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MGM Roast Beef and Sullivan's Seafood - NE DC

Steve | Dec 17, 201005:16 AM

One hit and one miss in NE DC.

There are a few fresh-carved beef, ham, and turkey places in DC catering to the workaday lunch crowd. And then there is MGM, the cadillac of fresh carved sandwiches. This is a handsome place, where they care about every detail here and it shows. Aside form the usual suspects, they have brisket, a choice of beautifully made rolls, and toppings like cranbery chutney, fresh hot peppers, and horseradish sauce. They make turkey and rice soup and beans and rice every day, plus they have specials like black eyed pea soup and cream of crab.

I got the brisket. I ordered mine 'fatty' and it came with a thick slice, which I trimmed down with a knife. I got my toppings on the side. Everything about this place is quality, and the aroma is seductive.

Sullivan's Seafood features a half-pound crabcake with "Sullivan's surprise ingredient." That ingredient is shrimp. If you removed the pieces of seafood from the crabcake, they didn't taste much of anything on their own. The whole deep-fried concoction is pretty tasty, and it's a good sandwich. But not exactly a crabcake and the crab flavor is subtle at best.

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