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(Cubano at Fast Gourmet; photo by Sean McCormick)

Best sandwich shops

Going Out Guide staff  |  Updated 09/21/2012

At these shops, the act of piling toppings and slathering condiments onto bread is elevated to an art form.


A.M. Wine Shoppe

Washington, DC

A small, rotating selection of sandwiches always includes the Italian cold cut Admorghese, or "Ad Mo," which offers finocchiona, mortadella, picante provolone, spicy diced marinated vegetables and a healthy bath of good olive oil on a Lyon Bakery baguette.


The Butcher's Block

Alexandria, VA

Indulgent ingredients abound: Mounds of prosciutto, sweet fig jam and a thick slice of brie come together on a crusty baguette. A turkey-avocado combo gets a kick from a red onion marmalade and creamy mustard. The shop sells sandwiches between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Cork Market & Tasting Room

Washington, DC

The 14th Street wine bar spun off a wine and food shop in December. The veggie sandwich is an antidote to soggy vegetarian offerings on the market. Well-seasoned focaccia is a lovely, aromatic complement to soppresatta, roasted red peppers and olive tapenade.


Earl's Sandwiches

Arlington, VA

Earl's roasts its meat in-house, which bolsters the turkey-cranberry combo. Jellied sauce and thick slices of the bird remind us of the best part of the day after Thanksgiving: leftovers.


Fast Gourmet

Washington, DC

Gourmet sandwiches at a gas station? Believe it. On a menu that includes everything from Cuban pork butt sandwiches to falafel, the Chivito is the true standout: The Uruguayan specialty boasts beef tenderloin, mozzarella, Black Forest ham, bacon, mushrooms and hard-boiled egg on a soft white roll.


G Street Food

Washington, DC

When baking guru Mark Furstenberg left this downtown eatery in November, food fans worried. A recent Cubano sandwich -- prosciutto and pork enlivened by tangy pickled jalapenos -- put those fears to rest.


Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine

Rockville, MD

Cheetos are an unlikely topping for a sandwich, but somehow they work on Gilly's ham and cheese. Maple syrup adds depth to the brie-plus-ham number.


Italian Store

Arlington, VA

You've got to be willing to endure the weekend masses, but few things taste better for a weekend lunch than classic cold cuts from this Italian market. To cope with the crowds, there's usually a supply of freshly-made Milano subs (the store's most popular selection) waiting to be grabbed from a wicker basket. Want something else? Take a number, but trust us: It will be worth the wait.


Mangialardo and Sons Inc. Italian Deli

Washington, DC

This Pennsylvania Avenue storefront is a throwback: Order one of a few hoagies from a slim counter in the back, pull a soda out of a cold box, and dash. If a classic Italian sub is what you're after, Mangialardo's G-Man is it: layers of ham, salami, pepperoni, mortadella, fontina and provolone.



Washington, DC

Sundevich is a modest counter-service operation with a menu of 11 carefully considered sandwich creations and a handful of house-made salads and sides.


Taylor Gourmet

+ Multiple Locations

Cold-cut and chicken cutlet options beckon, but the restaurant's roast pork nods to a Philly classic with aged provolone and sauteed broccoli rabe.


Wagshal's Delicatessen

Washington, DC

Wagshal's remains true to its Jewish deli roots. The simple brisket-mustard-and-rye sandwich is a thing of beauty: The meat takes seven weeks to age, cure and smoke, leaving a complex flavor on the tongue.


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