DGS Delicatessen‘s just-opened location in Fairfax’s Mosaic District serves pretty much the same menu as its Dupont Circle counterpart with pastrami sandwiches, smoked salmon platters, and chopped liver. But the decor takes a departure from the original with shiny red tufted booths, black-and-white photos, and a more traditional deli look.
“It’s just a lesson learned: I think the delicatessen has such a nostalgic feel and the more you can stir that, the better,” co-owner Nick Wiseman says. “When you walk into Mosaic, it’s transportive in that you feel like you could be in the grand old delicatessens in New York in the ’50s.”
Another lesson learned is how much people expect abundance and generosity at a delicatessen. That’s why no entree is over $20.
At the same time, the Jewish-style deli will continue with some untraditional fare. A new bar menu, set to roll out by the end of the month, will include more playful snacks like Reuben egg rolls, white fish croquettes, and brisket sliders. (The full menu is also available at the bar.)
The new place has a much bigger bar with 20 seats. Partner Brian Zipin is behind the beverage offerings, which include a similar selection of craft beers, classic and original cocktails, plus an expanded wine list—don’t think Manischewitz—with no bottle more than $50. For non-alcoholic drinkers, the bar offers its own housemade soda that may include flavors like strawberry-rhubarb and peach-vanilla.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with brunch coming in a few weeks.
DGS Delicatessen, 2985 District Ave., Suite 115, Fairfax, Va.; (703) 280-1111; dgsdelicatessen.com
Photo by Darrow Montgomery