A few weeks ago we told you about Seasonal Pantry. If you don’t have the money to drop on a few courses at their supper party, you can still get a taste of the Ali Bagheri and Daniel O’Brien brand. Just around the corner from Seasonal Pantry, in a garage off 1314 9th Street NW is the SUNdeVICH sandwich shop.
The shop features eleven sandwiches with Mediterranean and Persian flavors, including three vegetarian options. The best-selling sandwich is the Beirut, a hefty serving of skirt steak, hummus, brined vegetables and fresh herbs on a baguette.
During my visit to SUNdeVICH, I tried the Isfahan, a soufflé of spinach, mushroom, walnut and barberry — a sandwich with a surprisingly salty kick. All of the sandwiches at SUNdeVICH are served on baguettes, which have received some fair criticism on Yelp. When I tried the sandwich, my baguette was appropriately chewy, if not a little bland.
Bagheri has launched an interesting series of sides, which include homemade hummus, cold lentil salad and a curry potato salad. You can also try their spicy slaw or tzatiki with a baguette. Most 10-inch sandwiches range between $9 and $11, and most sides are around $3.50.
The appeal of SUNdeVICH is not only its accomplished chefs, but also the pure intrigue of a hidden restaurant in the heart of Shaw. The interior is sparse, but well-lit and welcoming. This is not a coffeeshop, you won’t find any Wi-Fi here, but it’s a good place to find a decent sandwich.