100 Very Best Restaurant 2016: G by Mike Isabella

G by Mike Isabella often has guest chefs deem up sandwiches. This one, a Kim-fil-A--a mess of fried chicken, bacon, and fermented-chili slaw--was created by Jonah Kim. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

By day, this narrow shop slings some of the top sandwiches in town. At night, the lights go down (though the sound system stays tuned to ’90s hip-hop and metal) and chef/owner Mike Isabella’s crew cranks out a more ambitious roster of Italian pastas and roasts. The $40 prix fixe menu—which begins with a generous meat-and-cheese slate—is a killer deal, but you can go à la carte as well. Even if you have kale fatigue, don’t overlook the cavolo nero salad, softened with tangy yogurt-tahini dressing. It’s one of the best plates of greens we’ve had in months.

Don’t miss: goat-and-potato sandwich; lamb on pita; roast chicken; garlic bread and gravy (Sundays only).

Price: Inexpensive (sandwich shop) to expensive (dinner menu).

See what other restaurants made our 100 Very Best Restaurants list. This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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