Food

5 Over-the-Top, Gluttonous, Guilt-Inducing New Sandwiches In Washington

New sandwiches in DC: Angry Chicken Sandwich at Ray’s Hell Burger Too. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman

1. Angry Chicken Sandwich at Ray’s Hell Burger Too

The DC incarnation of Michael Landrum’s beloved Arlington burger place has more than just patties. We’re hooked on this monster-size sando ($9.99), with its thinly pounded chicken breast painted with spicy—but not crazy-spicy—green sauce. 449 K St., NW; no phone.

New sandwiches in DC: Pastrami Sandwich at Chase the Submarine. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman

2. Pastrami Sandwich at Chase the Submarine

At his Vienna shop, Tim Ma amps up the Jewish-deli standard with house-smoked meat, carrot kraut, pickled shallots, and slatherings of crème fraîche and mustard, all between buttery slices of toasted rye ($10). 132 Church St., NW, Vienna; 703-865-7829.

New sandwiches in DC: Brisket Sandwich at Texas Jack’s. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman

3. Brisket Sandwich at Texas Jack’s

Allen Brothers—the beef purveyor that supplies some of the country’s best steakhouses—is also behind the supremely tender brisket at this bright, white-walled Lyon Park barbecue restaurant. A hefty spoonful of melty queso makes the creation ($12) all the better. 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington; 703-875-0477.

New sandwiches in DC: Patty Melt at Crisp. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman

4. Patty Melt at Crisp

The Nashville hot chicken—fried birds crusted with red-hot cayenne—are what most tables are tearing into, but the real star at this Bloomingdale hangout is this burger on sourdough ($9), done up with cheddar, bacon, pickles, and garlic mayo. 1837 First St., NW; 202-853-9915.

New sandwiches in DC: Patty Melt at Crisp. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman

5. Grilled-Pork Bánh Mì at Bánh Ta Deli

One of the latest arrivals to the Vietnamese-restaurant-crammed Eden Center is this shop filled with condiments, French cookies, and some of the area’s best bánh mì. The shatteringly crunchy baguette ($4) holds slices of lemongrass-marinated pork, egg-rich house-made mayo, and plenty of jalapeños. 6783 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church; 703-532-1069.

This article appears in our March 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.