We’ve been in DC for about 6 months now. Once we had made the decision to move and we had rented our house in DC, I spent many early mornings trying to find what would become our neighborhood restaurants and in particular if there was a good deli in walking distance from our new house. From all of my googling and talking to people and friends who either were current or past residents of DC the name Stachowski’s continually came up for having the best pastrami sandwich around. As a native NYer, we need good delis wherever we go and a lack thereof in any city is a serious ding against it. I have been walking by Stachowski’s almost every day to drop our daughter off at her playgroup. I’ve been chomping at the bit to stop in, but usually making my way back by 9:30am my mindset isn’t quite yet focused on lunch. Finally, I stopped by, the gravitational pull of the pastrami could no longer be resisted. I did manage to have the will power to wait until about 11:30 before I dug in. At first glance I was a little skeptical, thick sliced pastrami is not the norm, I’m used to the thin cut NY style, but the bread looked good, the extra slice on the bottom was a nice touch and the mustard was the right color. It looked and smelled delicious. First bite, fell in love. Seriously. Nothing beats a NY deli pastrami sandwich, but if there was ever a contender, anywhere, this is it. Hat’s off to Jamie for making one of the best pastrami sandwiches I’ve had, period.
To put the photo in context, that’s a 15 inch MacBook, considering the thickness of the sandwich, it’s about the same size.