In ‘Wich’ We Lose

May 31, 2012

Adam Richman, left, and J&G Steakhouse chef Philippe Reininger hold the W Hotel's chicken club sandwich.

Washington gets a nod from “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman in his new Travel Channel show, “Best Sandwich in America” (Wednesdays at 9 p.m., beginning next week). The series pits 27 cities’ sandwiches against each other, in a March Madness-style bracket showdown. One victor will eventually be determined by Richman’s subjective taste buds.

It won’t be from D.C.

That’s because our sandwich is a $19 chicken club from the W Hotel (above, with Richman and chef Philippe Reininger, of J&G Steakhouse, which makes the W’s food).

Richman said he stumbled upon the club — which is available only through the W’s room service — while he was staying at the W. Imagine that! (Richman said he initially didn’t know that the sandwich containing grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, lettuce and a sunny-side-up egg was room-service-only. It’s “unfortunate,” he said, but “it’s kind of cool that it’s a secret sandwich.”)

The next closest “best sandwiches” hail from Richmond, Va., and Baltimore. Richmond’s quirky, cozy Black Sheep restaurant submits the CSS Virginia, filled with fried chicken livers, remoulade and apples. It’s a creative combo you probably won’t find anywhere else.

Baltimore’s rep is Faidley Seafood’s crab cake sandwich, which was recommended to Richman by resident and “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman. It’s not only a local tradition, it’s even endorsed by locals! Obviously, that’s more than we can say for our chicken club.

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