The Carving Room has been open for a few weeks now, and residents of the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood now have a destination for sandwiches, soups and more. The place also serves up beer and cocktails. What are the initial impressions of the place? Here's what bloggers, Yelpers and others have to say about The Carving Room.
The Vegetarian News: The Carving Room is currently earning 4 stars on Yelp, with 24 reviews in. One is from Kate N., who calls the place "a fun, low key space with veggie sandwiches and decent happy hour deals? Count me in!" [Yelp]
The Poor Pastrami News: From Yelp's JP, "The interior design is fantastic, and whatever marketing firm they close did an excellent job giving the customer the impression that they are really preparing meat in house and not just buying it from the Safeway down the street. Wow, was I fooled. This was just about the worst pastrami sandwich I've ever had." [Yelp]
The Actually, The Pastrami Is Great News: From Yelp's Justin S., "Authentically aged and seasoned, you can tell the owners take real pride in perfecting their meat. No processed, dried out meat on stale bread here. The sandwich was moist and unbelievably flavorful, and brought me right back home. Coupled with the sides of pickled vegetables and salads and a great beer selection, and this was the perfect meal. [Yelp]
The Open Late News: Yelp's Sarah S. was happy because she "had a friend get into town late on Friday night so we called to see if the Carving Room happened to still be serving food (it was almost midnight) and we were in luck! We were surprised to see a good crowd at the bar but we were still able to sit at a table and have dinner. The sandwiches were great and the waitress was friendly and attentive - I'll definitely go back!" [Yelp]
The Satisfied Neighbor News: On Facebook, Cheryl says, "This place ROCKS!!! The food is delish! Beers are pretty darn good as well. I am soooo lucky that I live so close." [Yelp]
The Small Portions News: Also on Facebook, James was "very disappointed" by his experience. "The portions of meat were very small. I ate all of them and the pickled veggies and was still not full. For $25 I'd expect to get hearty portions of meat. Ordering 2 sandwiches without bread would offer more meat and is cheaper." [Facebook]
The Professional Critic News: Roll Call's Warren Rojas visited The Carving Room and says, "take the traditional Reuben (please!). The iconic nosh is treated with reverence, revealing warm, juicy corned beef, rimmed with hardened spices, all smothered in mellowing melted Swiss, creamy Russian dressing and tangy sauerkraut." [RC]
The Meat Cigars News: Thrillist focuses on one of The Carving Room's more unusual dishes. "
The brother/sister team in the kitchen spices things up with these cigars, which're stuffed with Moroccan ground beef, fried, and then inhaled." [Thrillist]
The Reasonable Prices News: Over on Don Rockwell, Adam23 has a good experience. "The smoked pork and roast beef were quite good. Both juicy, tender and full of flavor. The prices are reasonable in my opinion. Cup of soup was $5, salad was large and $8 and the carving board was $25 (though sandwiches are like $11 and under). Overall, enjoyable lunch and a good value at half the price of other delis in town (Stakowskis excluded)." [DR]
The Lots of Leftovers News: The blog One Girl Two Cities "enjoyed the Roast Beef on Weck with a side of pickled vegetables (all of their sammies come with this) and an order of their famous potato salad. Everything about this meal was delicious. There was also so much of it, that I was able to save half for a highly satisfying meal at home." [OGTC]
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