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And Now, D.C.'s Iconic Sandwiches Revealed

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Iconic sandwiches are being celebrated across the Eater universe today. These are the sandwiches that draw D.C.'s most devoted followings — the sandwiches also often receive critical praise as well. Eater has decided to forego hot dogs and hamburgers for this particular roundup (sorry, half-smoke) to focus on these 20 favorites, from grilled cheese to Italian hoagies. There's also an emphasis on sandwiches which have stood the test of time — it's easy to see some of the city's great newcomers attaining iconic status in the years to come. These choices are listed in no particular order. Share your favorites, as well as any icons we may have missed, in the comments below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Wagshal's Deli

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4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 363-5698
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The sandwich: Brisket
Considered by some to be the best sandwich in the city, this butcher shop is the place to go for brisket in the District.

2. Jetties

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1609 Foxhall Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-3663
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The sandwich: The Nobadeer
The rapidly-expanding, surf-themed Jetties boasts among its choices The Nobadeer, a beloved combo of roasted turkey and stuffing with cranberry sauce and mayonnaise on sourdough.

3. Fast Gourmet

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1400 W St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 448-9217
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The sandwich: The Chivito
Fans flock to The Chivito, a combination of tenderloin, mozzarella, black forest ham, bacon, green olives, hard boiled eggs, escabeche and lettuce, tomato and onion on a soft roll. The original owners are doing a new spin on the classic at their recently-opened TakEatEasy.

4. Taylor Gourmet

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1116 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 684-7001
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The sandwich: The Pattison Avenue
Though several sandwiches at Taylor (multiple locations) have a following, the Pattison Ave. remains the chain's most iconic, featuring roast pork, broccoli rabe and provolone — it's a classic Philly sandwich.

5. Stoney's Restaurant

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1433 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 234-1818
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The sandwich: Super Grilled CheeseIt's hard to mention the restaurant "Stoney's" without the words "grilled cheese" being used in the same sentence.

6. ChurchKey

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1337 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576
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The sandwich: The LutherThis gloriously gluttonous sandwich of fried chicken and bacon on a brioche doughnut with maple-chicken jus and candied pecans is only available in limited quantities.

7. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

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3103 Graham Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 205-9300

The sandwich: Banh Mi #1 Combination
The area's most devoted banh mi connoisseurs are usually divided between this Falls Church destination and Eden Center's Son Que: this cheap combination of meats and pate stands out among the options.

8. Stachowski's Deli

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1421 37th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20007
(202) 506-3125
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The sandwich: Pastrami
A relative newcomer on this iconic sandwich list, Stachowski's pastrami distinguished itself before the city's recent pastrami boom.

9. The Italian Store

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3123 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-6266
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The sandwich: The Capri
Arlington residents wait in epic lines for a sandwich here, one of the first places in the area to offer classic Italian cold cuts. Prosciutto, capicola, provolone and salami top this sandwich.

10. Red Hook Lobster Pound DC

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Washington, DC 20002
(202) 341-6263
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The sandwich: Lobster Roll
Red Hook, a transplant from New York, was the city's first food truck considered to be a food destination. The lobster rolls from this truck, which always draws a line at lunchtime, are available Connecticut or Maine style.

11. Mangialardo & Sons

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1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-6212
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The sandwich: The G-Man
The G-Man, which is a combination of cold cuts, stands out among this institution's Italian offerings.

12. SUNdeVICH

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1314 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 319-1086
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The sandwich: Breakfast Sandwiches
Sundevich's breakfast sandwiches, available in choices like the Milan and the Zurich, are available all day long.

13. Breadline

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1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-8900
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The sandwich: Prosciutto di Parma on walnut bread with fig jam, mascarpone & gorgonzola cheese
Though Breadline doesn't draw the rabid following that it used to, this sandwich still has its loyal fans.

14. Lost Dog Cafe

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5876 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 237-1552
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The sandwich: The Phoenix
It's hard to choose among the dozens of sandwich options at Lost Dog (multiple locations) but this sandwich featuring baked chicken breast with mozzarella cheese, lettuce and garlic mayonnaise on a pita, is a standout.

15. Standard

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1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

The sandwich: Pulled Pork
Logan Circle residents and others wait breathlessly for the seasonal Standard to open each year, so they can grab a taste of their acclaimed barbecue.

16. Amsterdam Falafelshop

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2425 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-1969
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The sandwich: Falafel
This is the #1 late night choice among, well, those D.C. drinkers who are not indulging in Jumbo Slice.

17. Horace & Dickie's Seafood

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809 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-6040
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The sandwich: Jumbo Fish Sandwich
Admittedly the bread is almost a side dish for the fried fish sandwich here, but this is a classic D.C. destination.

18. A. Litteri, Inc.

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517 Morse St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-0184
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The sandwich: Classic Italian Sub
This is one of D.C.'s no-frills options for Italian subs.

