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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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Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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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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Wagshal's Deli

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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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Call Your Mother Deli

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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.

Casolare Ristorante + Bar

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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.

So's Your Mom

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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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Deli City

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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.

Stachowski Market & Deli

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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.

Harvey's Market

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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.

TallBoy Bar

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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.

Blue Duck Tavern

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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.

Bub and Pop's

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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.

Neopol Savory Smokery Georgetown

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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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Loeb's New York Deli

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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.

Carving Room Kitchen & Bar

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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.

GW Delicatessen

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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.

Red Apron Butchery

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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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Chutzpah Real New York Deli

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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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Celebrity Delly

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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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Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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

View this post on Instagram

Pastrami and Corned Beef

A post shared by Stephen Kaiser (@kaiser.222) on

Wagshal's Deli

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.

Wagshal’s pastrami Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Call Your Mother Deli

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.

Casolare Ristorante + Bar

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.

So's Your Mom

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

View this post on Instagram

Monday, let's get this bread.

A post shared by 730dc (@730dc) on

Deli City

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.

Stachowski Market & Deli

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.

Harvey's Market

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

TallBoy Bar

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.

Blue Duck Tavern

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.

Bub and Pop's

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.

Neopol Savory Smokery Georgetown

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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.

Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Loeb's New York Deli

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.

Carving Room Kitchen & Bar

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.

GW Delicatessen

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.

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Red Apron Butchery

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.

View this post on Instagram

☝️this is what your lunch should look like

A post shared by Red Apron Butcher (@redapronbutcher) on

Chutzpah Real New York Deli

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.

View this post on Instagram

✡️

A post shared by Jason W (@jrwamp) on

Celebrity Delly

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.

Celebrity Delly [official]

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