DGS Delicatessen – Dupont Circle

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The first time I ever walked past DGS, I looked into the window and saw a large group of college-aged friends enjoying a meal together. The guy at the head of the table noticed that my gaze was on their food so he pointed to his corned beef sandwich, gave it a thumbs up and made a beckoning motion towards me, letting me know that the food was good.

I didn’t have to stop in then, but when my aunt was in town, I took her to DGS to see if this approving customer was correct with his assessment.

Located barely a block away from Dupont Circle, DGS is a sit-down version of a classic deli. The “modern Jewish cookery” features dishes like pastrami sandwiches and matzo ball soup in a modern yet homey venue.

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I went on a Sunday when they were serving “brunch.” Their brunch menu is basically a condensed version of their everyday menu with some egg dishes. I didn’t know they were serving brunch so I ended up choosing less brunchy and more lunchy menu items.

House Salad

House Salad

My aunt and I started with the House SaladΒ ($8). It came with chickpeas, carrots, wheat berries and caraway vin on mixed greens. The salad was very fresh and each bite had new flavor and texture. The carrots were prepared in a way that reminded me of sweet potatoes; I liked the sweetness they added to the salad.

Corned Beef Sandwich

Corned Beef Sandwich

Next I had the Corned Beef Sandwich($13), which was served with their house mustard on double baked rye and with a pickle. The sandwich was tasty, but I was expecting it to be much bigger and the meat to be less lean (I had a gargantuan corned beef sandwich at a cheap diner in MontrΓ©al, so this was my point of comparison). The seeds on the crust of the bread kind of ruined the flavor of the meat for me, but the crust-less middle areas were good.

Patatas Bravas a la Judea

Patatas Bravas a la Judea

Since the sandwiches don’t really come with a side (which kind of bothered me because it cost enough for there to be one), my aunt and I shared the Patatas Bravas a la Judea ($5). They were home fries covered with sour cream and Harissa, which is a hot chili sauce. I really liked how the sour cream cooled the spiciness of the red sauce. The potatoes would have been bland without the toppings.

Teiglach

Teiglach

For dessert, I wanted to try GBD doughnuts, which had supposedly opened next door. It was closed, but fortunately for us, we got a doughnut dessert at DGS. We ordered the Teiglach ($7), Hungarian doughnuts with hazelnut brittle. They were like beignets – puffy, fried balls of dough – drizzled with honey and topped with toffeed sliced hazelnuts. The teiglach were served served hot and fresh in a cast iron skillet. I thought the doughnuts were missing something though, like a creamy center or dipping sauce. They were too plain.

Despite the seemingly small portions at DGS, I was full pretty quickly. I wasn’t too impressed with the food I ordered (namely the sandwich), but I’d go back and try something else off the menu like the matzo ball soup or the bread pudding.

INFORMATION:

DGS Delicatessen

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closest metro stop: Dupont Circle (red line)

Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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