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Earl’s Sandwiches Eying Second Location?

by ARLnow.com November 29, 2011 at 11:07 am 4,251 43 Comments

Earl’s Sandwiches in Courthouse (2605 Wilson Blvd) is thinking about expanding with a second location.

The restaurant has proven popular with local lunch-goers, but is somewhat constrained by its small space. Owner Stephen Dugan told the county’s Food for Thought television program (above) that he’s “would love to set up a second location” and is “looking for something with a little space.”

Earl’s, which uses fresh, house-made ingredients in its sandwiches, bills itself as “homemade without the hassle.”

  • Shirley

    i sure hope that they have trademarked their name and certainly registered everything they can.

    Because the actual REAL Earl of Sandwich (there really is an Earl of Sandwich) is whoring out his family name to make money in America:

    I want the little guy to win this one. I want the little guy to win them all.

    • SARL

      Too bad Earl of Sandwich REALLY DOES make “[one of] the world’s greatest hot sandwich[es]!” Beats our Earl’s, in my opinion.

  • South Awwwlington

    Now I’m hungry!!!! This place looks great. May I suggest a larger location on Columbia Pike???!!!

    • EFC

      the corner of the county welcomes you!!! we have prime location waiting for you at 2121 N Westmoreland st, tons of space and customers, no competition!!! east falls church is underserved! (and yes, efc is arlington before someone asks..)

      • R0bespierre


    • Josh S

      +10. The Sienna Park still has some moderately sized places available. Would be awesome.

  • Jennifer

    Artisphere + Earl’s = Sandwich Emporium.

    • FrenchyB

      I thought it equaled Sandwichsphere?

      • Ballstonia

        Artiswich by Earl?

  • Chris

    Sounds great, but it’d be even better if it let them have later hours on occasion.

  • Danielle

    I think the Lee Heights shopping center has an available space where Cafe Parisien used to be, would be a great spot for a sandwich shop

    • Garden City


    • Nooner

      That would be great or a bagel place.

  • PotentialSlacker

    Love sandwich places but their prices are way too expensive. The turkey “club” is like $10 so I often revert back to Lost Dog. Stephen is a great guy though, hope they do well!

    • PikeHoo

      Agreed. The sandwiches are pricy. The sandwiches are good, but $10 for just a sandwich is steep.

  • Tre

    I feel like these type of articles should only be posted after lunch.

  • Dan Woodley

    23rd Street!

  • Sikudhani


  • CW

    Does anyone even go to their first location? The only time I went there it was like 6 PM, they were about to close, and I paid 10 bucks for something smaller than my fist.

    • V Dizzle

      I’ve been going a couple of times a month for several years now. They make my favorite sandwiches, and $8-10 is worth what they put in them (not small either). The turkey is like the day after Thanksgiving sandwiches you might make for yourself. I hope they expand successfully like Rocklands.

    • V Dizzle

      oops on the duplicate…comments aren’t showing up for some reason.

    • AllenB

      Sandwiches are the right size. I’ve never been hungry after finishing one of them and many of them are under $8.

  • Dan

    One and only time I had a sandwich there all I could taste was the over-buttered bread. Yuck.

  • hoooos

    Maybe they should consider expanding their hours past 8pm so people with private sector jobs could actually eat there.

    • CW

      Clarendon/courthouse is desparately in need of a sandwich place that serves big, cheap, greasy sandwiches late into the night. This is highlighted every time I get hungry at 1 AM or so and realize that there is absolutely nowhere to go except 7-eleven or waiter service at one of the bars.

      • PikeHoo

        Goody’s, bro. Solid 2-slice lunch special as well, although it’s a belt buster.

        • CW

          Goody’s is great at what they do, but their selection is pretty limited IMO.

    • The Boss

      Keep off the internet during work hours and you won’t have to stay so late.

  • Swag

    This area needs a good (real) hoagie place, not more $10 gourmet s–t.

  • wookie

    This place as hairy hippies cooking overpriced under portioned sandwiches…they are good but very pricey….they serve breakfast but dont open until 10am???

    Open Early and drop the prices

    • Sikudhani

      Sandwich hippies are the worst.

    • V Dizzle

      Hippies? No, there aren’t any working there.

      • Wookie

        Hipsters or Hippies all the same

        • Sikudhani

          Sandwich hipsters are the worst.

  • PikeHoo

    Italian Store trumps this place on size, price, and deliciousness. Forget about it!

    • originalW.A.T.

      but what they don’t have certain context, is location location location.

  • Tre

    People like living in expensive areas as long as they don’t have to pay expensive prices.

  • S

    Unfortunately, it probably won’t do much good for us in Arlington. ARLNOW should have asked him where he is looking. My last conversation with Stephan at the shop within the last month about this was that he was looking for a location space in DC.

  • Arl Hungry Man

    I love the sandwiches at Earl’s, but I’m always bummed that the only time to get a breakfast sandwich is at lunch! How about opening for the early crowd!!

  • FAIL

    I ordered a ‘Cuban’ and they gave me a tuna.

  • Greg

    I have to say, I love this place and wish them continued success. When I worked from home, I would go here at least twice a week for lunch and then head over to Java Shack for work/coffee. Turkey Cranberry all the way!

  • Mike R

    Italian Store is awesome, but their selections (in terms of just sammiches) is bleak -and their turkey? Don’t even try it… I mean, really, DON’T even try it.

    I personally would love it if they could stay in Arlington and follow Lost Dog to Columbia Pike east of Glebe.

    The owner will make money there… and Bob and Edith, Subway, Boston Market, etc.

    The Piks is blowing up and if this chap really has the means to expand, he’d only be a simple fool for not getting while he still can.

    The Lee Heights shopping center, where Cafe Parisien used to be, would not be a good spot. limited worker-foot traffic during the day and little off the beaten path.

    + some folks call that ‘money row,’ which is kinda explains why Cafe Parisien couldn’t hang…

  • J

    Earls does fantastic catering for business lunches. My clients love it. Give the small business some if your business!


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