DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen

DGS Delicatessen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dgsdelicatessen.com/
  • Phone: 2022934400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 9:30pm
    Sunday 5:00 -9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour Daily 4-7 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Eastern European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Robinson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: catering available for information e-mail us at events@dgsdelicatessen.com
  • Special Events: Check our website for seasonal events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Street NW, south of Dupont Circle
  • Public Transit: Red line DuPont Circle
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available Tues.-Sat. 5:30-9:45 $9
A word from DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen features both traditional & modern Jewish cooking in Dupont Circle.
Chef Brian Robinson takes inspiration from the classic delicatessen, while pushing the cuisine in a new and exciting direction. DGS offers 8 day house cured pastrami & corned beef, reubens, handmade pierogis & matzo ball soup, house cured cold smoked salmon.
DGS believes that delicatessen, German for good eats, comes from the soul of the old World Jewish kitchen. In that spirit, DGS brines, cures, smokes and pickles everything served on premises.
Beverage Director Brian Zipin crafted a beer, wine and cocktail menu amplifying the bold flavors of the delicatessen.

**Please note: Saturday & Sunday Brunch tables are Walk In only**
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
DGS Delicatessen reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (57)great for lunch (55)good for groups (26)great for brunch (22)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (13)great for outdoor dining (8)special occasion (8)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • A place that takes pride
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It's hard to find many mid-range priced dining options that take this much pride in their service and offerings. Good, simple meal with finite options that means to me that they do everything on their menu well. My dining party ran into the GM on the way out, and he took us downstairs to show off the smoker, and talked about some of the little details of the decor. We sat near a young family with an enthusiastic toddler so it was a bit loud as there isn't much to absorb the sound, but otherwise noise is moderate and decor is simple and tasteful. Look forward to going back again soon!
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  • good eats
    susan
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The menu was appealing, the food was very good, but if they seat you up in the loft area it is very noisy (hard to carry on a conversation) and the air conditioning was blowing down my back on the bench against the wall. Eating outside would have been better, but they don't have umbrellas and the sun reflects off their shiny metal tables making it difficult even with sunglasses.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deli? Diner?
    foodmonster
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The bread was great and paired perfectly with the meat on my sandwich. Unfortunately the corn beef was (I imagine with the hopes of it looking rustic) cut haphazzardly, I had to pick up the thick, odd shapen pieces of albeit tender and flavorful cornbeef. It felt more like a sandwich a drunken person would put together after a St. Patrick's Day party, instead of what was billed as a delicious "gramma -style" food choice. It was also very, very loud. There were children everywhere and I couldn't hear my companion or our server. Who was good. DGS mastered the most important part of sandwich making, pairing the bread with the filling, unfortunately keeping the filling on the bread was not a priority. A sloppy sandwich w/ delicious bread.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 81 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 219 reviews are from the DGS Delicatessen reviews archive.
  • excellent deli
    oceanmanVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    If you want great deli, this is the place. Great corned beef....... It is noisy though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Had an amazing time from start to finish. The server was knowledgable and built great rapport. Things you must try: the Mazel Tov Cocktail and the Chicken and Challah french toast. You won't be dissapointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Menu and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I had heard a lot about DGS and my hopes were high. I was not disappointed. Pros: Schmutzy Fries were AMAZING -- brilliant actually; latkes (with apples) - best in the area; homemade soda - fabulous; stuffed cabbage with orzo -- delish. All were super-fresh and super-tasty. Opportunities for improvement: roasted beets -- good, but I probably wouldn't order again -- tahini is nice but overpowering in a dish that size, plus I'm not used to beets served hot; the beets and orzo could've used a lighter touch on salt; acoustics upstairs were not great for some reason. Overall, though, can't wait to come back to try other dishes and have more schmutzy fries!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just What We Wanted!
    LogicGalVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I'd heard about DGS and was eager to try it. We came around 8:45 on a Sunday night. The food was delicious, and the experience was enjoyable. The owner and the waiter were eager to please and attentive. We ate at street level because one in our party has difficulty with stairs, so the ambiance wasn't what I assume it would have been upstairs in the main restaurant. I highly recommend DGS!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality/ price fine. Service too.
    Daniele
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    In a quite boring DC this place is vibrant and friendly. The service is really attentive: they are polite without been "cold". If you ask for a suggestion on the rather obscure menu they will be happy to explain. Two improvements: stress that it is not kosher and put picures near the different choices. See you soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great deli restaurant
    a123
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The hamburgers and fish sandwiches are the best. Service excellent. Can't wait to return to try the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice return to the USA
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Having spent the better part of the week in Switzerland (where I predominantly ate Asian food that was overpriced and underseasoned), I was eager for good old-fashioned American food upon my arrival back home. Since I've eaten pastrami and corned beef sandwiches regularly since I was a child, DGS provided just what I was seeking. My pastrami sandwich was first-rate, as has been the case in prior visits.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York in DC at least !
