients make this tiny sandwich shop a hit, especially among twentysomethings looking to sooth their hangovers. In the morning, bagels from Whatsa Bagel and egg sandwiches are supplemented with coffee—choices include Brazilian and Ethiopian blends. At lunchtime, sandwiches on a choice of breads (rye, French, sourdough) are topped with Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses. A pastry counter holds blondies, lemon bars, bear claws, and fruit tarts. Bring cash—So’s Your Mom doesn’t accept plastic.
The scene: For more than 25 years, this Manhattan-style deli has entertained the to-go crowd in and around Adams Morgan. A chalkboard of sandwich listings behind the counter steals most customers’ attention. A wall of specialty items (al dente pasta, Nutella, hot peppers) adds to the cluttered charm.
What’s nearby: So’s Your Mom is one block off 18th Street’s daytime-shopping and nighttime-boozing scene.
Insider tips: Having a party? The deli caters for both small get-togethers and large parties—from 2 to 200, it says.