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The G-Man at Capitol Hill’s Mangialardo’s, the Best Sandwich in DC.

The Italian sandwich (slash sub/hoagie/grinder/hero), depending where you hail) is one of the great American food inventions.  Although DC does not have an extensive Italian-American community (though there were certainly pockets in the early 20th century on Capitol Hill or nearby), you can still get great sandwiches in DC, as detailed below (I’ve included a few suburban sandwich essential spots as well). For more Barred in DC sandwiches go here.  This taste test story from 2017 in Post by Holley Simmons (now flower shop owner) is great too. Rankings are based on a series of Twitter polls (the top 3 were essentially tied)

Name of Italian Sandwich (their most popular version) in Italics. Price with tax. 

The Italian Sandwich DC Area Trinity

  • Mangialardo’s (Capitol Hill (near Potomac Ave. Metro))
    • M-F 8a-3p; closed Sat-Sun
    • Pickup (call (202) 543-6212/walk-in/website)
    • Delivery (Grubhub)
    • G-Man (or Big “G” if really hungry, with double all the meat)
    • Meat/Cheese: Ham, Salami, Mortadella, Pepperoni, Fontina Cheese, Provolone Cheese on choice of hard or soft roll.
    • Toppings: Oregano, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise, Onion,  Oil,  Vinegar, Hot/Sweet Peppers and/or Deli Mustard
    • $9.90 ($13 for Big G)
  • The Italian Store (Arlington, Virginia in Westover and Lyon Village)
    • Current hours: M-Sat 11a-7p, Sun 11a-6p
    • Pickup (call 571-341-1080 Westover, 703-528-6266 Lyon Village/walk-in)
    • The Milano
    • Meat/Cheese: two Italian hams, provolone cheese, and Genoa salami on choice of choice of hard or soft Italian roll.
    • Toppings: sweet and/or hot peppers, lettuce, onions, oregano, and special dressing.
    • $9.20 (small), $10.20 (large)
    • also known for pizza
  • A. Litteri (Union Market Area/NoMa) 
    • M-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 9a-6p
    • Pickup (online/walk-in)
    • Italian Classic
    • Meat/cheese: Capicola, Genoa salami, Mortadella, Prosciuttini, Provolone,
    • Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato. Onion, Hot Peppers & Italian Seasoning (No substitutions though build your own allowed for more $)
    • $8 (9″ hard roll) $5.75 (6″ soft roll), $11 (12″ soft roll), $7.50 (8″ wheat roll)


  • Bub and Pop’s (Dupont)
    • Current Hours Tue-Sat 11a-8p (closed Sun-Mon). Call  if coming after 4 (or check Fbook) to make sure open
    • Pickup (call 202-457-1111/walk-in)
    • Delivery (UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash). Can due scheduled orders in advance 1 day if you call
    • Bub’s Italian Hoagie
    • Meat/Cheese: Genoa‎ Salami, Sweet Capicola, Hot Capicola, Pepperoni, Aged Provolone on roll. Can be baked on request.
    • Toppings: Iceberg Lettuce, Roma Tomato, Raw Onion, Hoagie Relish (hot peppers, sweet peppers,  pickle & onion), Mayo, Bub’s Vinaigrette, and Pecorino Romano.
    • $10 (half), $20 (whole)
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Capo Delicatessan (Shaw)
    • Current Hours: M-Th 11a-8p, F-Sat 11a-11p, 11a-9p Sun
    • Pickup (online/Toast/walk-in)
    • Delivery (DoorDash/Grubhub)
    • Capo Special or Italian Combo
    • Meat/Cheese: Soprressata, Mortadella, Provolone (Capo). Genoa salami, capicola, provolone (Italian)
    • Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, provolone, house-made Italian Dressing.
    • $11.55 (small), $14.85 (large)
    • Cocktails also available
  • Stachowski Market (Georgetown)
    • Mon-Sat 10a-8p, Sun 11a-6p
    • Pickup (call (202) 506-3125 /walk-in)
    • 4 Meat Grinder
    • Meat/Cheese: salami, coppa, mortadella, soppressata with provolone
    • Toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, and house vinaigrette.
    • $16
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options

