Rise and shine: Red Apron Butcher‘s sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich with maple butter awaits. The Penn Quarter location of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group sandwich/butchery/charcuterie shop and market opens today, with adjoining sister restaurant The Partisan to follow in a few weeks.
The main menu attractions are sandwiches made with tigelle, an Italian English muffin-like flatbread that’s pressed in a special iron to make it crispy on the outside. (Read all about tigelle in this previous post about Red Apron’s answer to the Egg McMuffin.) Favorites from Red Apron’s Union Market and Merrifield locations—like the porkstrami and muffuleta—are also at the new location for lunch. Red Apron chef Nate Anda says there will also be daily-changing sandwich specials. And if you need to grab something quick, ready-made cold cut and veggie sandwiches are also available.
Anda is also bringing back four hot dogs from his former hot dog cart, Frank, including the Penn Quarter Porker with a cheddar dog and bacon-braised onions as well as the Viet Franc with a spicy atomic dog and a “Viet slaw” with salted Thai chilis. Supplement the dog, or a burger, with beef fat fries.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac also has some creations of her own, including a lard scone and lard puff pastries. (“Lard’s actually better for you than butter,” says Anda.) Red Apron will also have a limited number of one kind of filled doughnut each morning plus a barista station serving Ceremony coffee.
The meat case will contain anywhere from 30 to 40 products made exclusively by Red Apron, including salami, ham, sausages, pâté, fresh cuts, and more. While lunch at Red Apron ends at 2:30 p.m., the butcher counter will stay open until 8 p.m. And when The Partisan opens in about three weeks, it will also serve as a charcuterie station, where guests will be able check-off which meats they want from a sushi-style menu.
Not eating in? Red Apron also has a market with olive oils, vinegars, sauces, stocks, and more. The offerings will eventually expand to include fresh and dried pasta that Red Apron makes in-house. Also expect prepared meals to bring home like a meatloaf lasagna or rotisserie chicken plus sides like olive oil mashed potatoes, brussels sprout cole slaw, and grain salads.
Take a look at the breakfast and lunch menus below:
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