You already know I went to Breadline once before.  I felt like going again to try their Oyster Po Boy sandwich since I heard so much about it. 

As you can see from the photo, the sandwich was very creamy.  I hate mayo, so for me, it was too much remoulade sauce.  The good stuff in the sandwich was the freshly fried oysters and the little heat (spice).

Overall, I wouldn’t order it again because of the remoulade sauce, but if you like mayo, you’ll love it.

Breadline Oyster Po Boy


  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Address: 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-822-8900

My friend suggested I try out this place for lunch one day and also was kind enough to go with me on my first visit. 

  • Food:He recommended Panini D’Amour which comes with turkey, pesto mayo (except I asked for no sauce), red onions, artichokes, provolone, and avocado.  As you can see in the photo, it was cheesy!  It was crispy and I loved the addition of the avacado in the sandwich.  It also had a subtle garlic taste which didn’t overwhelm the senses (thankfully).   

Dickey's Turkey D'Amor

  • Service: They are polite and quite efficient.  You can get in and out in 15 minutes.
  • Atmosphere: Inside it’s very small, but they have a few stool seats available, but it’s definitely more of a “grab-and-go” place.
  • Attire:Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: I have never tried their custard (only offer chocolate or vanilla) but I am looking forward to trying their low-fat versions.  Regardless, the sandwich was really good and quite filling.  I’d definitely stop back here for the panini! 


  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM-5 PM
  • Address: 1710 I Street NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-861-0669

When my best friend from college came into town, she mentioned there was a kosher deli in Dupont.  I, of course, was intrigued and was looking forward to trying it out.  Unfortunately, we had just eaten breakfast so I wasn’t ready to order anything else.  Instead, I went with a friend for lunch a few weeks later.

  • Food: I don’t know about you, but to me — pastrami or corned beef were the two sandwiches I was looking forward to trying.  I kept waffling and finally ordered the pastrami which was a great sandwich.  It came with chips and a pickle.  I think it might have been a homemade pickle because it had a distinct, yet salty and sweet yummy flavor.  While the sandwich wasn’t as big as I thought it was going to be (like you get in NY), there was still enough for 4 sandwiches! 

Eli's Pastrami on Rye 

I’ve since gone back and gotten their Reuben.  Pretty good stuff and there was “cheese” (it’s a Kosher restaurant so it wasn’t real).  Still though, nothing like So’s Your Mom Reuben.  I think I’m no longer ordering Reubens unless I’m at SYM. 

Eli's Reuben

  • Service: We ordered to go, but they were nice. 
  • Atmosphere: The interior reminds me a bit of Cheers, but with more sunlight.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: I think it’s a great sandwich place and would absolutely go again.


  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 AM-9 PM; Friday 11 AM-2:30 PM
  • Address: 1253 20th Street NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-785-4314

After hearing so many great things about Breadline, I had never gone to try it — until recently.

  • Food:The “must try” dishes at Breadline, it seemed like to me, were the French Madrange Ham Sandwich and the fries.  So I ordered both of them.  On the counter where you order was a big bowl of mustard & horseradish mix (homemade perhaps?) and I grabbed a glob to put on my sandwich — such a good idea because it was a great addition!  Wrapped in butcher paper, the baguette was HUGE.  The bread was extremely crusty on the outside while not overpowering the flavor of the ham and cheese.  For a few brief moments, I felt like I was sitting in France…and then I snapped back into reality with the fries.  Double-fried, to me, means that they would be crispy.  Instead, they were pretty greasy and so soggy.  To say they were a disappointment is an understatement.  I would definitely skip the fries.  Oh, and in case you’re thinking I went at a weird time (which I am known to do), I went at 12 noon on the dot. 

Breadline French Madrange Ham Sandwich  Breadline Fries

  • Service: My lunch partner and I commented that it felt like the Soup Nazi, but that the staff were nicer.  There’s definitely a process and if you don’t know it, you’ll feel a little frazzled.  When you walk in, you’ll see two lines.  The one on the left is for salads while the one on the right is for sandwiches and soups.  Then the counter (with the mustard/horseradish mix) where you’ll pick up your food.  There are three checkouts — two next to the counter and there’s one by the beverage cooler (a little hidden). 
  • Atmosphere:With high ceilings and 3,500 sq feet of space, this place is big.  They have some seating in the back of the restaurant where you can grab your order, your laptop (free wi-fi), and get some work done.  Their bread offerings look really good too and I bet when they’re baking, the aroma is amazing.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:Loved the sandwich, but skip the fries.  My lunch partner ordered the black bean quesadilla.  She said it was flaky and delicious.  I’m looking forward to coming back and trying other items.  Their Thursday Cuban Sandwich and Oyster Po’ Boy both sound really good.


  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Address: 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-822-8900

I had only been there for bagels (not sure where they get them from) because they are quite tasty.  I hadn’t tried their sandwiches, until recently.   And check it out — I took photos of their menu! 

So's Your Mom Menu  So's Your Mom Menu  So's Your Mom Menu  So's Your Mom Menu  So's Your Mom Menu

  • Food: While they offer 66+ different sandwiches, it’s the one that isn’t on their menu that I tried — the Reuben.  While I have no idea why it isn’t on their menu, they make it and oh so well.  The Reuben is on light rye which was perfect because the bread wasn’t overpowering but one can still taste the rye goodness.   When you’re eating the sandwich, there’s no dripping of sauerkraut, dressing, etc.  How did they do that?  With the light rye taste and no dripping, this is definitely one of the best Reuben sandwiches.  

