Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Atmosphere: Small and very casual; sandwich menu.
Price Range: Sandwiches from $1.55 for egg salad to $2.80 for salami and muenster cheese; salads from 40 cents to $2.95 for tuna or chicken salad platter.
Credit Cards: Master Charge, Visa.
Special Facilities: Catering; carryout; high chairs; parking lot; patrons in wheelchairs will have to maneuver one curb step from the parking lot level.
Somebody at Zippy's loves New York. The combination delicatessen and restaurant is a small slice of the Big Apple set down in a suburban shopping center on the outsirts of Herndon.
A restaurant that would probably be more at home on 42nd Street is a welcome addition to an area where good New York-type cold cuts are often hard to find.
At a glance, Ziggy's is an ordinary sandwich place -- formica tables scattered down a narrow room with a large deli counter on the side. It also appears to be something of a local hangout, judging by the darts game in the back.
The first clues to Ziggy's true calling are the bulletin boards. Their displays of ballet posters, turn-of-century Wall Street Journals and preserved 78 recordings pay homage to -- you guessed it -- Manhattan.
Then there's the food.
Deli items are Ziggy's forte. The menu lists 15 sandwich selections, ranging from bologna to roast beef. Since a wide choice of bread is available, it is possible to custom order a sandwich. The breads, from Ottenberg's Bakery, include rye, pumpernickle, whole wheat, kaiser and hoagie rolls.
Ziggy's also offers six special sandwiches. The ones we sampled were gigantic and inspired. Our top choice was hot pastrami with swiss cheese, cole slaw and russian dressing for $2.65. The pastrami was just lean enough, sliced very thin and piled on. Somehow, the swiss cheese was melted onto the warm pastrami before the whole shebang was inserted between slices of untoasted rye bread. The russian dressing was tangy and sweet and, according to our waitress, homemade.
We also ordered the hot corned beef and pastrami combination, $2.55, which was just as thick and supremely satifying.
Among the other specialties were smoked sausage with kraut, $1.25; a kosher hot dog on a seed roll, also $1.25, and salami with muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, at $2.80 the most expensive sandwich on the menu.
Our two girls, who fancy themselves cold cut connoisseurs, stuck with plainer fare. They gave the seal of approval to baked ham sandwiches, $2.25, and their only complaint was that Ziggy's did not have American cheese.
The sandwiches came with dill pickles and potato chips. We also had side orders of salad, 40 cents, and then wished we hadn't bothered. Plain iceberg lettuce was routinely garnished with onions and tomato and not quite enough of the homemade dressing.
For patrons who can turn down the sandwiches, the restaurant has a few alternatives, such as "two-alarm" chili for $1.05 and a chopped liver platter that includes corned beef, salami, bread and butter, a good buy for $2.75.
Desserts of eclairs, 95 cents, and pudding or jello, 50 cents each, are a child's idea of heaven. We bypassed one of our favorites, New York cheesecake, $1.05, to try a scrumptious-looking carrot layer cake, 95 cents, on display in an old-fashioned lunchroom counter case. The cake was suitably moist and spicy, dotted with raisins and nuts and swathed in fluffy white icing, but it did not taste quite as fresh as it should have. Too long in the displace case, perhaps.
A word about the service. It was friendly but slightly abrupt during busy hours. We also had a wait for our food, but not long enough to allow the children to start any serious fidgeting. Anyhow, the sandwiches at Ziggy's were worth waiting for, as well as being easy on the pocket book. Our bill for four, including tax, came to $11.08.