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.
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.
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