We drove past this place (616 New York Ave.) one evening about two years ago, and while I made a mental note to check it out sometime I've still never been to it. I'm not sure if it's still in business given all the development around town, but it looked like a classic, but dumpy sandwich shack.
And, though I believe some folks hold it in esteem, the only info I could dig up was a not particularly descriptive 2002 thread on Chowhound, and this slightly more helpful (but still old) user comment on CitySearch:
"This hole-in-the-wall, directly across the street from the DC Police dept. on NY Ave, has been serving great roast beef sandwiches, carved fresh from the steamship round, for over 100 years!! Really! They also have carved fresh turkey and on Fridays only, a GREAT fresh Ham sandwich on a poppy seed bun. There are a couple of patio tables outside, so this is a carry out place, as the traffic on NY Ave is busy!!"
Can anyone else confirm this review or add any other details to what this place is like? Is Hodge's roast beef sandwich worth a special trip or is it more just a place to hit if you somehow happen to be in that area? Do they offer any proprietary condiments or fixin's combos that are worthwhile?