This $26 sandwich — literally ham, butter and bread — says everything about D.C. dining

There is a ham sandwich served at Mirabelle, a new restaurant near the White House, and it costs $26.

The sandwich, more precisely, is a “jambon beurre,” a classic French preparation that combines ham with butter on a baguette. In Paris, it's the ultimate grab-and-go food, the kind of thing that makes for a cheap and fast meal. At other Washington eateries, such as Bread Furst and Le Diplomate, similar sandwiches clock in at about half of Mirabelle's price tag. But those places aren't in the same fine-dining league as the French-American restaurant, which, within weeks of opening, has already vaulted to the upper echelon of D.C. dining rooms.

In a city where craft cocktails and small plates have made it easy to drop $100 on dinner, Mirabelle's sandwich is yet another example of skyrocketing restaurant prices and a quickly evolving dining scene. Diners with deep pockets have been clamoring for seats at Pineapple and Pearls or Minibar, where the tasting menus are close to $300, and paying $60 for steak or $9 for coffee. Now they're paying up for the critically acclaimed food of Mirabelle chef Frank Ruta, formerly of the White House and the late Washington favorite Palena.