Neighborhood: Three locations: Bethesda, Glover Park/Palisades, and Foggy Bottom/K Street
This entry describes two different visits to the two of the different Jetties locations, both for quick grab-and-go lunches.
Both locations share similar vibes, that of a cleaned up surf shack but adapted to their surroundings: the Palisades location, tucked away in the sleepy suburbs, has a definite family bent, looking much like a sandy restaurant in a Jersey shore beach town; while the Foggy Bottom location, a former Juice Zone next to a Baja Fresh is more suited to the office lunch crowd, with the polish of a Santa Monica walk-in. Still, the look is the same: some nice use of honey-colored wood, chalkboard menus, a sandwich shop counter set-up.
On trip one, I had the Smith Point, a roast beef and havarti sandwich with red onion, tomato, and horseradish sour cream on pumpernickel. The sandwich had a lot to live up to: I love basically every ingredient in this sandwich, and I long ago realized how delicious roast beef and horseradish are, from my own days working in a deli. Still, the sandwich lived up well to those expectations, a solid bite, though one that could have used a bit more horseradish and havarti in my estimation.
On trip two, I switched it up with the Surfside, a roast turkey and havarti sandwich with bacon, avocado, and whole grain mustard on sourdough. Much like the Smith Point, the emphasis here is on the meat, with gargantuan amounts of meat compared to all of the other accoutrements. The bacon darts up from time to time, as bacon is wont to do, but you get way more of the mild slick turkey than you do of anything else.
Solid sandwiches that at the least, hit you with quantity, and decent bang-for-your-buck.
Food Rating: ** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 2 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $ (out of 5) (less than $25 for two)
Pairing: Those bikes are heavy as hell, but grab some Capital Bikeshare and ride along the Capital Crescent Trail, the scenic tour along the banks of the Potomac.