Updated: Duke’s Grocery brings East London to east Dupont

September 9, 2013

Because Duke's Grocery is inspired by the cuisine of East London, it's really inspired by cuisine from all around the world. This Dupont Circle sandwich shop, bar and market features a melting pot of a menu, with classic deli sandwiches mingling with Italian subs, Vietnamese banh mi, tandoori chicken and classic British fare. The restaurant, helmed by chef-owner Alex McCoy, formerly of Rugby Cafe, opens at 1315 1513 17th Street NW Tuesday at 11 a.m.


A sandwich at Duke's Grocery, opening on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Duke's Grocery)

Duke's is a sandwich shop and market by day and a bar by night. Expect concoctions like a Dark and Stormy made with house-made ginger-chili syrup, and a citrusy Shoreditch Fizz, with citron vodka, prosecco, limoncello fresh lemon and basil. There will also be local craft beers and a wine list featuring varietals from around the globe.

When you pick up your sandwiches, you can grab groceries or a coffee, too. Duke's will feature produce for sale from Potomac Farm Market, which also supplies the restaurant with its ingredients. A vintage espresso machine will keep guests caffeinated when they stop in for an English breakfast or pastry -- breakfast and brunch service will be coming soon after opening.  A sample menu follows.


Co-owners Alex McCoy (Left) and Daniel Kramer (Maura Judkis/for The Post)

The upstairs dining room at Duke's Grocery.

Produce for sale at Duke's Grocery.

 

SAMPLE MARKET MENU

BRICK LANE SALT BEEF - brined brisket, house pickles, colman’s mustard on toasted rye or beigel

RUBY ON RYE - salt beef, jarlsberg, house 'kraut, dilled mustard sauce, sweet & sour pickles, farmhouse rye

SUNDAY ROAST - 24 hour roast beef, charred red onion, double gloucester cheddar, apple cider-horseradish sauce, rocket, herbs, tomato, rustic loaf

BANGER SARNIE - smoked pork sausage, roasted poblano chimi-churri, mayonnaise, rustic ciabatta loaf

MAYMA’S POLPETTE - my grandmother’s beef & pork meatballs, san marzano tomato, fresh oregano, shaved grana, rustic ciabatta loaf

BUTCHER’S CHOICE - soppressata, jamon serrano, mortadella, gruyere, pickled vegetable giardiniera, marinated serrano chilis, rocket, rustic ciabatta loaf

PROPER CLUB - tandoori spiced chicken, bacon, avocado, garlic-chili mayonnaise, herb greens, tomato, toasted rustic

EASTENDER - hot roast beef, gruyere, marinated poblano peppers, grilled red onion, chimichurri, white truffle butter, rustic ciabatta loaf

BANH MI - apple-hoisin glazed pork shoulder, chicken liver pate, pickled daikon & carrot, cucumber, coriander, chives, fish sauce, sriracha and mayonnaise

CHEESE TOASTY - gruyere, gouda, double cheddar, leek & garlic, white truffle butter, toasted sourdough

LONDON FIELDS - roasted beets, acorn squash, haloumi cheese, fresh herbs, rocket, radish, tomato, mustard vinaigrette, pumpernickel baguette

ROASTED CHICKEN SALAD - oven roasted chicken, mango chutney mayonnaise, roasted garlic, red onion, english peas, touch of garam masala, tomato, greens, toasted rustic

SPICY AUBERGINE - grilled eggplant, garlicky- lemon harissa, haloumi cheese, coriander, chives, grilled red onion, rocket, rustic ciabatta loaf

MA’S TUNA SALAD - white tuna, celery, red onion, whole grain mustard dijonnaise, fresh herbs, toasted rustic, greens, cucumber, tomato

SLOPPY JACK - house ragu of pork, beef & pancetta w/ mirepoix & tomato, spicy pickles, fennel-cabbage slaw

POSH BLT - peppered bacon, avocado, local tomato, iceberg lettuce, fresh herbs, garlic mayonnaise, sriracha

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