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The Sandwich: Strip Steak Sandwich

Where: Pennsylvania 6, 1350 I St. NW

Price: $18

Bread: Hoagie roll

Stuffings: Skirt steak, broccolini, agrodolce onions, fontina cheese

Thickness: 4 inches

Pros: The warm, perfectly toasted roll envelops the ingredients in a soft pillow. Broccolini, a veggie not regularly found on sandwiches, provides a pleasant bitterness, while the tangy onions add sweetness—plus a hint of citrus—that cuts through the slightly dull steak.

Cons: Apart from being very under-salted, each slice of steak feels dry and crumbly. The piles of broccolini overwhelm the rest of the sandwich, and the tiny amount of fontina melted on top gets lost.

Sloppiness level (1 to 5): 2. In order to keep the entire sandwich together, it’s wise to bite off a few pieces of errant broccolini stems before digging in. Some steak will likely fall onto your plate, but because the hoagie roll is so large, that’s the most damage you’ll see.

Overall score (1 to 5): 2. With a price tag at nearly $20, you’d expect this sandwich to both taste great and keep you full. Consuming the entire sandwich will offset your hunger pangs for a few hours, but when the primary ingredient is poorly prepared, this sandwich doesn’t justify putting down an entire Jackson.

Photo by Caroline Jones