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New Ballston Sandwich Shop to Open in April

by ARLnow.com February 20, 2013 at 9:55 am 2,532 47 Comments

A new sandwich shop is expected to open in Ballston in April.

Which Wich, which is replacing the former Daily Grind coffee shop at 4300 Wilson Blvd, has set Monday, April 22 as a tentative opening date, according to company spokesperson Hala Habal.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Which Wich has more than 300 locations in 30 states. The Arlington location is the first in the D.C. area and the third in Virginia.

The company is best known for its customizable sandwiches and its unique ordering system.

Which Wich offers more than 50 varieties of customizable, toasted “wiches,” from the signature Wicked® sandwich, loaded with five meats (turkey, ham, roast beef, pepperoni, and bacon) and choice of three cheeses, to unique items such as Thank You Turkey®, with stuffing and cranberry sauce. The Which Wich menu also includes plenty of vegetarian options, such as tomato & avocado and black bean patty, as well as 30 healthy wiches and bowls for less than 400 calories each. Guests can dine in or take out. Catering is also available.

Which Wich is known for its creative ordering system. Guests use red Sharpies® to mark up pre-printed menus on sandwich bags. They select a sandwich from one of 10 categories, then choose the bread, cheese, spreads, and toppings. The sandwiches are prepared to guests’ exact specifications, toasted to perfection, and delivered in the now-personalized sandwich bags. After they’ve enjoyed their wiches, guests are encouraged to draw on their bags using red Sharpies and hang their “artwork” on the community wall.

In addition to customized, toasted wiches, customers can enjoy hand-dipped shakes, signature house chips, and just-out-of-the-oven cookies in an edgy yet magnetic environment. Which Wich locations newspaper reading stations, free wi-fi, and a community wall showcasing the sandwich bag artwork.

Which Wich is also proud of its Sandwichfaction Guarantee®. We stand behind all of our sandwiches. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your wich at the time you receive it, we will replace it, refund your money, or both.

Store photos courtesy “JohnB2”

  • Ahhlington

    Awesome, although I wish this would open in Clarendon or Courthouse. Ballston has a dearth of sandwich places.

    • Mike

      It wouldn’t fit in as well in Clarendon. The press release quoted above describes it as “an edgy yet magnetic environment,” and as regular readers know, Clarendon is “more vibrant” than “magnetic.”

    • pleb

      If ballston had a dearth of sammich shops, then opening one there would be a boon.

      • Ahhlington

        Ha, corrected. I meant Clarendon and Courthouse have a dearth.

    • CrystalMikey

      Ditto…Clarendon could use some “quicker” options for food.

    • Eric

      You mean “plethora?”

      • Buckley

        Si, El Guapo.

    • A Virginia Square

      You keep using that word…I do not think it means what you think it means:

      A scarcity or lack of something: “there is a dearth of evidence”.

  • Jim

    Sounds awful.

    Fat people will probably love it, though. Fat people love bready sandwiches.

    • Hee-Haw

      Why does it sound awful ? Are you just inclined to be a hater ?

    • Dan

      Haha, love the non carb hipsters.

    • Not that Jim

      So I guess you’ll be there daily.

    • Sunshine

      The bowls look good if you are worried about all of the bread. Or you could you could get it open face without the top.

    • fat people

      What do obnoxious jerks like, Jim?

    • KathyInArlington

      Speak for yourself, Jim.

  • YTK

    I myself can be a dearth evader at times, but I am looking forward to this new addition in Ballston. No measuring the snadwiches though– they are not advertising any as foot longs.

  • Mike

    I wonder if this Which Wich chain has any locations in Massachusetts yet?
    Ipswich would be a great choice, though Salem might be a little risky.

    Delaware would be a good choice – I can think of at least one former Senate candidate who might want to open a franchise there.

    • Deadite

      Are you from the North Shore? That’s my neck of the woods. Just wondering how someone all the way down here has heard of little old Ipswich…

  • Mike

    How about a Taylor Gourmet?

    • Hee-Haw

      there’s one in annandale or one will be opening soon.

      • Sunshine

        Taylor Gourmet is open in the new Mosaic District at 29 and Gallows Rd.

  • TJW

    Are you sure you know the meaning of “dearth”? It means “scarcity”, so your comment makes little sense.

  • novasteve

    I’m going to start my own sandwich store in a streetcar so the sophisticated arlington residents can pretend they are in europe. I will serve european style sandwiches like prawn salad, chicken tikka, curried chicken salad sandwiches…

    • wimmer201

      Could you be any more obsessed with Europe?

    • snarl

      tikka and curry isnt my idea of european….

      • novasteve

        But they serve it in sandwich shops there. It’s not british either, but it’s very common there.

      • Sunshine

        Currywurst is very popular in Germany.

        • novasteve

          wurst is a bit too manly for Arlington though. I’m sure I could come up with some kind of organic seitan product to resemble currywurst though.

          • Sunshine

            Currywurst must not be tampered with. No Currywurst for Arlington.

    • drax

      Hey, steve, news flash – most people vote for Democrats because they support them, not because of the “D”, and most people eat food because they like it, not because they’re pretending to be in Europe.

      • malaka

        yeah if they wanted to pretend to be in Europe wouldn’t they be trying to speak German or something? nobody here is that pretentious surely?

        • another possibility

          Isn’t Spain in Europe? I thought I heard someone trying to speak Spanish the other day.

      • novasteve

        Oh please drax, if that were the case, why are there food fads? if you enjoy it, it wouldn’t matter if it’s the current trend..

  • nom de guerre

    Speaking of a “dearth of sandwich shops”, Sam’s Food Truck is featuring Thai style grilled chicken satay infused with lemongrass, garlic and ginger topped with a carrot, cucumber and daikon radish slaw marinated in rice vinegar and fish sauce vinaigrette on ciabatta bread with a spicy Sriracha and lime peanut sauce. Only while supplies last.

    • WeiQiang

      *yum* i know that the truck only has 60 minutes to dole out its goodies, so where is Sam’s today? i walked over to Monday’s location at 200 Long Bridge Drive, but it was gone already.

      • CrystalMikey

        Actually, I think Sam only opens for 59 minutes.

  • Swag

    That press release makes me hate this place.

    • drax

      Red Sharpies®!

  • HC

    I have been to the Which Wich in LA. It takes about 20 minutes to fill out the form the first time you see it. There’s a wall of paper bags for different types of sandwiches with about 100 different options on them. Given how long it took for people to figure out how to order at District Taco when they opened, I’d expect about a 3 hour wait time for the first month.

    • Faisal Lalani


      Thanks for your comment. Just wanted to let you know we plan on having ordering kiosks outside as well as online ordering to help with the line issue! Thanks for the support

  • Germs

    Will they have a vat of hand sanitizer next to the red Sharpies?

  • Columbia Pike Y’all

    “in an edgy yet magnetic environment”


  • Jamie

    I love Which Wich! I’ve been to the two in the Richmond area. They have lots of options for vegetarians and I love all the topping options.

    • Wow

      Is Jamie the first person to ever use their actual picture for the user icon? Kudos to her for having some [email protected]

  • b0rk

    White people loooove expensive sandwich places.

    • why

      Why does it have to be about white? Why you fron-en?

  • CourthouseChris

    You know it’s a good sandwich when people dislocate a jaw to eat it:



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