Tim Ebner
Tim Ebner

The Dish: America Eats Tavern’s Pork Belly and Egg Sandwich

Where To Get It: 3139 M St. NW

Price: $12

What It Is: Is there ever a wrong time for an egg sandwich? José Andrés doesn’t seem to think so. At America Eats Tavern in Georgetown, his egg sandwich is on the menu for lunch and dinner, and soon it will be available for brunch, which debuts this month. The sandwich comes stacked high with smoked-flavors and juiciness, containing barbecue-style pork belly, a thick-cut beefsteak tomato slice, melted cheddar, caramelized onions, and a sunny-side-up egg.

How It Tastes: What sets this sandwich apart is the smoked pork. It takes two days to prepare, says Chef Claudio Foschi. “We cure the bacon, then we carefully smoke it over cherry wood,” he says. “It comes out perfectly tender with a smokiness that’s spiced ever so slightly.” The sandwich also delivers on the hallmarks of a classic American egg sandwich: greasy, salty, and packed with plenty of protein and melted cheese.

Why It Helps: For decades, we relied on the puny and pathetic Egg McMuffin sandwich to cure hangovers all across this great country. But thankfully, D.C. has Andrés—a patriot who dares to make this country greater by building an egg sandwich twice the size of that provided by the Golden Arches. Like Lady Liberty herself, Andrés’ sandwich stands tall, a beacon of hope to America’s tired, huddled, and hungover masses. Take one bite of this sandwich, and we dare you not to shout: U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!