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Celebrate the Summer Tomato with These Standout BLTs

Most people love bacon, but the tomato is the important part

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A BLT may be one of summer's simplest pleasures. The stars of this sandwich shine on their own, but in tandem, they're taken to the next level. Juicy tomatoes, crispy bacon, and crunchy lettuce come together to form the perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Each summer, DC chefs find a way to make this trio even harder to resist. Many enhance the key flavors of the sandwich with interesting sauces or toppings, like lemon-dill aioli, tzatziki, or guacamole. Some substitute or complement bacon with other proteins, including soft-shell crab, pâté, tasso, and even vegetarian options like tempeh or mushrooms. Others skip the bread altogether and create a deconstructed version of the classic sandwich. But mostly, the secret to a great BLT is to put it on the menu when tomatoes are at their best.

During the height of tomato season, here are some mouthwatering creations inspired by the trifecta of bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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The Bayou BLT ($8) gives a little extra TLC to the T. It features oven-cured tomatoes, Benton’s bacon, baby arugula, and mayo, sandwiched between two slices of Texas toast.

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2. Beuchert's Saloon

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623 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 733-1384
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Beuchert’s Saloon puts a French spin on their BLT. The PBLT ($15) comes on grilled sourdough with pâté, Benton’s bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and sauce ravigote.

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3. BLT Steak DC

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1625 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Even though the steakhouse isn’t named for the sandwich (BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, after the chef and restaurateur), it does offer a take on the BLT. Their BLTDC ($12) is a panini-style sandwich filled with bacon, cress, tomato “vinaigrette” dijonnaise, and Colby cheese.

4. Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen

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3128 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

Brookland’s Finest caters to veg-lovers with their Fried Green Tomato “B”LT ($14). The B stands for braised portobello mushroom, which is topped with spinach, fried green tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and sweet onion aioli, all stacked on brioche.

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5. Buffalo & Bergen

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-2549
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Buffalo & Bergen’s towering BLT bagel sandwich doesn’t play games. The “Hey Y’all…It’s a BLT” ($9.75) has pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar.

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6. Equinox

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 331-8118
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Basically the epitome of summer, Equinox serves a Crispy Eastern Shore Soft Shell Crab BLT ($16 or $31). The crab is accompanied by crispy pork belly, braised romaine, and tomato coulis.

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7. Homestead

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3911 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 627-2371
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Smoking Goose in Indianapolis makes a lamb bacon just for Homestead. It’s featured in the LBLT Sliders ($9), which come with lamb bacon, baby iceberg lettuce, smoked tomato jam, pickled red onions, and tzatziki sauce.

8. Jackson 20

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480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 842-2790
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Jackson 20’s BLT follows one of the golden rules of cooking: put an egg on it. The BELT ($14) includes bacon, over easy eggs, lettuce, and fried green tomatoes. It’s served on brioche with hash browns during weekend brunch.

9. Little Red Fox

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5035 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 248-6346
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Bacon, arugula, tomato, avocado, smoked garlic aioli and provolone make up this sandwich served on ciabatta ($9.50). Order it "extra fancy' and end up with a fried egg on top.

10. Mason Social

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728 N Henry St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-8800
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Instead of bacon, Mason Social uses house-cured tasso ham for their BLT ($9). The sandwich comes on sturdy Texas toast with tasso, tomato, lettuce, and garlic aioli.

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11. Neopol Savory Smokery

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-1864
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Showcasing their house-smoked meats, Neopol’s Salmon BLT ($9.95) stars smoked salmon and bacon. It also comes with tomato, greens, red onion, and a lemon-dill aioli on a choice of toasted white, rye, sunflower-flax, gluten-free bread.

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12. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1427
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Guacamole gives the California BLT a bit of west-coast attitude. It’s also stuffed with bacon, melted cheddar, lettuce and sliced tomato ($8.25).

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13. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612

Of course, Pearl Dive puts a seafood spin on the BLT with their CEBLT Po-Boy: fried catfish, an egg, Benton’s bacon, lettuce, and tomato. ($17)

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14. So's Your Mom

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

For a no-nonsense sandwich that’s easy on the wallet, try So’s Your Mom’s toasted whole wheat BLT with mayo. ($4.50)

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15. Sticky Fingers Bakery

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1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 299-9700
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Plant-based Sticky Fingers stays true to form with a vegan take on the BLT. Their TLT ($10) includes house-made tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, and egg-free mayonnaise on multi-grain bread.