Lots of Support

  • Taylor Gourmet (Dupont, Downtown, plus suburban locations)
    • Dupont (M-F 11a-7p, closed Sat-Sun) Downtown (M-F 11a-3p, closed Sat-Sun)
    • Pickup (Online/Chownow or Walk-In)
    • Delivery (In-House App, Caviar, DoorDash, UberEats
    • 9th Street Italian or Federal Italian
    • Meat/Cheese: 9th St Italian (Genoa salami, hot capicola, prosciutto, sharp Provolone); Federal Italian (Genoa salami, hot capicola, cured ham, pepperoni, fresh Mozzarella). Both on “original, farmhouse wheat, soft roll, or gluten free wrap”
    • Toppings: 9th St (Lettuce, tomato, onion, ultimate vinaigrette); Federal Italian (house made tomato vinaigrette, roma tomato, red onion, fresh basil, olive oil)
    • $9.60 (regular), $14.85 (large)
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Vace (Cleveland Park, Bethesda)
    • M-F 9a-9p, Sat 9a-8p, Sun 10a-5p
    • Pickup (call 202-363-1999 CP, 301-654-6367 Bethesda; walk-in)
    • Italian Cold Cut
    • Meat/Cheese: Genoa Salami, Ham, Mortadella And Mozzarella Cheese (optional provolone instead) on Hard roll or soft focaccia bread
    • Toppings: Lettuce,Tomatoes,Onions,Hot Peppers, Italian Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Mayonnaise, Yellow Mustard
    • $7.15
    • Also known for pizza
  • Grazie Grazie (The Wharf)
    • currently 11a-8p daily
    • Pickup (online, walk-in)
    • Delivery (Caviar, DoorDash)
    • 8+1 or Minelli
    • Meat/Cheese: 8+1 (Genoa salami, hot capicola, prosciutto, sharp Provolone), Minnelli (hot capicola, peppered ham, prosciutto, pecorino romano)
    • Toppings: 8+1 (lettuce, tomato, onion, EVOO + red wine vinegar, house seasoning), Minelli (spicy aioli, oven dried tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil, arugula, EVOO + red wine vinegar, house seasoning)
    • $12.10 (8+1), $13.20 (Minelli)
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Santucci’s Italian Delicatessan  (Silver Spring, Maryland)
    • currently M-Sat 10a-8p, closed Sun
    • Pickup (call 301-593-8338)
    • Italian Cold Cut Submarine
    • Meat/Cheese: Italian meats and provolone cheese on 10″ (12″ available, as is 10″ hard roll or whole wheat rolls)
    • Toppings:  creamy Italian herb dressing, homemade oil and vinegar and hot peppers, lettuce, tomato and onions. Mayo and mustard available
    • $10.55 (regular 10 inch) $12.67 (12 inch)
  • Filippo’s Italian Specialties (Wheaton, Maryland)
    • M-Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9a-2p
    • Pickup (Online, call)
    • Delivery (DoorDash)
    • Italian Cold Cut or Panino (get the latter)
    • Meat/Cheese: Italian Cold Cut (capicola, genoa salami, provolone); Panino (Prosciutto di parma, mortadella, genoa salami, provolone)
    • Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Oil and Vinegar, Hot Pepper, and Italian Herbs
    • $7.37 (regular), $10.55 (large)

Others DC Notables:

All of these are great, but haven’t quite received the recognition due to their location or length of time open. Listed in italics is the name of their most Italian sub.

