“I literally just cried and gave the workers a hug”: TJ’s Gourmet Deli Closing Friday

by Prince Of Petworth November 19, 2015 at 10:40 am 13 Comments

TJ Deli closed
1400 L Street, NW

Thanks to Adam for sending. I never ate there but apparently there were tons of fans – one yelper writes after learning the news:

“I literally just cried and gave the workers a hug after my co-worker came back to tell me TJ’s will be closing 11/20/15. They have the best Steak & Cheese sandwiches. I loveeeeeeeeeeee their buffet. The workers are nice. They remember our names & faces. I so hate when I find a place that’s all around perfect with customer service, great quality, people and food and they close. I will miss TJ’s.”

  • Lunchista

    I don’t think many of the folks that work there have other jobs lined up at this time (I asked this morning), and most have small children. I’ll be giving my annual xmas gift cards to the cashiers (who have young children) tomorrow, and I encourage others who have anything to spare to do the same.

  • Bob

    That’s a huge bummer. TJ’s was one of the last places in the neighborhood to get a cheap and quick lunch. It was always crowded too.

  • french streeter

    I’ve worked nearby for years, and can probably count on one hand the times I’ve eaten there. Not sure why such short notice for the closure, but they always seemed to do great business…..

  • Kat

    Their thanksgiving sub is legendary! How sad.

  • Dan

    First Lawson’s closes, now TJs. Both were far better alternatives to Cafe Phillips.

    • Bob

      Yeah, Cafe Phillips is good. But, it’s crazy expensive and the lack of lines/chaotic ordering drives me nuts. They also had a bunch of price creeping that turned me off. First, it was extra charges for certain types of cream cheese, then minimum credit card purchase amount, etc. It got to the point where a bagel with cream cheese cost like $3.50. Seriously, that’s too much. You can get better bagels for half the price in NYC/Montreal.

      • west_egg

        Not by the time you add in air fare to NYC/Montreal.

      • AG

        That’s like saying you can get better Mexican food in LA. Yeah, duh, places known for the dish are going to have better/cheaper options, but seriously, I’d pay $4 for a really good taco.

  • jim_ed

    That’s a shame. TJ’s was a great spot for a lunch time sandwich. The Little Pocket sub always delivered and it had a pretty decent hot bar to boot.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Someone needs to write a guide to all the delis downtown. There are some good ones, but some of them should be avoided.

  • Interesting, I somehow never noticed it despite working nearby for years. Most of the reviews seem to basically say “it’s OK”. The level of praise here sounds much higher.

    • lizcolleena

      Yeah, I work nearby and wasn’t that impressed the handful of times I tried it.
      Not cheap but Juice Joint around the corner is a great healthy lunch. They have lots more than juice and smoothies!

    • AMDCer

      I’ve never eaten there so can’t speak to the quality of the food, but sometimes being a “regular” somewhere with relationships with the staff makes an ordinary place special.


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