I know most restaurants do not like to be a one-trick pony, but more often than not, we are enchanted with only one or two dishes on a restaurant's menu. We blindly order the same dish every single time like a familiar, comfy blanket to snuggle up with. Rarely do we love (almost) everything on the menu, and that is why DGS Delicatessen is such a refreshing addition to the DC food landscape.
Jeanne, who didn't accompany me to DGS, but went there, not once, but twice, with her family, for Sunday brunch, was cooing over it. "We LOVED this place, Shulie. Thank you so much for the recommendation. The matzo ball soup and latkes were absolutely the best I've ever had, and I am as Jewish as a Chinese girl gets!!"
As die hard NYC's Katz's Deli fans, it was risky to take a chance on DGS' pastrami on rye. Boy did they reinvent the pastrami and put their own spin on it. As long as it is equally as good, even if different, I can live with that. I thought the atypical thicker slices would turn me off, but nothing about the way I was inhaling the peppery crusted cuts, gave any indication of that. It's a gigantic sandwich so I shared the other half with Jonathan. He ordered pastrami hash. It was brunch time. The fresh rye bread is toasted at the edges. Really brilliant flavor and texture.
The next time we went, I asked for the leaner pastrami cut. Jonathan ordered the corned beef which was equally as good. The pickles aren't overpowering. Great, mild accompaniment to any of the main dishes. On that second venture out to DGS, it was dinner time. Jonathan ordered a charred Ras El Hanout cauliflower side. We both loved the smokiness from the North African, Ras El Hanout, spices, according to the waitress, mixed in house.
The one item on the dessert menu that everyone is ogling, and Jonathan couldn't put the dessert fork down, is the chocolate babka bread pudding. I could do without. Go figure! I can see you shaking your head in complete disapproval.:)
Meanwhile, I haven't even touched the sleek exterior and casual chic interior. In all honesty, I can't wait to go back.
1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW
(one block south of Dupont Circle)
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