    Daniele
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The place is great and prices are honest. Waiters are outstanding .Should add coffee add some more explenations in the really unique ( thus never heard before) menu. Also specify on the menu that it is not kosher.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Please warm it up.
    smallplatesgirl
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The room is lovely, and the service attentive. The matzo ball soup was tasty and hot. The brisket entrée, however, was cool to room temperature. And the chopped liver had a weird taste, nothing like my grandmother's. The drinks were fine. Next time Ill try the cold deli sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Raised on delis
    Local
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The corned beef sandwich is good but pretty expensive with just a pickle as a side. Everything is a la carte. The kitchen slices the meat in thicker chunks rather than thin slices which makes the sandwich fall apart when eating. The bread is tasty. As for the mustard it's not true spicy brown and much too sweet. No other mustard options were offered by our server. The cold slaw would be way better by adding some celery seeds. Would go back for a second try, but not with the intend of having any sort of conversation with my dinner mates. The upstairs dining area is all hard surfaces and very loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch Review
    KenBrechen
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Service was very good. The corned beef was a little on the dry side, possibly because DGS is serving a leaner CB than is traditional. Side dishes are also very well prepared. Would be nice if they offered a chopped liver sandwich even if pricey. Restaurant is aggressively noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • typical DC restuarant
    Sloat
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    that is, overrated, over-priced, perfectly fine but nothing like a real deli. Of course for a real deli you don't have to make reservations either. Oh well, i'll keep looking . . .
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  • Disappointing Passover menu
    EatingoutinDCVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I've tried DGS before, for brunch, and liked it well enough. I was excited about trying the Passover menu, but proved disappointed. The bone marrow matzoh ball soup sounded like a great idea, but I didn't get much of a sense of bone marrow from it. It was a nice matzoh ball, but not an amazing one. The fish and spring greens were fine but a little bland. The lamb was the true disappointment. It was all but devoid of flavor (perhaps too much fat had been removed?). The greens and pine nuts tried their best, but weren't strong enough to liven it up. The apple sorbet and honey cake were nice enough. Honestly, my favorite part of the meal was the bordeaux that came with the lamb as part of the wine pairing.
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  • Medioce at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Had Passover meal and only the fish was reasonable. Disappointing. They try too hard to be cutting edge without paying attention to the basics.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Missing something
    RissVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food is bland and overpriced. I kept giving my husband some of my food to eat it for me. Crowded tables, mediocre waiter. Would not go back.
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  • Consistently Good Dining Experience
    bigfootdc
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Behind the modest entryway is what we have found a consistently good dining experience. We've never been disappointed in any of our menu selections. Service is professional, staff is friendly without being overbearing. We consider DGS a gem in our Dupont Circle neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passover Dinner
    DGScustomer
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Visited DGS for their Passover prix fixe meal. The food was delicious, and was served family style by attentive employees. This was my first visit but I had heard great things about their lunch menu so I knew I had to visit for their Passover special. I'll certainly be back for what looked like amazing pastrami sandwiches.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Food was mediocre
    James
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was my first time at DGS. I didn't like the Gyro. I don't think it had feta cheese even though the menu says it does. My cocktail (The Schmoozer) was also not good. The brisket was good and the desert was good, but that wasn't what I ordered. The brussel sprouts were good but the deviled eggs were not. The service was good, although our server kept trying to upsell us on appetizers and plates. After reading other reviews, I wonder if this is because the sandwiches just aren't that good.
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  • wonderful whitefish
    bxbarne
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The whitefish sandwhich was a creative take on an old classic. The whitefish salad itself was light and fresh, with just a little smoke. The bagel was perfectly sehwy without being too dense. And in between the two was a delightful tomatoe jelly - a great treat that hardly anyone has available. Top it off with fresh radishes, good coffee, and a delightful seat for two by the updtais window, and our lunch was a smashing success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Constistant food, pushy waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I've been to DGS a number of times, always for lunch. While the menu doesn't seem to rotate much, I have found that everything I've tried has been very good--most notably the chopped liver. (It includes crisped chicken skin, which is an unusual but delightful and salty touch.) The house made sodas are really refreshing and not overly sweet. On my last visit, I enjoyed the cucumber mint version, and on the first warm day of spring it was perfect. My one complaint is that the waiter was a bit too pushy. Also, rather than asking my dining companion and me if our meals came out as hoped, he TOLD us that everything looked great which was strange and off-putting. Regardless of that, I'll go back to DGS for lunch again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fast and Friendly
    LWLW
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Great delicatessen-style food for those who miss New York!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the pickles!
    DecadentDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    First of all, the pickled appetizer plate was awesome!! Pickled fennel?? Delicious! Who knew! Then my friend and I shared the salmon Benedict & the Ruben and both were fantastic. Topped off the meal with a grapefruit beer, and that too was delicious. We shall return!!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At last
    chismeVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Fabulous deli in a city better known for half-smokes. No kidding - if I lived in the neighborhood I'd be there every day. The staff couldn't be nicer, the decor a nostalgic throwback with historical accuracy (I know - I remember the DGS stores very well), and you can't beat the house-cured pastrami. If they stayed open late, they would be perfect; as it is, they only approach perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been to DGS about a half
    dcismeVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I've been to DGS about a half dozzen times. It seems like it gets better every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    jenreviewVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The latkes were a little burnt but still tasty, and only came with two items that were half the size of my palm. Ordered the fried chicken and french toast - chicken and accompanying greens were terrible; very salty and the chicken was not appetizing at at all. greens were French toast was decent, but far from the best challah french toast I've had. The club sandwich was fine, but to only have two bread options (rye and pumpernickel) at a so-called deli is absurd. We won't return.
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  • At last DC has a high quality
    Wray
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    At last DC has a high quality Jewish deli! You can't find better corned beef, rye bread or white fish anywhere in the area, or any area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I know it is supposed to be a hipster deli, but the food was nothing special, the portions were a bit below average, and the prices sky high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • less than expectations
    mpluna
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I had really wanted to try this place, having read several favorable reviews. It was OK. The cocktails were just ok, and they had been a special feature of the reviews I had read. The chopped liver was moussey and didn't taste enough like liver. The borscht was pretty good. The reuben was greasy and the sauerkraut was bland - it tasted mostly like shredded cabbage rather than having a pickled or briney taste. The smoked meats and fish were a highlight. The bread was tasteless. The deviled eggs were good, but were prettier than they were tasty, and the french fries looked oK but I didn't taste them. The doughnuts were cakey and not that tasty and the cheesecake got most of its flavor from the marmalade (I had a bite of each).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dessert
    cd84
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My friends and I arrived at DGS for some late night dessert and had a great experience. The host was very kind and attentive though we arrived quite late at night. Likewise our server was very funny and personable. We tried the double chocolate cake, root beer float and donuts. Everything was great but the brittle that came with the donuts took the cake! Looking forward to coming back for brunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Great food.
    Sue8
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Great service. Great food. And best homemade drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience @ DGS
    LoveGoodEats
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The Surf and Turf Deveiled Eggs are a must as is the chopped liver. Normally I am not a fan of chopped liver, but it was excellent. The Wagyu Brisket was the best brisket I've had in years...tender and flavorful. It was served with root veggies, which were perfectly cooked and seasoned. I also had the housemade cucumber & mint soda. It was light, yummy, and refreshing. I ordered it without simple syrup and it was still tasty. The service was good, the right balance of attentiveness. Highly recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We have had wonderful experiences at DGS. We've gone for brunch and dinner and been really pleased with the meals we've had. They do a lot of things really well - cured fish and meats (salmon, pastrami, etc.) presented in interesting ways (smoked salmon tartare, schmutzy fries) ; interesting cocktails (gentleman's agreement, new york sour); and even a great dessert (babka bread pudding!). We enjoyed the staff and ambiance too. It's a friendly, energetic place to be and we look forward to return visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not What I expected from a
    Lynda
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Not What I expected from a Jewish Deli. The food was underwhelming and the prices were over the top. There isn't a deli around that charges for a pickle tray before the meal. I think the owners should visit a few good deli's in the area and make a few changes to the one I visited for the first and only time.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the Latkes
    Sven
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    They are incredible. Pretty much everything is good but oh man those Latkes....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner with out-of-town friends
    Ellie
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Noise level was the only drawback. Hard surfaces, low ceiling in the loft area, loud people. Food and service were great.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic deli with modern flair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Finally. A very good deli in dc! Classics well done
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying too hard
    KimfromDC
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The pastrami was outstanding, to be sure, not dry or salty, but luxurious, unique. But this is deli dining with all the fun and vibrancy excised. The service was good, but the waiters were too verbosely sincere, verging on pretentious. And who ever heard of a deli that doesn't have any mustard on the table? We also tried the chopped liver, which was pleasant in a salty kind of way, and paid $6 for the pickled vegetables -- excellent curry-kissed cauliflower--but otherwise not very interesting. Made me long for the free pickle bar and down-to-earth service at the Parkway.
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