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Fast Gourmet

Fast Gourmet

(Now Closed)
Sandwich Spot$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Giant, delicious, gut bomb sandwiches. Open until 5am on Friday and Saturday nights, so definitely remember to swing by after your U St. bar crawl.
  • Dane R.
    Dane RayMarch 5, 2014
    Great food. Dirty tables & floors (including restrooms) Which gives reason to doubt how true the former statement is . . . ijs # yuck FYI: I begged for a towel, cleaned wiped off my own table
  • Anna J.heart icon on user image
    Anna JohnOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the sweet potato fries. Don't hesitate. They're delicious, esp if you get them to go and like me, you have Chipotle Mayo in your fridge. Crispy, slightly sweet and relatively wholesome. Om nom nom
  • Rev C.heart icon on user image
    Rev CiancioJuly 1, 2012
    Not only is the food amazing and original, they have the cleanest, nicest, most fancy gas station bathroom of all times. You'll feel like you're in a bathroom at a club in Vegas.
  • Anna J.heart icon on user image
    Anna JohnSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    WRT the Greek Salad-- get it. It usually comes with dolmades, an enormous amount of feta and a beautifully balanced mix of peppers, onions, olives, mixed greens et al. It may seem $$ but it's massive.
  • Burger Days
    Burger DaysJanuary 17, 2012
    Skip the burger and get the Chivito. Or the Cuban. Or the fish sandwich. Or chili dogs. Massive portions and cheap. Pretty much the whole menu is awesome. If they served beer, we'd never leave. Read more
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BJanuary 27, 2015
    Chivito sandwich with eggplant fries. So, so good! I have to stop by every time I'm in town.
  • Anna J.heart icon on user image
    Anna JohnJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This is now my fave falafel in town. Uniquely spiced (cumin?) and utterly delicious. Their chocolate ganache cake shames "fine dining" desserts. My bf loved the meatball sub. This place is legit!
  • megan d.
    megan dunnJune 4, 2013
    Ask for fried egg instead of the hard boiled. Cubano rocks and the portobello mushroom is a great option for the vegetarians out there!
  • Meredith C.heart icon on user image
    Meredith CaskeyJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cubano, steak and cheese, beer battered eggplant, and plantains. Amazing. Couldn't take a picture because we didn't want to wait to eat it.
  • Andy D.
    Andy DiazAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sandwich place in the city. Try the chivito. The Cuban is also very good.
  • Venu
    VenuSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone rightfully loves the chivito but the Argentina favorite, the milanesa, is also a win.
  • Armand M.
    Armand MignotMay 12, 2013
    Seems like a hidden GEM at a gas station but locals fill the place up! They have legit Latin American food! Tasty and not pricey.
  • LaLa B.heart icon on user image
    LaLa BNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Late night it's all about the Corn Empanada it rocks and if you have to beg for it it's worth it!!!!!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the eggplant fries and the sandwiches are awesome. It's open late and it's the best place in a gas station you can find.
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsNovember 21, 2013
    No question about it, get the Chivito, you won't be disappointed!
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer ParkerSeptember 28, 2011
    Seriously Austin 'esq feel. A food placc attached to a gas station. Cuban with a flair. Very cool vibe and good food. Holy cow good!
  • Justin S.
    Justin SchuckOctober 25, 2011
    Amazing gem, with well designed interior hidden behind the facade of an ugly gas station. Definitely get the Cuban. It never disappoints.
  • Korey K.heart icon on user image
    Korey KSeptember 1, 2013
    Chivito and Cubano is good. Service is fast if you don't come at 2-3am with the rest of the U street mob.
  • Marc Kevin H.
    Marc Kevin HallFebruary 12, 2013
    The Cuba not sandwich is excellent! There's plenty for lunch and an afternoon snack, too.
  • Su H.
    Su HallenbeckJuly 6, 2011
    Fantastic rotisserie chicken. Love the lemongrass coleslaw and Russian potato salad. Service was good and food was worth a brief wait.
