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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 06/27/2008

Picnic Perfect

By Julia Beizer

Packing up for a weekend picnic can be one of the joys of summer, but for we of little time, sometimes that whole "fixing food" thing just doesn't end up happening. Make an outdoor outing that much easier by picking up a couple of to-go sandwiches from one of these spots.

It's gotta be the buttered and grilled bread that makes an Earl's sandwich so transcendent. The hefty turkey-cranberry concoction is not to be missed.

A Foxhall favorite, the beachy Jetties has a little bit of everything. Grab a couple sandwiches to go and split one of the big salads for a picnic-blanket lunch off the C&O canal. The pesto-vinaigrette-dressed Coatue salad is a personal fave.

The Spring Valley deli has been slapping sandwiches together for 80 years. Dozens of choices are available on the menu board, including grilled sandwiches and cold-cut combos. Rotisserie chicken and other hot dishes are also available. Enhance your outdoor meal with pre-made pasta and potato salad, sweet cupcakes and a bottle of wine (if your picnicking spot permits).

Petits Plats
The Woodley Park restaurant is best known for its lovely patio and homey French dishes. But tucked into the restaurant's lower level is a take-away with French treats galore. Sandwiches, salads and larger dishes are available down below, but we're fond of $2 baguettes. Fritz likes his coupled with the restaurant's pate for picnics in Rock Creek Park.

Find a straight-up Italian hoagie at this deli. Slices of pizza are also available to go.

Beyond the Bread
Sandwiches are some of the most portable picnic foods, but if you want a break from bread, sushi's a reliable choice. The cool, refreshing fish can be a delicious light meal on a hot day. Bumblefish and WasabiSito package rolls to go. Bumblefish makes an excellent break from sightseeing in Old Town.

For another twist on takeaway, try Teaism. The bento boxes from the Penn Quarter location make great companions to a Screen on the Green showing.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | June 27, 2008; 5:10 PM ET
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Jeez, how about a map at least?

Posted by: Bob | June 29, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It'd be quicker and easier for someone on the east side of the city to make something, than to get to any of these places.

Is there anything on our side of the city? Thx.

Posted by: Cap Hill | June 30, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Are there any sandwich shops in the downtown/georgetown/foggy bottom area you recommend? most of these are way out of the city.

Posted by: Chris | June 30, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If there was a shop downtown or in Cap Hill, don't you think it would have been included? I think the omission might mean you should get thee to a grocery and make your own. Just a hunch.

Posted by: ummm | June 30, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I saw Jetties and knew this was the work of a Hoya. It's amazing how many people have lived in this city for years and never heard of this gem. It is a bit out of the way, but worth a bus ride or walk to Foxhall alone.

On the Hill, why not just get fresh fixin's at Eastern Market? They don't have that luxury in NW.

Posted by: danj | June 30, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I find the sandwiches from The Italian Store are a great alternative to making your own picnic items. I've taken them hiking, tubing and to the Nationals game. You can never go wrong with the Italian Store! And if you are out to impress a special someone try picking up some of the great salads and side at Dean and Deluca's or Whole Foods. Add a bottle of wine you can have quite a feast!

Posted by: Izabel | July 2, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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