Best Sandwich Places in Washington, DC

Visitors staying in Washington might be surprised to hear that the nation’s capital has a number of very good sandwich places. The variety of offerings are nowhere near the likes of Philadelphia or New York for that matter, but these three, small, family-run shops definitely rank among the best Washington DC sandwich places. If you’re looking for a quick place to grab a bite after perusing the monuments and memorials around the National Mall, stop by one of these eateries and satisfy your grumbling stomach.

Best Washington DC Sandwich Places


Best Washington DC Sandwich Places, SUNdeVICH Kingston Footlong
SUNdeVICH Kingston Footlong

The newest joint on this list is SUNdeVICH, a small sandwich shop located in the budding neighborhood of Shaw. Once a garage, this sandwich place prides itself with featuring a menu with worldly flavors. Everything you’ll get here is freshly made and prepped the same day with ingredients coming from local suppliers. Try the Kingston, made with jerk chicken, pineapple salsa, greens, spicy slaw and mayonnaise, or another local favorite, Buenos Aires. This one is made with thinly-slice steak, chimichurri, and sautéed onions.

Bub and Pop’s

Best Washington DC Sandwich Places, Bub and Pop's Half Roast Pork Sandwich
Bub and Pop’s Half Roast Pork Sandwich

The next one on this list of best sandwich places in Washington, DC was featured by Guy Fieri in his popular show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. But even before the show put it on the spotlight, the locally ran Bub and Pops was already a popular lunch stop for many Washingtonians. Located near Dupont Circle, this eatery offers a variety of hoagies that patrons can order in half or full sizes. The most popular one is Bub’s Italian Hoagie, made with all your favorite Italian deli slices, plus fresh Roma tomatoes, and their signature relish. It’s sprinkled with freshly grated pecorino cheese and drizzled with their house made vinaigrette. Come early for lunch to beat the crowd and ensure that you have all the sandwich options on the menu available still, because make no mistake…they do run out.

The Italian Store

Best Washington DC Sandwich Places, The Capri at the Italian Store
The Capri at the Italian Store

It is technically not in the confines of the District; but for the purpose of this list of best Washington DC sandwich places; I will say that it is. For the simple reason that every sandwich here is worth the trek across the Potomac River to Arlington, Virginia. I’m referring to the Italian Store of course, whose made to order sandwiches are every bit worth the extra Uber dollars you’ll spend (unfortunately it’s not Metro friendly). Indulge on the Capri, made with prosciutto, Genoa salami, provolone, and spiced capacola ham. If you want something spicier, try the Napoli, which has pepperoni, lean capacola ham, and mozzarella cheese. Make sure you request a generous dose of their homemade olive spread, and have your sandwich toasted.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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