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.Read More
And Now, D.C.'s Iconic Sandwiches Revealed
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sandwich: Super Grilled CheeseIt's hard to mention the restaurant "Stoney's" without the words "grilled cheese" being used in the same sentence.
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.
Banh Mi DC Sandwich
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.
The sandwich: Pastrami
A relative newcomer on this iconic sandwich list, Stachowski's pastrami distinguished itself before the city's recent pastrami boom.
The Italian Store
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.
Red Hook Lobster Pound DC
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.
Mangialardo & Sons
The sandwich: The G-Man
The G-Man, which is a combination of cold cuts, stands out among this institution's Italian offerings.
The sandwich: Breakfast Sandwiches
Sundevich's breakfast sandwiches, available in choices like the Milan and the Zurich, are available all day long.
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.
Lost Dog Cafe
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.
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.
The sandwich: Falafel
This is the #1 late night choice among, well, those D.C. drinkers who are not indulging in Jumbo Slice.
Horace & Dickie's Seafood
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.
A. Litteri, Inc.
The sandwich: Classic Italian Sub
This is one of D.C.'s no-frills options for Italian subs.
Wisemiller's Grocery & Deli
The sandwich: Chicken Madness
This chicken sandwich, accented with bacon and peppers, has a loyal following in Georgetown.
The sandwich: JP's Favorite
This take on an arepa, a South American sandwich, features steak and peppers among its ingredients.