Fast Gourmet at Lowest Best Price gas, web site, 1400 W Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-448-9217 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | Washingtonian | City Paper | Don Rockwell | Yelp]
Yes, Uruguayan in a gas station. Furthermore they have the best sandwich I’ve eaten in the Washington area, ever. Get the chivito. Wikipedia defines it thus: “Chivito is the name of a sandwich-style national dish in Uruguay, and consists primarily of a thin slice of filet mignon (churrasco beef), with mayonnaise, black or green olives, mozzarella, tomatoes and commonly also bacon, fried or hardboiled eggs and ham. It is served in a bun, often with a side of French fries.” It’s not actually goat as the name would suggest.
The empanadas I thought were quite authentic, everything else looked good. It’s a fun place to sit, and it actually has a very nice interior. For hangout value I give it at least a nine out of ten. It’s not super cheap for a sandwich ($13 for the chivito) but a unique experience with quality at every step.
The chivito rocks, it rolls, it rips, dips, and flips. It’s a singularly awesome sandwich experience that must be tasted to be appreciated (seriously – everyone is like, ‘yeah whatever’ until they try it, and then it’s … ‘man, this is the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten!’). I want one now.
I would also add that splitting a sandwich and a side or two is a perfectly viable option, if the price of the sandwich turns you off.
I would also recommend highly, though I found the fries that accompany the chivito to be a bit meh.
I also wonder about the parking etiquette at this place. It’s not always easy to find nearby parking. I wonder if the best way to ‘park’ would be to buy gas and leave the car in the gas station lot?