Tired of boring, mass-produced sandwiches and burgers? Do you long for a lovingly prepared, triple-decker masterpiece? Listed below is a sampling of restaurants that offer just that. Sandwich price ranges and specialties are noted.
AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa), C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates the establishment has a parking lot; otherwise, expect street parking or commercial lots. "Full bar" indicates a license to sell liquor, beer and wine. "Children" indicates a children's menu with reduced price entrees.
Cates Restaurant and Cellar Pub, 600 Franklin St., Alexandria. Tel.: 549-4460. Hours at the Cellar Pub: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Upstairs, Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Mon.-Wed. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun. brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., barbecue 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Kiddie brunch on Sun. Price range: $4.25 to $6.50. Specialties: Cates hot crab (seasoned crab cake on an English muffin with Gruyere cheese), Monte Cristo, Bombay chicken salad croissant sandwich with pecans and grapes, variety of char-broiled burgers.
Chadwick's, 203 Strand St., Alexandria. Tel.: 836-4442. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to midnight. Cards: AE, MC, V. Street and commercial parking. Full bar. Children. Price range: $3.95 to $5.50. Specialties: club sandwiches, filet served on an English muffin, roast beef and brie on a croissant. Daily specials also offered.
Clyde's of Tysons Corner, 8332 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Tel.: 734-1901. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. 10 am. to 2 a.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free and valet parking. Two full bars (jackets required for men at the main bar after 5 p.m.). Price range: $4 to $7. Specialties: Walter's Favorite (pastrami with Muenster cheese and thousand island dressing, served with coleslaw) and five varieties of six-ounce burgers, served with home-style fries and a pickle.
Fritzbe's, 7050 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 3260 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, and 2334 Hunter Woods Plaza, Reston. Tels.: 354-4560, 273-7600 and 476-4400. Annandale: Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Cards: AE, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Price range: $4 to $12. Specialties: lobster, chicken salad and roast beef croissant sandwiches, hot pastrami, French dip, club sandwich, and 15 varieties of burgers. Fairfax: Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Cards: AE, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Price range: $3 to $5. Specialties: Fur and Glutton burgers (six-ounce beef with bacon, mushroom, onions and mozzarella cheese; ham added for the Glutton burger), Jimmy's Jewels (grilled ham, bacon, American cheese, lettuce and tomatoes) and club sandwiches. Reston: Hours: Sun.-Wed. 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Thurs.-Fri. 11:15 a.m. to midnight; Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Cards: AE, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Price range: $4.50 to $6. Specialties: crab, chicken walnut, roast beef and turkey croissant sandwiches, triple-decker club and burgers.
Quincy's of McLean and Arlington, 6238 Old Dominion Dr. (in the Chesterbrook Shopping Center), McLean and 5444 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tels.: 237-0396 and 671-2774. Hours: McLean, Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sat. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, until 5 p.m. for lunch, 5 p.m. to midnight for dinner; Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, until 5 p.m. for lunch, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. Arlington, Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sat. 11 a.m. to midnight; Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. Cards: AE, MC, V, C (accepted only at Arlington). Free parking. Full bar. Price range: McLean, $4.50 to $7 and Arlington, $3.95 to $6.95. Specialties: crab cake sandwich, Jack and Charlie's favorite (pastrami and Muenster, broiled and served open-faced with coleslaw), St. Moritz (ham and broccoli on French toast with hollandaise sauce), fried oyster sandwich, pita pocket taco (ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream in pita bread, served only at Arlington.)
The Red Fox Tavern and The Night Fox Pub, 2 E. Washington St. (Rte. 50), Middleburg. Tel.: 471-4455. Hours at The Red Fox: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 8 p.m. (Sandwiches are served only at lunch in The Red Fox.) Hours at The Night Fox: Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sun. 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cards: AE, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Price range $3.25 to $6.50. Specialties: The Mosby (roast beef sandwich, with avocado, swiss, tomato and sprouts), The Middleburger (a hamburger with bacon and cheese) and The Jeb Stuart (smoked turkey, bacon and country ham club sandwich).