I’ve raved before—most recently, just a month ago—about Duke’s Grocery, the East London-inspired Dupont Circle restaurant that serves the best sandwiches, aka “sarnies,” in Washington. I just learned this week that Alex McCoy, one of the Duke’s co-founders and original chefs, is a contestant on this summer’s Food Network Star, a reality show that selects one of the competitors to have a shot at getting a program on the Food Network. You can watch episodes of Food Network Star on Sunday nights. The first episode is also streaming on the linked web site.
I’m not a big fan of the Food Network. After all, these are the people who unleashed the appalling Guy Fieri on a helpless nation. And that’s not the worst thing they’ve ever done.
No, wait. Yes it is.
Anyhow, I wish Alex McCoy well. In his honour, I had lunch at Duke’s this afternoon.
This is a variation on a Vietnamese classic sandwich. It’s made with marinated catfish, cucumber, green chili, “five spice water” (I have no idea), pickle daikon, and lots of coriander. It was good, and different, but it wasn’t one of my favorites, like the Lamb Kofta, the incredible Munchen Brötchen, or the justly famous Proper Burger, all pictured below. Click to embiggen.