19. Wisemiller's Grocery & Deli

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1236 36th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8254

The sandwich: Chicken Madness
This chicken sandwich, accented with bacon and peppers, has a loyal following in Georgetown.

20. La Caraquena

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300 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 533-0076
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The sandwich: JP's Favorite
This take on an arepa, a South American sandwich, features steak and peppers among its ingredients.

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1. Wagshal's Deli

4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

The sandwich: Brisket
Considered by some to be the best sandwich in the city, this butcher shop is the place to go for brisket in the District.

4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

2. Jetties

1609 Foxhall Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007

The sandwich: The Nobadeer
The rapidly-expanding, surf-themed Jetties boasts among its choices The Nobadeer, a beloved combo of roasted turkey and stuffing with cranberry sauce and mayonnaise on sourdough.

1609 Foxhall Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007

3. Fast Gourmet

1400 W St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The sandwich: The Chivito
Fans flock to The Chivito, a combination of tenderloin, mozzarella, black forest ham, bacon, green olives, hard boiled eggs, escabeche and lettuce, tomato and onion on a soft roll. The original owners are doing a new spin on the classic at their recently-opened TakEatEasy.

1400 W St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Taylor Gourmet

1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The sandwich: The Pattison Avenue
Though several sandwiches at Taylor (multiple locations) have a following, the Pattison Ave. remains the chain's most iconic, featuring roast pork, broccoli rabe and provolone — it's a classic Philly sandwich.

1116 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

5. Stoney's Restaurant

1433 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The sandwich: Super Grilled CheeseIt's hard to mention the restaurant "Stoney's" without the words "grilled cheese" being used in the same sentence.

1433 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. ChurchKey

1337 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

The sandwich: The LutherThis gloriously gluttonous sandwich of fried chicken and bacon on a brioche doughnut with maple-chicken jus and candied pecans is only available in limited quantities.

1337 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

7. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

3103 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

The sandwich: Banh Mi #1 Combination
The area's most devoted banh mi connoisseurs are usually divided between this Falls Church destination and Eden Center's Son Que: this cheap combination of meats and pate stands out among the options.

3103 Graham Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

8. Stachowski's Deli

1421 37th St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20007

The sandwich: Pastrami
A relative newcomer on this iconic sandwich list, Stachowski's pastrami distinguished itself before the city's recent pastrami boom.

1421 37th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20007

9. The Italian Store

3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

The sandwich: The Capri
Arlington residents wait in epic lines for a sandwich here, one of the first places in the area to offer classic Italian cold cuts. Prosciutto, capicola, provolone and salami top this sandwich.

3123 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22201

10. Red Hook Lobster Pound DC

Moving Target, Washington, DC 20002

The sandwich: Lobster Roll
Red Hook, a transplant from New York, was the city's first food truck considered to be a food destination. The lobster rolls from this truck, which always draws a line at lunchtime, are available Connecticut or Maine style.

Moving Target
Washington, DC 20002

11. Mangialardo & Sons

1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

The sandwich: The G-Man
The G-Man, which is a combination of cold cuts, stands out among this institution's Italian offerings.

1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

12. SUNdeVICH

1314 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The sandwich: Breakfast Sandwiches
Sundevich's breakfast sandwiches, available in choices like the Milan and the Zurich, are available all day long.

1314 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Breadline

1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

The sandwich: Prosciutto di Parma on walnut bread with fig jam, mascarpone & gorgonzola cheese
Though Breadline doesn't draw the rabid following that it used to, this sandwich still has its loyal fans.

1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006

14. Lost Dog Cafe

5876 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

The sandwich: The Phoenix
It's hard to choose among the dozens of sandwich options at Lost Dog (multiple locations) but this sandwich featuring baked chicken breast with mozzarella cheese, lettuce and garlic mayonnaise on a pita, is a standout.

5876 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205

15. Standard

1801 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The sandwich: Pulled Pork
Logan Circle residents and others wait breathlessly for the seasonal Standard to open each year, so they can grab a taste of their acclaimed barbecue.

1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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16. Amsterdam Falafelshop

2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The sandwich: Falafel
This is the #1 late night choice among, well, those D.C. drinkers who are not indulging in Jumbo Slice.

2425 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

17. Horace & Dickie's Seafood

809 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The sandwich: Jumbo Fish Sandwich
Admittedly the bread is almost a side dish for the fried fish sandwich here, but this is a classic D.C. destination.

809 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

18. A. Litteri, Inc.

517 Morse St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The sandwich: Classic Italian Sub
This is one of D.C.'s no-frills options for Italian subs.

517 Morse St NE
Washington, DC 20002

19. Wisemiller's Grocery & Deli

1236 36th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

The sandwich: Chicken Madness
This chicken sandwich, accented with bacon and peppers, has a loyal following in Georgetown.

1236 36th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

20. La Caraquena

300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

The sandwich: JP's Favorite
This take on an arepa, a South American sandwich, features steak and peppers among its ingredients.

300 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

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