Those folks at DGS -- what mensches! For Mother's Day, the Jewish deli-inspired restaurant is supplying diners with an in-house Jewish mother, ready to dispense advice about dating schlemiels and schlimazels to Jews and goyim alike.
The mother is Robin Jeweler, whose son, Dave Wiseman, is a DGS co-owner. In her career as a legislative attorney on the Hill, Jeweler had her motto hand-stitched, framed and mounted in her cubicle: "To save time, assume I know everything."
You can seek Jeweler's advice as you nosh on brunch specials like asparagus salad with pastrami, rye gremolata and a poached egg if you make a reservation at DGS on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
To get a sample of Jeweler's wisdom, we threw a few questions her way:
1. What’s your advice for D.C. singles?
Well, I never thought much of the bar scene as a way to meet people. Still don’t. (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a nice bar, like the one at DGS.) But once one graduates from school, it can certainly be a lot harder to meet people. Office romances are tricky, but then again, many of my married former colleagues at the Library of Congress met at work. There were softball leagues and a lot of nice social outlets. I know A LOT of married couples who met online. I’m all for trying that out. In the end, it comes down to attitude. If you can relax and enjoy life, others will flock to you.
2. What should men and women look for in a spouse?
Aside from the obvious stuff – shared values, some physical chemistry, stuff like that, I am going to say a sense of humor. And I mean a sense of humor writ large. Making one another laugh and the ability to laugh at life’s curve balls goes a long way. And I’ll tell you a secret: a marriage is like a tree; it never stops growing. In a happy marriage, the couple grows together over time, like the mighty oak from the little acorn. After thirty-five years, my husband and I have the occasional telepathic conversation. It is really quite creepy.
3. What’s the best way to make a mom happy on Mother’s Day?
Whatever you think about it, don’t you dare ignore Mother’s Day! A card, a call, a token ... just let Mom know you’re thinking of her (hopefully with love). If it’s possible to get the family together for a good meal, nothing is better. And of course, if there are a lot of mothers in the family, as is often the case, a nice meal out means that no one mother or child has to do all the work.
4. Is it appropriate to break up with someone who orders a corned beef sandwich with mayonnaise?
Yes, unless he or she is a doctor. BTW, 22 years ago at the venerable Parkway Deli, a waitress refused to serve an eight-year-old boy a corned beef sandwich on Wonder Bread. The boy’s parents thanked her profusely. All mothers know that it really does “take a village.”
If you can't make it on Sunday (or you already get enough unsolicited advice from your own Jewish mother already, oy), there's some other good news from DGS: The restaurant's deli counter will begin selling take-away sandwiches on May 7. So If Mrs. Jeweler's advice doesn't cut it, you can grab a pastrami, whitefish salad, or turkey-with-gribenes sandwich and take your queries to Carolyn Hax.
The full takeout menu follows below:
• White Fish Salad: Tomato Jam, Fried Capers, Radish, Montreal Bagel ($8)
• Roasted Turkey: Avocado, Pepper Relish, Provolone, Gribenes, Pumpernickel ($9)
• DGS Egg Salad: Butter Lettuce, Harissa, Gribenes, Pumpernickel ($9)
• 1/2 POUND Pastrami or Corned Beef: Creekstone Farms Brisket, House Mustard, Double Baked Rye ($13)
• Grilled Chicken Salad: “Everything” Aioli, Peppadews, Double Baked Rye ($8)
• The Israeli: Hummus, Cucumber, Pickled Beets, Feta, Pumpernickel ($8)
• Smoked Salmon Pastrami: Cucumber Salad, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Montreal Bagel ($10)
• **Add The COMBINATION ($4): Choice of Potato Salad, Coleslaw or Cucumber Salad and any Drink
• Matzo Ball Soup $7
• Potato Salad $3
• Coleslaw $3
• Cucumber Salad $4
• Pickle Plate $5
• Dr. Browns $3
• Mexican Coke $3.50
• Fizzy Lizzy $3.50
House-made condiments and ingredients are also for sale: Harissa ($6), dill pickles ($9), schmaltz ($5), hot sauce ($5), smoked Maldon salt ($10), and deli mustard ($6).