So's Your Mom  So's Your Mom Reuben 

And after hearing so much about their breakfast, I ordered an egg and cheese sandwich on a toasted sesame bagel.  There was a lot of eggs on the sandwich!  I did love the bagel and will definitely order those by the dozen…oh, with smoked salmon, red onion, capers, and shmear…forget it…

So's Your Mom Egg and Cheese on Sesame Bagel

I also recently ordered a corn beef sandwich with dijon mustard on rye.  Delicious.  So’s Your Mom rules.

So's Your Mom Corn Beef  So's Your Mom Corn Beef

  • Service: They’re very polite and fast.  So if you’re in a rush but want a good sandwich, go here.
  • Atmosphere: There are no tables, so you’ll have to grab your sandwich and eat it somewhere else. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: The Washington Post says that they have “simple, old-fashioned sandwiches,” and it is true.  Their ingredients are fresh and have great pairings (#1 most popular sandwich is their turkey, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on sourdough).  I’m looking forward to going back and trying their other sandwiches.  BTW, make sure to bring cash because they don’t accept credit cards or checks.  Of course, there’s the Bank of America ATMs right next door too.


  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM-8 PM; Sat 8 AM-7PM; Sun 8 AM-3 PM
  • Address: 1831 Columbia Rd NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-464-3666

Firehook Bakery has 11 locations in the DC and VA area.  They’re best known for their baked goods, but they also offer sandwiches, soups, etc.  I have eaten many baguettes from Firehook — they’re a perfect combination of crusty and chewy.  With a hunk of brie cheese and prosciutto?  Forget it!  So tasty!

  • Food:In the mood to grab something quickly and after hearing about their fantastic ciabatta bread, I felt the need to go and try out their sandwiches myself.  I thought you’d order at the counter, but then realized when I walked in that the sandwiches were all pre-made.  I’m not a fan of pre-made sandwiches…and I was reminded why when I ate mine.   First, my side.  I picked-up their lemon orzo salad with cucumber, feta cheese, red and yellow peppers, basil, and lemon vinaigrette.  I thought it had a light yet decent flavor (though didn’t really taste any lemon and needed a little salt).  Oh, you’ll also see in the photo that there was only one red pepper and no yellow ones.  On to the sandwich.  I thought their other sandwiches looked good, but they were on plain bread (not homemade) and since I wanted to try their own homemade ciabatta — the Portobello mushroom, arugula, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese on Firehook’s ciabatta bread was my only choice.  I love goat cheese, but there was way too much on the sandwich.  The worst offense?  The bread was soggy.   And I went early (around 11ish) so that sandwich couldn’t have been sitting around that long!  

Firehook Orzo  Firehook Sandwich

  • Service: You grab your food and then pay at the counter.
  • Atmosphere: They usually have a couple of tables and chairs at their locations.  It’s very casual.
  • Attire: Casual 
  • Price: $
  • Overall:Skip the sandwiches and go for the baked goods.  It makes me nervous to try any of their other sandwiches, although they did look good.  I wonder why all their sandwiches aren’t made on their homemade bread?  I think the side was good though. 


  • Hours: Varies by location
  • Address: To find out the location by you, click here.

Similar to Capitol Ground, City Place Café has been a good addition to the Golden Triangle area. They offer good, fresh food at a reasonable price. While it is busy during the lunch hour, you can usually get in and out in 10 -15 minutes.

  • Food: When I went, for some strange reason, I decided to order their special. It was grilled salmon on sourdough baguette with lettuce, tomato, and vinaigrette. I couldn’t help but think of Anthony Bourdain’s “don’t eat fish on Mondays because it’s probably fish from Friday,” even though it was a Tuesday. I feel like he also said to not order fish when it’s the special – something about how it was old and they couldn’t sell it the previous day. In this case, it could have been possible – or the person who cooked the salmon didn’t realize that salmon cooks quickly. It had a nice lemon flavor and the baguette itself was soft inside with a crispy outside, but the salmon was definitely dry. Had it not been for the vinaigrette, it would have been really bad. Regardless, it was fine and it was filling. But, definitely recommend next time staying away from the fish. I’d stick to the turkey, chicken, salad, soups, etc. Those are safe and quite good.

** Update 2/24/08 — I went again recently and tried their LA Wrap.  My new favorite sandwich!  Unlike a lot of places, they don’t use mayo for their tuna sandwich.  I couldn’t help but feel healthy when I was done!**

City Place Cafe LA Wrap

City Place Cafe 


  • Service: The folks who own this restaurant are very nice. You order quickly and pay just as fast. It’s a great “quick” stop.
  • Atmosphere: They have a few tables inside and out. I think inside is too loud with all the folks who are waiting for their lunch so if it’s nice, I’d go and sit alfresco. I think most people who come to this place are just “grabbing and going” back to their offices.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: I like it.  It’s a perfect quick lunch stop.  But don’t get the salmon.   If you want to see their menu, it can be found here: Menu Page 1 and Menu Page 2


  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM-4 PM
  • Address: 1101 17th Street NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-466-4665

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