DGS, a new-age, non-kosher deli, is a more than welcome addition to the DuPont Circle community. It might not serve up the exact kind of food as your Bubba or Katz’s, but what it does prepare is tasty and plentiful.
Chef Barry Koslow’s menu is familiar and new at the same time. Yes, you can order the traditional DGS Reuben, but if you’re a vegetarian like me, you can dine on the Grilled Eggplant Reuben—made with eggplant, emmenthaler cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and rye bread. This was to die for. The combination of ingredients was mouth-wateringly good. My dining companion tried the Israeli…hummus, cucumber salad, pickled beets, sprouts, feta and pumpernickel. She ate every crumb on her plate. The couple on one side of me ordered the DGS Cobb Salad…avocado, corned beef, blue cheese, gribenes, mixed greens and champagne vin. Although they were shocked by the enormous portion, that didn’t stop them from eating the whole thing. The couple on the other side tried the Knishes…lamb merguez , lentil and raisin mustard. They downed ever morsel. A friend has been there several times. She thought the Warm DGS Pastrami was a tad too smoky, but loved the Challah French Toast and don’t get her started on the Flanken… beef short ribs braised with Tunisian spices, figs, spinach and fresh mint.
And the pickles? OMG! DGS brines its pickles on the premises and they are as God intended…sour and wonderful.
DGS does serve dessert. While they all sound intriguing, my friends and I have not gotten past the Teiglach… Hungarian Doughnuts with toasted almonds. The portion is huge and they are absolutely DELICIOUS.
You’ll also find a full complement of cocktails, soft drinks, wine and beer. I plan to try at least one of each on future visits. And there will be future visits. The fabulous food is matched by the terrific wait-staff. They are friendly, knowledgeable, but not intrusive.
You might stop in for a nosh, but you’ll be back for more. Mazel tov, DGS!
1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 202.293.4400, open seven days a week