Where To Get the Best Sandwiches in DC: 8 Must Try Spots in the District

Who’s ready to read about 8 must try sandwich spots in the district?  For those of you looking for the best handhelds in DC, you definitely want to bookmark and save this post.  Whether you’re in the mood for a tasty egg sammie or a delish pita sangwich, we gotchu fam.

1. Your Only Friend

If you haven’t tried Your Only Friend yet, what are you even doing with your life?  They’re easily one of the best sandwich shops in the country – always delicious, always creative.  We’ve tried most of their menu, and it’s honestly banger after banger!

your only friend sandwich

They have one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in the area – thank the gods for their Hot Nugget – but they’re also famous for their Ham Jam, Ribwich, and Chicky Pep.  Head over stat to get your paws on some yourself, and let us know what your favorite was by leaving a comment below.


sundevich sandwich

This sandwich joint has a special place in our hearts.  Their ingredients are made fresh and served on French style demi-baguettes that are baked daily by a local bakery.  Think crusty, chewy bread that’s only made more delicious with their fun flavor combinations.  They have a fairly large menu so if you’re looking for recs, we gotchu Nomsters.  Here are our top 3 go-tos:

  • Capri:  fresh  mozzarella, basil, tomato, pesto, balsamic reduction
  • Memphis:  BBQ chicken, sharp cheddar, red onion, pickles, iceberg, mayo
  • Rome:  mortadella, salalmi, ham, sharp provolone, red onion, tomato, greens, garlic mayo and dressing
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3.  Grazie Grazie

grazie grazie sandwiches

We’d LOVE the Wharf if it wasn’t for parking, but noms like Grazie Grazie make it worthwhile.  Enjoy an order of Casey’s risotto balls before scarfing down a hearty sub.  Our go-tos include the Russoniello, Nonna, Benny and Minelli.   Prefer something lighter?  They also offer salads for those of you looking to keep things a bit healthier.

4.  Bubbie’s Plant Burgers

Whether you’re vegan or not, Bubbie’s is definitely worth a trip.  Founded by the dream team behind Pow Pow, this concept is a sandwich lover’s dream come true.  They carry impossible meat, but their house made protein’s where it’s at!

bubbie's sandwiches

We highly recommend their fried plant-based chick’n – you can’t go wrong with either their Nashville HOT or Buffalo fried options so go wild.  And make sure you get an order of their onion rings or parmesan garlic herb fries!

5.  I Egg You

This kind of EGG-cellence is hard to come by!  Cheesy pun aside, I Egg You is everything you’ve ever wanted and then some.  Located at ChiKo Cap Hill, they’re open on weekends from 8AM-1PM via contactless pickup/delivery.  Expect to enjoy some of the best egg sammies you’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring.

i egg you dc

We have a weak spot for their Original Egg, but their most popular sammie seems to be “Pork, It’s What’s For Breakfast.”  You have the option of adding toppings like avo and tomato, but what’s REALLY bussin’ is their aioli and candied jalapeños – that’s a MUST regardless of what you get.  Don’t sleep on the breakfast potatoes either!

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Located in the heart of Navy Yard, this “cafe” by chef Michael Rafidi is an absolute gem.  Fusing French techniques with Middle Eastern flavors, this spot has everything from sweet and savory pastries to hearty pita sandwiches.

yellow pita sandwiches

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8AM-2PM, there are four different handhelds to choose from:  coal-fired chicken, crispy falafel, smoked lamb leg and smash kefta burger.  Get an order of their batata-tots, and definitely don’t leave without a specialty coffee drink in hand.

7.  Vace Italian Deli 

There’s a reason why this hole-in-the-wall gem has been around for as long as it has.  This unassuming deli in Cleveland Park is a must try staple in the DC area.  They’re known for their subs and pizza, but they also offer frozen foods, fresh pastas, dry goods and more.

vace italian deli

Our usual order’s their prosciutto sub – you can get it on Italian or focaccia, but go EARLY because they often sell out of the latter.  They have over 20+ meats to choose from, and they’re generous with portions so you’ll more than likely have enough food for two meals.

8.  Compliments Only Subs

Compliments and sandwiches – what more could you ask more?  Located on 14th street, this gem’s the brainchild of Pete Sitcov and Emily Cipes.  All their handhelds are served on a 10″ Italian roll, but you can sub gluten free bread for a small upcharge.  You also have the option of getting any sammie on a bed of shredduce.

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compliments only sub

They have an impressive menu with all kinds of fun combinations, but our go-tos are the Crunchy Boi and The Frex.  The former’s apparently their bestseller, and after experiencing it firsthand, it’s not hard to see why.  It’s made with turkey, provolone, potato chips (!!!!!!!!), garlic mayo, pickles, onion, shredduce, oil & vinegar.   The flavors work so damn well together, and the texture game is off the charts.  If you’re craving a bomb turkey sub, this is a must try, no ifs, ands or buts.

The Frex is a new addition to COS, and it’s jam-packed with everything good in life:  ham, capicola, pepperoni, genoa, prosciutto, fresh mozz, hot peppers, onion, arugula, oil, oregano, and lots of balsamic.  If you’re in the mood for all the cold cuts, treat yourself to this masterpiece because you deserve to eat everything scrumptious. And pro tip, don’t sleep on the French onion dip!

french onion dip

Alright Nomsters, we hope you enjoyed reading about the best sandwiches in DC.  Looking for more delish eats in the area?  Check out our DC tab, and stay tuned for more content coming your way soon.


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