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18 Places for a Hot Pastrami Sandwich in D.C.

From a traditional style on rye to sandwiches with more unconventional toppings

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A hot pastrami sandwich from Wagshal’s.
| Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

The best pastrami sandwiches have a melt-in-the-mouth quality that can render most condiments obsolete. Although D.C. isn’t known for its delis, pastrami can still be found in a variety of shapes and sizes all over the metropolitan area.

There are the legacy operations that serve it sliced (Wagshal's, Deli City, and Loeb's) and new kids on the block with unorthodox toppings and spins on the deli meat. Take the pastrami tacos at Call Your Mother, for example, or the Reuben grilled cheese at TallBoy.

This hot pastrami map is meant to help satisfy cured meat cravings in D.C. and the surrounding suburbs.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1427
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This legendary Jewish deli packs in crowds and has a front sandwich counter that serves an 8-ounce hot pastrami sandwich for $8.95.

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2. Wagshal's Deli

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4855 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 363-5698
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Find sandwich salvation at Wagshal's Deli in upper Northwest. The deli counter is known for its pastrami sandwich and smoked brisket. The “super double” packs pastrami and corned beef into a triple decker. There's also a market area where customers can buy to-go cuts of pastrami. The Wagshal’s butcher shop is a few doors down.

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3. Call Your Mother Deli

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3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

There are many ways to sample hot pastrami at this toasty-hot bagel shop. The Greenberg ($15) is a half-pastrami, half-brisket sandwich served on a challah sub roll. There’s also pastrami fried rice and a “Jew-ish” taco with brisket, pastrami, cheese, jalapenos, cilantro, onion, and lime.

4. Casolare Ristorante + Bar

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2505 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-5400
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The weekend brunch at Casolare features a Roman Jewish menu that includes pastrami and jalapeno hash topped with a poached egg and creamy Hollandaise sauce for $15.

5. So's Your Mom

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1831 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-3666

This Adam's Morgan deli with a slightly offensive name serves one of the cheapest pastrami sandwiches in town for just $4.95.

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6. Deli City

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2200 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
(202) 526-1800

One of the best places in D.C. for hot pastrami is sandwiched between a Northeast strip club and a Metro bus depot on Bladensburg Road. Find a car, check the business hours, and bring cash only. It may sound difficult, but it's worth it for the pastrami.

7. Stachowski Market & Deli

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1425 28th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 506-3125
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Size really does matter at Stachowski. There's more than a pound of pastrami between two slices of rye. And, really it goes without saying — it takes a monster appetite to gobble down this $15.99 sandwich.

8. Harvey's Market

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-0400
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The butcher shop in Union Market sells steamed pastrami on rye with Dusseldorf mustard and a bag of chips for $12.

9. TallBoy Bar

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1239 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

At this reincarnation of the Smoked and Stacked sandwich shop, former partner Marjorie Meek-Bradley's pastrami lives on in a grilled cheese Reuben. Now that it’s a bar, the place serves several other grilled everal other grilled cheese sandwiches available until last call.

10. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Chef Adam Howard’s BDT Reuben is available on the lunch menu. It’s served in a traditional style and features beef sourced from Creekstone Farms in Kansas.

11. Bub and Pop's

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1815 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 457-1111
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The Hebrew Hammer is a popular sandwich with the Dupont Circle crowd. It’s piled high with pastrami, brisket, roast turkey, kosher salami, spicy mustard, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, and slaw.

12. Neopol Savory Smokery Georgetown

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3210 Grace St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 629-2932
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In its recently opened Georgetown store, the Baltimore-based smokery with a presence in Union Market has branched out from smoked salmon and started curing its own pastrami.

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13. Loeb's New York Deli

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1712 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 965-5632

To find true love at Loeb's order-up the Times Square. It's a pastrami sandwich that comes served with a fried egg, american cheese, steak, and Russian dressing on an onion roll.

14. Carving Room Kitchen & Bar

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300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 525-2116
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The Carving Room uses a nine-day dry curing method for its pastrami sandwich, which comes on rye with a slab of mustard for $14.

15. GW Delicatessen

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2133 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 331-9391

Hurry over to Foggy Bottom before the GW students crowd this beloved college deli. At GW Delicatessen the hot pastrami comes served at both breakfast and lunch, either on a bagel or sandwich.

16. Red Apron Butchery

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 524-5244
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Nathan Anda’s butcher shop takes pastrami seriously with two varieties — a wagyu beef and a “porkstrami.” The latter is topped with bacon-braised sauerkraut and mustard aioli.

