Cheap Eats 2016: Chase the Submarine

Chase the Submarine Cheap Eats 2016
Chase the Submarine's chicken wings are glazed in a mix of creme fraîche, fish sauce, and the Korean-pepper paste called gajuchang. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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While some chefs focus a place tightly on one dish (say, kolaches or Korean tacos) or at least a cuisine, Tim Ma takes the broad view. His sandwich shop pings around the globe, with stops in places as diverse as Vietnam, for a messy pork-belly bánh mì, and Philly, for a fabulous riff on a cheesesteak. Ma manages to pull off his scattered vision, thanks to grounding elements like house-smoked meats and smartly whimsical accessories: A take on a Cuban sandwich gets its tangy sweetness from pickled apples and a swipe of lychee. The place doubles as a small market, where you can pick up local vinegars and Ma’s pickles and kimchee, or sign up for a CSA.

Also good: Virginia Italian sub; pastrami sandwich with carrot sauerkraut; crème fraîche wings.

See what other restaurants made our 2016 Cheap Eats list. This article appears in our May 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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