16. Straw Stick & Brick Deli

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5111 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 726-0102
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When a place makes its own bacon, odds are the BLT might be a good one. Here, for $10, get one on brioche with just enough mayo.

17. Teddy & The Bully Bar

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 872-8700
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Teddy and the Bully Bar’s BLGT ($17) features basil bacon, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, greens, and honey mayo.

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1. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
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The Bayou BLT ($8) gives a little extra TLC to the T. It features oven-cured tomatoes, Benton’s bacon, baby arugula, and mayo, sandwiched between two slices of Texas toast.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

2. Beuchert's Saloon

623 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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Beuchert’s Saloon puts a French spin on their BLT. The PBLT ($15) comes on grilled sourdough with pâté, Benton’s bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and sauce ravigote.

623 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. BLT Steak DC

1625 I Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Even though the steakhouse isn’t named for the sandwich (BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, after the chef and restaurateur), it does offer a take on the BLT. Their BLTDC ($12) is a panini-style sandwich filled with bacon, cress, tomato “vinaigrette” dijonnaise, and Colby cheese.

1625 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

4. Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen

3128 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
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Brookland’s Finest caters to veg-lovers with their Fried Green Tomato “B”LT ($14). The B stands for braised portobello mushroom, which is topped with spinach, fried green tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and sweet onion aioli, all stacked on brioche.

3128 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

5. Buffalo & Bergen

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
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Buffalo & Bergen’s towering BLT bagel sandwich doesn’t play games. The “Hey Y’all…It’s a BLT” ($9.75) has pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

6. Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Official

Basically the epitome of summer, Equinox serves a Crispy Eastern Shore Soft Shell Crab BLT ($16 or $31). The crab is accompanied by crispy pork belly, braised romaine, and tomato coulis.

818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

7. Homestead

3911 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

Smoking Goose in Indianapolis makes a lamb bacon just for Homestead. It’s featured in the LBLT Sliders ($9), which come with lamb bacon, baby iceberg lettuce, smoked tomato jam, pickled red onions, and tzatziki sauce.

3911 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

8. Jackson 20

480 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Jackson 20’s BLT follows one of the golden rules of cooking: put an egg on it. The BELT ($14) includes bacon, over easy eggs, lettuce, and fried green tomatoes. It’s served on brioche with hash browns during weekend brunch.

480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

9. Little Red Fox

5035 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Bacon, arugula, tomato, avocado, smoked garlic aioli and provolone make up this sandwich served on ciabatta ($9.50). Order it "extra fancy' and end up with a fried egg on top.

5035 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

10. Mason Social

728 N Henry St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Instead of bacon, Mason Social uses house-cured tasso ham for their BLT ($9). The sandwich comes on sturdy Texas toast with tasso, tomato, lettuce, and garlic aioli.

728 N Henry St
Alexandria, VA 22314

11. Neopol Savory Smokery

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Official

Showcasing their house-smoked meats, Neopol’s Salmon BLT ($9.95) stars smoked salmon and bacon. It also comes with tomato, greens, red onion, and a lemon-dill aioli on a choice of toasted white, rye, sunflower-flax, gluten-free bread.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

12. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Guacamole gives the California BLT a bit of west-coast attitude. It’s also stuffed with bacon, melted cheddar, lettuce and sliced tomato ($8.25).

8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910

13. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
Official

Of course, Pearl Dive puts a seafood spin on the BLT with their CEBLT Po-Boy: fried catfish, an egg, Benton’s bacon, lettuce, and tomato. ($17)

1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

14. So's Your Mom

1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Mary Kay S./Yelp]

For a no-nonsense sandwich that’s easy on the wallet, try So’s Your Mom’s toasted whole wheat BLT with mayo. ($4.50)

1831 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

15. Sticky Fingers Bakery

1370 Park Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Plant-based Sticky Fingers stays true to form with a vegan take on the BLT. Their TLT ($10) includes house-made tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, and egg-free mayonnaise on multi-grain bread.

1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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16. Straw Stick & Brick Deli

5111 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

When a place makes its own bacon, odds are the BLT might be a good one. Here, for $10, get one on brioche with just enough mayo.

5111 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

17. Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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Teddy and the Bully Bar’s BLGT ($17) features basil bacon, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, greens, and honey mayo.

1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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