The Sandwich: Chicken Schnitzel
Where: DGS Delicatessen, 1317 Connecticut Ave. NW
Stuffings: Breaded chicken cutlet, bread and butter pickles, butter lettuce, dill mayo
Bread: Potato roll
Thickness: 3 inches
Pros: A lot of lunch spots sell fried chicken sandwiches, but DGS’ offering stands out thanks to its crispy, salty crust. Using dark meat as opposed to white meat gives the cutlet an even richer poultry taste, further distinguishing it from its counterparts. The dill mayo imparts just enough herbal flavor to contrast the salty chicken without oozing out of the bun.
Cons: In this sandwich, a big leaf of butter lettuce from the outside of the head feels a little leathery and masks the sourness of the small and mellow pickles, which deserve more attention. A few smaller leaves of butter lettuce and more acidity would improve an already good sandwich.
Sloppiness level (1 to 5): 1. DGS wisely designed these sandwiches for carry-out, so aside from a few crumbs, you won’t encounter any mess. It’s the perfect sandwich for eating at your desk or taking on a picnic.
Overall score (1 to 5): 4. It’s not the weirdest or most exciting sandwich around, but the special touches added to this simple offering make it something you’ll want to eat again and again.