I have been driving past Stachowski’s on my way from Georgetown to points east in the city for a while now. Every time I’d drive past, I’d make a mental note that I needed to go there for lunch and then promptly forget that mental note. I finally added it to my list and when more than one of my coworkers mentioned it, we made it happen. Now that the terrible, cold winter is finally letting up, the several block walk from our office to the deli was actually do-able.
My reaction to Stachowski’s was “this is totally cute, look at all the things to buy!” and then “holy meat counter.” My two co-workers and I bounced from place to place just seeing everything there was to see. It’s not big, this didn’t take very long. There are all sorts of DC and local treats and products available to purchase, as well as a meat counter and charcuterie.
One co-worker grabbed a couple of pickles out of the pickle barrel and ordered the pastrami sandwich. My other co-worker and I had discussed splitting the 4 Meat grinder, but both decided to get our own just in case splitting one wasn’t enough food. Well. That fear was unfounded. All 3 of us could have split one and still had food left over. It was basically an entire loaf of bread loaded with 4 meats, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, hot peppers, and vinaigrette. And it was delicious. The fresh-baked bread was just soft, but crispy enough. The vinaigrette and hot peppers were excellent. I only managed to eat about a quarter of the sandwich and had plenty leftover for both me and the lady to have dinner. Four sandwiches for about $13 is an awesome deal. Next time I order that, I’m splitting it with multiple people.
There is only one table in the window of the shop, and luckily we were able to find 3 seats and hang out for a bit. The shop has a very mom and pop, charming feel to it. The walk to and from the lower part of Georgetown was nice as well. We took our time and discussed which houses we’d own if we had way more money than we currently make. It was a perfect Friday lunch break.
- Favorite thing I had: Well, I only had enough room for a portion of the grinder. But it was a perfect Italian-style sandwich. My co-worker said it was exactly the kind of sandwich she’s been looking for for a long time.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The turkey club sounded really great. And maybe also isn’t the size of a toddler. They had some really tasty looking baked goods too.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): It’s definitely in the lunch rotation. Probably sometime within the next couple of weeks.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): It’s a little isolated, up in the residential area of Georgetown. If it’s a really nice day, you could get a sandwich and walk back down to Georgetown Waterfront Park. You could split the grinder into several parts, share some with the hungry along the way, and still have plenty to eat.