The Mr. Chips at Dirty South Deli
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Dirty South Deli makes a chopped pork so juicy and flavorful that if it were served between two slices of bread without toppings, I’d probably still have to consider it among D.C.’s best sandwiches. But when that addictive meat is topped with bright ingredients like citrus mayo, cilantro, and pickled jalapeños, the combination of spicy, sour, and tangy flavors leaves a lingering taste on your tongue. Pillowy brioche softly cradles the ingredients in this messy concoction that’s so soft, it falls apart once you bite into it. Add a melted slice of nutty manchego cheese to this creation and you’re likely going to start making noises that aren’t always heard in the white marble museum mezzanine where Dirty South Deli has set up shop.