  • John L.
    John L.December 4, 2012
    The pulled pork sandwich is fantastic! Just be prepared to use a spoon as it has a tendency to fall apart.
  • Anna P.heart icon on user image
    Anna PlatisApril 3, 2013
    The lamb wrap with a side of beer battered eggplant will change your life!!!
  • Johan
    JohanNovember 2, 2014
    Good veggie mushroom panini and a delightful selection of sodas
  • Matt B.heart icon on user image
    Matt BernsteinFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved the chivito and eggplant fries. Can't wait to try more!
  • Simon O.
    Simon OwensJune 29, 2013
    The chivito is amazing . The Cuban is pretty good. The eggplant fries are great
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RogersDecember 22, 2014
    Cannot recommend the chivito enough. Easily the most positive sandwich experience I've ever had.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MurphyNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food at a reasonable but not cheap price. Eating falafel from a gas station sounds bad but it's delicious.
  • JP F.
    JP FreireJanuary 17, 2012
    The chivito is great but even the less expensive options like the steak and cheese or the meatball sub are good.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BJuly 8, 2014
    Good and quick sandwiches. Steak and cheese was really tasty.
  • Celia A.
    Celia A.March 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Def not fast... But it is good. Try the steak sandwich with the eggplant fries
  • LaLa B.heart icon on user image
    LaLa BApril 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You have to try the Corn empanadas they will blow your mind! Best in the city
  • Andreas T.
    Andreas TMay 7, 2013
    Interesting place. Attached to a gas station!!! Good food, but have another change of clothes ... it seems that their vents are not working that well.
  • Anna J.heart icon on user image
    Anna JohnOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Didn't eat my Greek Salad last night and felt bad about tossing it, so I took it to work, since dressing was on the side. Was a bit wilted, but wow. Who else can make a salad that's good the next day?
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    ** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011 ("A delicious departure from the usual pit stops lined with Slim Jims and Gatorade," writes Tom.)
  • Key R.heart icon on user image
    Key RozzMay 9, 2016
    Salads, the wraps and the fries
  • John W.
    John WOctober 30, 2011
    The Chivito sandwich is amazing. No, you don't understand... amazing!
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RichNovember 21, 2011
    Get the rotisserie chicken, salad and yuca fries for 6 bucks and change.
  • Stephanie D.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie DeDeckerJanuary 17, 2016
    Great Cuban Sandwiches and Yuca Fries
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HughesApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A plain ole cheeseburger is damn delicious.
  • Dala J.heart icon on user image
    Dala JamaboAugust 28, 2013
    Try there chivoli it's like a bomb of flavor :)
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John CallFebruary 16, 2015
    The Chivito is royalty among sandwiches
  • Will W.heart icon on user image
    Will WhiteJanuary 11, 2015
    Great sandwiches, charming gas station.
  • Géneral L.
    Géneral LeeNovember 7, 2013
    Get the "Chivito" best sandwich I had n a longggg timeeee
  • Ujala J.
    Ujala JavaidMay 10, 2014
    The milanesa is delicious!!!
  • Francisco R.
    Francisco RuscalledaApril 13, 2013
    Try the chivito, you will not retreat it
  • Anna J.heart icon on user image
    Anna JohnOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT...awful new mgmt. Service is BAD. Female cashier is contemptuous + hostile. Food quality is uneven; salad greens were slimy. The original founders left. This is a bait + switch :(
  • Lucia T.heart icon on user image
    Lucia TheresaJune 10, 2016
    Biiiig portions of tasty sandwiches
  • Dana M.heart icon on user image
    Dana MeyersApril 3, 2013
    The restroom is surprisingly stylish.
  • John K.
    John KilvingtonJune 21, 2011
    They should drop the word "Fast" from the title. Nothing fast about the service the night I went. Once I got my food, the mushroom panini was decent but the fries needed salt. Read more
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