by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
To have grown up in America is to have feasted on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The bread! The salty, creamy peanut butter! The sticky, sweet jelly! The PB&J is a childhood classic, and a hard addiction to beat come adulthood, which is why you shouldn't even bother. We've rounded up where to find the best PB&J in Washington, D.C., (including the toasty version from Potbelly, pictured) according to those who know the district best: our fans, followers and the Citysearch Dictators. Want to join the Dictator team? Apply here: http://ow.ly/1sf90
Updated: April 13, 2010
Potbelly Sandwich Works is the overwhelming recommendation from Citysearch fans and Dictators. They love the creamy Skippy peanut butter and Welch's grape jelly toasted to gooey perfection. Says Matt D.: "It's been said, but Potbelly is one of the only places I'd actually consider ordering PB&J outside of my own kitchen."
This convenience store and sandwich shop in Foggy Bottom caters to its GW clientele, so it's not surprising that the comfort food classic graces the menu, albeit with a crunchy twist. The P.B.J.B. comes on toasted white bread with chunky peanut butter, raspberry jam, granola and banana slices.
Says Citysearch Twitter follower @toryk, "I remember walking by @oldglory_gtown one day, and they had a fried PB&J on the menu ... sounds delicious!" Though it was a daily special, look for a regular version on the kid's menu--and await the return of the fried special!
Citysearch Dictator Mary K. is partial to Firefly's version. Fit for a king, the sandwich comes with peanut butter, banana and applewood bacon with maple honey on pan-fried challah bread. Paired with the restaurant's outdoorsy feel, it's a grown-up take on a childhood picnic.
"Co Co Sala has a great PB&J dessert!" says Citysearch fan Kaoru Y. The Co Co Grown Up is another sophisticated makeover of a kiddie classic, featuring milk chocolate peanut butter ice cream, bananas Foster, a mini cupcake and malted chocolate shooter.
"Hands down most creative PB treat in D.C. is at Baked & Wired in Georgetown. It's a cupcake called the Elvis Impersonator, a banana cupcake with a light and fluffy PB icing. Sooo good," says Citysearch Dictator Adam Renz. Also called The Unporked Elvis, this treat is drizzled with chocolate.