The Great Sandwich Smackdown: Stoney’s vs. Shawafel

American cheese or Lebanese shawarma?
The Great Sandwich Smackdown: Stoney’s vs. Shawafel
Stoney’s grilled cheese (like the “super,” left, courtesy of Stoney’s) goes up against Shawafel’s shawarma (chicken shawarma photograph by Scott Suchman).

Welcome to the second day of the Great Sandwich Smackdown! Yesterday’s snow didn’t manage to cool our competition. In a tough first round, DGS Delicatessen trumped Sundevich, claiming 71 percent of the votes. We’re sorry to see the Shaw favorite and its tasty baguette sandwiches go.

Day two doesn’t present any easier of a choice, as the stalwart Stoney’s—a.k.a. “boss of the sauce”—goes up against H Street shawarma king Shawafel. Stoney’s attracts ardent fans for its grilled cheese, whether you’re loyal to the circa-1968 classic with melty American on white or the “super” version dolled up with bacon and tomato. When it comes to Shawafel, don’t let the name fool you; there’s nothing “awafel” about the Lebanese fare. The pitas filled with aromatic chicken or beef and lamb are some of the best of their kind.

Don’t forget that the polls close at 5 daily, so vote early.


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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.