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17. Chutzpah Real New York Deli

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12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 385-8883
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This Fairfax deli serves traditional pastrami sandwiches and monster combinations such as the "Fuggedaboudit,” which adds corned beef and chicken liver in the mix. Signage everywhere encourages customers not to embarrass themselves by asking for mayonnaise.

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18. Celebrity Delly

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7263A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 573-9002
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Hot pastrami makes its way into several pastrami sandwiches here, from the "New Yorker" to the "Mighty Milty." Find it in some combos, too.

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1. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This legendary Jewish deli packs in crowds and has a front sandwich counter that serves an 8-ounce hot pastrami sandwich for $8.95.

8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Wagshal's Deli

4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Wagshal’s pastrami Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Find sandwich salvation at Wagshal's Deli in upper Northwest. The deli counter is known for its pastrami sandwich and smoked brisket. The “super double” packs pastrami and corned beef into a triple decker. There's also a market area where customers can buy to-go cuts of pastrami. The Wagshal’s butcher shop is a few doors down.

4855 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

3. Call Your Mother Deli

3301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

There are many ways to sample hot pastrami at this toasty-hot bagel shop. The Greenberg ($15) is a half-pastrami, half-brisket sandwich served on a challah sub roll. There’s also pastrami fried rice and a “Jew-ish” taco with brisket, pastrami, cheese, jalapenos, cilantro, onion, and lime.

3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

4. Casolare Ristorante + Bar

2505 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

The weekend brunch at Casolare features a Roman Jewish menu that includes pastrami and jalapeno hash topped with a poached egg and creamy Hollandaise sauce for $15.

2505 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. So's Your Mom

1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

This Adam's Morgan deli with a slightly offensive name serves one of the cheapest pastrami sandwiches in town for just $4.95.

1831 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Deli City

2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, D.C. 20018

One of the best places in D.C. for hot pastrami is sandwiched between a Northeast strip club and a Metro bus depot on Bladensburg Road. Find a car, check the business hours, and bring cash only. It may sound difficult, but it's worth it for the pastrami.

2200 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, D.C. 20018

7. Stachowski Market & Deli

1425 28th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Size really does matter at Stachowski. There's more than a pound of pastrami between two slices of rye. And, really it goes without saying — it takes a monster appetite to gobble down this $15.99 sandwich.

1425 28th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

8. Harvey's Market

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The butcher shop in Union Market sells steamed pastrami on rye with Dusseldorf mustard and a bag of chips for $12.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. TallBoy Bar

1239 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

At this reincarnation of the Smoked and Stacked sandwich shop, former partner Marjorie Meek-Bradley's pastrami lives on in a grilled cheese Reuben. Now that it’s a bar, the place serves several other grilled everal other grilled cheese sandwiches available until last call.

1239 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Chef Adam Howard’s BDT Reuben is available on the lunch menu. It’s served in a traditional style and features beef sourced from Creekstone Farms in Kansas.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

11. Bub and Pop's

1815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Hebrew Hammer is a popular sandwich with the Dupont Circle crowd. It’s piled high with pastrami, brisket, roast turkey, kosher salami, spicy mustard, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, and slaw.

1815 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. Neopol Savory Smokery Georgetown

3210 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

In its recently opened Georgetown store, the Baltimore-based smokery with a presence in Union Market has branched out from smoked salmon and started curing its own pastrami.

3210 Grace St NW
Washington, DC 20007

13. Loeb's New York Deli

1712 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

To find true love at Loeb's order-up the Times Square. It's a pastrami sandwich that comes served with a fried egg, american cheese, steak, and Russian dressing on an onion roll.

1712 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

14. Carving Room Kitchen & Bar

300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Carving Room uses a nine-day dry curing method for its pastrami sandwich, which comes on rye with a slab of mustard for $14.

300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

15. GW Delicatessen

2133 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Hurry over to Foggy Bottom before the GW students crowd this beloved college deli. At GW Delicatessen the hot pastrami comes served at both breakfast and lunch, either on a bagel or sandwich.

2133 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

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16. Red Apron Butchery

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Nathan Anda’s butcher shop takes pastrami seriously with two varieties — a wagyu beef and a “porkstrami.” The latter is topped with bacon-braised sauerkraut and mustard aioli.

709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

17. Chutzpah Real New York Deli

12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr, Fairfax, VA 22033

This Fairfax deli serves traditional pastrami sandwiches and monster combinations such as the "Fuggedaboudit,” which adds corned beef and chicken liver in the mix. Signage everywhere encourages customers not to embarrass themselves by asking for mayonnaise.

12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr
Fairfax, VA 22033

18. Celebrity Delly

7263A Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Celebrity Delly [official]

Hot pastrami makes its way into several pastrami sandwiches here, from the "New Yorker" to the "Mighty Milty." Find it in some combos, too.

7263A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042

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