I've lived here (in the DC area) for almost 15 years and I will tell you this.... a good deli sandwich is hard to come by in these parts. I don't know why it is that a "deli" can only be found in NY or NJ, but it's true. They are few and far between anywhere else. Which is why what I am sharing with you now is super important.... I found a fantastic deli in Northern Virginia. The real deal. Pickle jar and all.
Wait for it.... wait for it....
Located on Rt. 123/Ox Road in Fairfax City, Bernie's Deli and Gourmet Market is the best deli in the area. Fresh sliced deli meats, piled high, hard rolls, pickles, and Italian desserts like cannoli and black and white cookies. Forget those generic sub places. You now have the deli you deserve.
I love Italian cold cut subs. They are my favorite. And Bernie's is delicious - lots of meat piled high -- Cappicola Ham, Hard Salami, Peppered Italian Ham and provolone, topped with lettuce, tomato, sweet peppers and oil & vinegar. Mayo nowhere to be found, thank god. As it has no place on an Italian sub. And those who think it does, do not belong in a deli.
My husband loves a good Reuben sandwich and Bernie's Superior takes it to a new level.
This sandwich has not just pastrami, but also ham, roast beef, and corned beef, covered with Russian dressing, cole slaw, cheddar cheese and chopped liver on rye. Well HELLO. It is meat-licious.
You really can't leave without getting one of the desserts. I highly recommend the black and white cookie. Sweet and delicious, with that cake-y bottom. It is absolutely HUGE, so you can save half for later.
Bernie's Deli is a fantastic deli in Northern Virginia -- so next time you have the urge for sandwich, head over there. You'll be glad you did!