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A Dozen Takes on The Classic BLT Sandwich

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The BLT is an iconic sandwich. Though as with many icons, restaurants will seek to create variations. Many local restaurants have started to eschew ripe red tomatoes for tarter green ones — which often is both a better counterpoint to the fattiness of the bacon, and more available year round. Other variations are not in sandwich form, others use another form of pork belly, and some combine the BLT with another sandwich or serve it on less than typical bread.

Regardless of how it's delivered, the classic combination of pork, lettuce and tomato is a favorite at these places all over town.

Jamie Liu


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Thally

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1316 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-3849
The recently opened Thally has a refined take on the BLT with an open faced version on pain de mie. It's topped with avocado, bacon and an avocado vinaigrette.

2. Boundary Road Restaurant

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414 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002-4336
(202) 450-3265
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BLTs are on the menu at Boundary Road for lunch and brunch. Served on a rustic artisan loaf, the sandwich features (depending on availability) house-cured bacon, local lettuce and tomato from Mennonite farms, and a basil mayo.

3. Commissary

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1443 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 299-0018
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Rye bread and smoked salmon are what make Commissary's BLT unique. It also features house smoked bacon, thickly sliced with mixed greens.

4. Neopol Savory Smokery

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Neopol knows how to smoke meats, and wraps them all into its salmon BLT. The sandwich features the house smoked salmon with free range bacon and honey dijon dressing on sunflower flaxseed bread.

5. Breadsoda

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2233 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-7445
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Breadsoda serves one of the most traditional BLTs in town. Their BLT includes thick cut applewood smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce, and tomato on toasted sourdough. For something more indulgent, make it into a grilled cheese.

6. Ted's Bulletin

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505 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8337
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For a BLT burger, head to Ted's Bulletin for a burger topped with bacon, a fried green tomato, and tomato mayonnaise. All of this is set on a sesame seed bun.

7. Earl's Sandwiches

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2605 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 248-0150
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Many people are fans of the traditional sandwiches at Earl's Sandwiches. Their BLT is a classic served on grilled sourdough.

8. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612
Pearl Dive's seafood take on the BLT is a po boy. It's topped with fried catfish, a fried egg, and cult-favorite Benton's bacon.

9. The Getaway

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1400 Meridian Pl NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-1162
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For the most indulgent BLT, The Getaway allows substitutions of pork belly for bacon in its BLT, which also includes fried green tomato, goat cheese and avocado ranch on a brioche bun.

10. Lincoln

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1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 386-9200
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Lincoln features two different BLTs. One, served at dinner, is a fried green tomato BLT with bacon and tomato jams and pimento cheese. At lunch, find a blackened trout BLT with pickled red onion, green tomatoes, and peach tarragon aioli.

11. To Market To Market

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1615 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 822-5183
Everyone has a local sandwich/hot food bar spot near the office that they favor. To Market To Market is one of these places, serving the Market BLT that adds avocado slices and cheese for a satisfying BLT.

12. Woodward Table

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1426 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-5353
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Woodward Table serves a BLT in the form of a flatbread loaded up with bacon, cherry tomatoes, fresh ricotta, bibb lettuce and arugula.

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1. Thally

1316 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The recently opened Thally has a refined take on the BLT with an open faced version on pain de mie. It's topped with avocado, bacon and an avocado vinaigrette.
1316 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. Boundary Road Restaurant

414 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4336
BLTs are on the menu at Boundary Road for lunch and brunch. Served on a rustic artisan loaf, the sandwich features (depending on availability) house-cured bacon, local lettuce and tomato from Mennonite farms, and a basil mayo.
414 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002-4336

3. Commissary

1443 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Rye bread and smoked salmon are what make Commissary's BLT unique. It also features house smoked bacon, thickly sliced with mixed greens.
1443 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Neopol Savory Smokery

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Neopol knows how to smoke meats, and wraps them all into its salmon BLT. The sandwich features the house smoked salmon with free range bacon and honey dijon dressing on sunflower flaxseed bread.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

5. Breadsoda

2233 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Breadsoda serves one of the most traditional BLTs in town. Their BLT includes thick cut applewood smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce, and tomato on toasted sourdough. For something more indulgent, make it into a grilled cheese.
2233 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. Ted's Bulletin

505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
For a BLT burger, head to Ted's Bulletin for a burger topped with bacon, a fried green tomato, and tomato mayonnaise. All of this is set on a sesame seed bun.
505 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

7. Earl's Sandwiches

2605 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Many people are fans of the traditional sandwiches at Earl's Sandwiches. Their BLT is a classic served on grilled sourdough.
2605 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

8. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009-4307
Pearl Dive's seafood take on the BLT is a po boy. It's topped with fried catfish, a fried egg, and cult-favorite Benton's bacon.
1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307

9. The Getaway

1400 Meridian Pl NW, Washington, DC 20010
For the most indulgent BLT, The Getaway allows substitutions of pork belly for bacon in its BLT, which also includes fried green tomato, goat cheese and avocado ranch on a brioche bun.
1400 Meridian Pl NW
Washington, DC 20010

10. Lincoln

1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Lincoln features two different BLTs. One, served at dinner, is a fried green tomato BLT with bacon and tomato jams and pimento cheese. At lunch, find a blackened trout BLT with pickled red onion, green tomatoes, and peach tarragon aioli.
1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. To Market To Market

1615 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Everyone has a local sandwich/hot food bar spot near the office that they favor. To Market To Market is one of these places, serving the Market BLT that adds avocado slices and cheese for a satisfying BLT.
1615 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. Woodward Table

1426 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Woodward Table serves a BLT in the form of a flatbread loaded up with bacon, cherry tomatoes, fresh ricotta, bibb lettuce and arugula.
1426 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

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