Washington Metro Jewish-Style Delis 1

With so much beautiful lawn in the public parts of DC, having picnics is a wonderful choice, for most of the year. And, this strategy saves money as DC’s restaurants are often pricey. Save on one meal so you can indulge in another!

You can also plan to get picnic supplies for a day trip out to Virginia Hunt Country. A drive will be about 45 – 60 minutes out to Middleburg, where a lot of old Virginia elite and famous people live.

So, the Jewish-Style Delis come to the rescue along with any other ethnic ones you fancy. Everyone has their favorites, and actually this is quite personal. Your score and choice of foods or expectation of “service” may vary, but these delis are usually thought as the best! They are not in ranking order.

The vast majority of these are NOT a strictly Kosher deli!

Loeb’s NY Deli, Washington DC
around I & 17th (re-opening any day!)
(This is a few blocks further away than their longtime location, just NE of the White House)
(202) 371-1150

People agree that this long-time Washington institution has the Best Chopped Liver. They also have bagels and egg at breakfast. And people feel the food is well-done, generally. But, after being closed for so long during the relocation, the new incarnation will have to earn its own points. However, it’s still the oldest Jewish Deli still in central Washington, DC.
Parkway Deli
8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This is in a suburb with a concentration of Jewish families. Read my previous post about Parkway Deli.

Note: The Montgomery County Ride-On bus J2 – (from Silver Spring metro) stops in front of Parkway. It’s a hilly walk. The deli is 3 blocks over the DC line. SO, You walk through the deli/retail area if you want to have a sit-down meal. Their dining room is a time-warp. It can’t have been updated in at least the past 30 years.

You can probably take about 4 trips to the pickle bar before a meal arrives, if it is busy. They even offer a triple meat sandwich:tongue, pastrami and chopped liver — which you usually can only get if you go to a Jewish Grandma’s kitchen, otherwise! This deli is a rare glimpse of Jewish America that is usually not seen outside of New York City, anymore.
Ize’s Deli serves all-day breakfast. Authentic NY-style bagels, baked in house. At least 100 items available for breakfast and lunch. Nice neighborhood vibe and it’s much better than just a strip-mall cafe.

Ize’s Deli
across from the White Flint Metro station.
11622 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-0771
wheelchair accessible
good for kids, moderate to inexpensive prices
takes credit cards
Ize’s Deli coupons

Bagel City is a 5 minute walk south from the Twinbrook Metro station. They make their bagels and bialys the traditional way, boiled first, and then baked. That should satisfy anyone. Toppings may or may not be traditional. Be sure to have the lox and bagel (with belly lox — the original kind of lox, which is hard to find these days). They’ve been in business a long time and they know how it’s done! Tends to be slow-service if it’s really busy, but the food is worth the wait. They have some delicious rugelach for dessert.

12119 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-8080
Mon-Fri 7 am – 6 pm
Sat 8 am – 6 pm
Sun 9 am – 5 pm
parking lot available
If you are headed north from DC, if it’s anywhere close to being on the way, then decide if you want to try this one in Potomac, a wealthy suburb. Brooklyn’s new location is a mixed -bag. Many used to say the defunct Rockville branch was the best deli the Metro area. Times change.

Guy Brandt, at Brooklyn’s, makes his own corned beef and that’s a must! Very few do this these days. This is NOT a kosher deli.

He’s audacious enough to call a sandwich with bacon a “Cohen Club” (the Cohanim are the genealogical descents of Aaron, Moses’ older brother, and are thereby members of the priesthood by birth), so the name is a travesty. But, most people are not going to know that, as Jewish Deli food is a national cuisine and many non-Jews love this food, bastardized as it has become. This deli has all your favorites and then some, along with a kid’s menu.

Brooklyn Deli
1089 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 340-3354
Brooklyn’s is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. But this new location is getting mixed reviews, and it’s expensive in the restaurant part. The Rockville location has closed.
More delis in the Washington DC Metro — soon.

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