A Sandwich A Day: Cubano from the Fast Gourmet Gas Station in D.C.

A Sandwich a Day

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This isn't the first time we've featured a sandwich from D.C.'s favorite gas station-cum-late night sandwich oasis, Fast Gourmet, and for good reason. The Chivito, as we discussed here, is one of the marquee sandwiches and a massive concoction of beef, ham, bacon, and a hard boiled egg, but it's not the only sandwich of note on the menu. The Cubano ($8.50) is definitely worthy of stomach space the next time you're out on U Street.

Made with pork butt, Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, kosher pickles, mustard, and pressed between Cuban bread, the Cubano is just as meaty and filling as the Chivito. The pork butt is deliciously fatty and smoky, while thick slices of ham add some extra heft. The pickles add a bit of crunch and the cheese and mustard nicely balance the mountain of pork. The Cuban bread is pressed thin, but is substantially bread-y and develops a satisfyingly crisp outer layer and grill marks from the press. The end result is a sandwich that's packed so densely that each bite is a concentrated blast of pork and cheese. It makes a great lunch, but a fantastically greasy alcohol sponge if you've just been bar hopping nearby. Oh, and it comes with fries.

Fast Gourmet is coming up on its second year anniversary, so there's no better time to check out it's killer gas station sandwiches. It's open until 5:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday so you might want to just go ahead and take a Sharpie and write "Deliver to Fast Gourmet" on your forearm before you go out.

Fast Gourmet 1400 W St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 (map) 202-448-9217; www.fast-gourmet.com