Photos By Armando Gallardo, Words By Brandon Wetherbee
It’s not a deli. On Rye is a sandwich shop.
The clean, new sandwich shop will be a hit with Chinatown workers, Caps and Wizards fans and anyone that doesn’t want to wait for a table at Daikaya. D.C. doesn’t have enough Jewish delis and while this isn’t one, at least they’re serving classic and not-so-classic Jewish deli sandwiches.
It’s a good time for comfort food. On Rye is serving comfort food. And while they’re not advertised as a vegetarian fast casual spot, they have multiple vegetarian options that play on classic Jewish deli sandwiches.
The smoked beet reuben doesn’t hide that it’s vegetarian. Beets are not corned beef and never will be. Rather than try to mask the vegetable flavor, it highlights the flavors with gouda.
While On Rye is first and foremost a sandwich shop, but we’re most interested in the sides. The matzo ball soup was the best thing we sampled.
The potato and oven roasted veggie latkes paired with an egg cream is better than any combination you’re going to have before or after an event at Verizon Center. It’s easily shareable and something both familiar and out-of-the-ordinary for a quick downtown snack.