Second stop by Stachowski’s, very much tempted by the pastrami sandwich, but thinking I needed to spread my wings and start going through the rest of the menu. The meatball sub momentarily distracted me and seemed like a real contender, but I already knew I wanted the Italian Grinder. I remember as a kid being up in New Hampshire one summer and had an Italian Grinder with lightly toasted bread and lots of lettuce, tomatoes, deli meats, it was delicious, I’ve yet to find a grinder that has matched that memory. Granted the memory probably has something to do with being a kid and having a sandwich by a lake in the summer, so to some degree what I’m looking for is the nostalgia of a place and time that’s impossible to replicate. Regardless, when I see an Italian Grinder on a menu I kind of have to order it.
Once again, Stachowski’s did not disappoint, awesome sandwich in every way – excellent balance of meats to salad, too much meat gets too greasy, too much salad gets too soggy. The oil and vinegar dressing they serve on the side, nothing special, but adds a good amount of garlicky flavor, salt and pepper. It’s not exactly the same sandwich that I remember from New Hampshire, but pretty darn close.
Have definitely found my sandwich haven in DC. Will probably keep updating here as I go through the rest of the menu items.