  • Salumeria 2703 (Brookland, coming to NoMa)
    • M-Th 11a-3p, 4-7p, F 11-3p, 4-8p, Sat 11-8p, Sun 11a-6p
    • Pickup (Chownow, walk-in)
    • Italiano Sandwich
    • $14
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Italian Gourmet Deli (Downtown)
    • M-F 7a-8p, Sat 8a-4p
    • Pickup (Chownow, walk-in)
    • Delivery (Chownow, possibly in-house)
    • True Italian Sub or Spicy I
    • $10.45
  • Subbies (co-located with Coconut Club in Union Market area)
    • currently closed
    • Ponza Scheme
    • $13.75
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Each Peach Market (Mt. Pleasant)
    • 9a-8p daily
    • Pickup (order online)
    • The Dude
    • $10.15
  • Mother Rucker’s Subs (Carver/Langston near H St NE)
    • M-Sat 10:30a-6p, closed Sun.
    • Pickup (call)
    • Delivery (DoorDash, GrubHub, UberEats)
    • Mother-load (get it Mother’s Way)
    • $8.75 (regular), $11 (12″)
  • Sorrelina (Dupont)
    • Currently Tue-Sat 8a-8p, Sun 8a-6p, closed Mon.
    • Pickup (online)
    • Delivery (UberEats, Grubhub)
    • #5 Lynn
    • $12.10
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Subbs by Carl (Woodridge in NE)
    • M-Sat 9a-4;55p, closed Sun
    • Pickup (call (202) 529-6225 or walk-in)
    • Genoa Salami (#1)
    • $7.70
  • Bozelli’s (Downtown, coming to Georgetown, couple in the suburbs)
    • M-F 10a-7p, Sat 11a-4p, closed Sun.
    • Metro Italian
    • $8.80

Other notable in suburbs:

Twinbrook Deli (Rockville), Cornucopia (Bethesda, MD), Gemelli’s Italian Market (Gaithersburg), New York Italian Deli (Brandywine, MD), Pasta Plus (Laurel, MD), Seminary Beer Wine & Deli (Silver Spring, MD) The Italian Place (Old Town Alexandria, VA)


Best Chinese Food in DC

ChiKo on Barracks Row made this list, though it’s a different style than most on the list

Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is where to find the best Chinese food (or Chinese American food in many instances) in DC.

Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia proper rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them. “Alcohol” available doesn’t mean alcohol is necessarily available for pickup/delivery, but generally shows whether it’s more sit-down or not.

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2020

Mentioned Most

  • Panda Gourmet (Ivy City):
    • No in-house delivery but order direct via DoorDash partnership
    • 3rd-Party: UberEats
    • No alcohol anymore.
  • Great Wall (14th/Logan):
    • No in-house Delivery.
    • 3rd Party: DoorDash (slightly pricier)
    • Alcohol available
  • Dumplings & Beyond (Glover Park)
    • In-house Delivery appears available-$25 min. Free. 2 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, DoorDash
    • 10 types of dumplings and other traditional Chinese food

Mentioned 2nd Most

  • City Lights of China (Dupont)
    • Call 202-265-6688 (online ordering down)
    • In-House Delivery – $15 min to Dupont Circle area. Free.
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): DoorDash, Grubhub, UberEats, Postmates
    • Alcohol available.
  • 14th Street Café Asian Bistro (14th/Logan)
    • Also available for pickup via BeyondMenu
    • No In-House delivery
    • 3rd Party: Grubhub
    • Alcohol available

Mentioned 3rd Most

  • China Boy (Chinatown)
    • Ritual or call 202-371-1661
    • No Delivery. Barely any seats. Open only 9a-4:30p
    • Tight menu, known for rice noodles
  • New Big Wong (Chinatown)
    • Currently not open for lunch.
    • Call 202-628-0491
    • No in-house delivery.
    • 3rd party: Grubhub, DoorDash
    • Favorite of late night chefs Alcohol available

Mentioned 4th Most

  • China Town Carryout (Mt Pleasant)
    • Call 202-332-8955
    • No In-House Delivery. Barely any seats
    • 3rd Party: Postmates
  • ChiKo (Dupont/Barracks Row)
    • Toast for pickup
    • 3rd Party: Caviar (recommended), DoorDash
    • Korean/Chinese. Higher end. Alcohol available.
  • Wok and Roll (Chinatown)
    • Call 202-347-4656 or order online (takes you to Grubhub
    • In-House Delivery (via Grubhub). $15 min. $1. 2 miles.
    • 3rd Part (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, UberEats, DoorDash
    • Also sushi, karaoke. Alcohol available. Same building as the Mary Surratt Boarding House where John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators met to assassinate Lincoln.

Mentioned 5th Most

  • Chen’s Organic Chinese (Cleveland Park)
    • In-House Delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $15 min. Free delivery. 2 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): DoorDash, Caviar, UberEats, Postmates,
  • Young Chow (Capitol Hill)
    • In-House Delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $13 min. $0.50. 2 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, Post
    • Sushi available. Alcohol available.
  • Da Hong Pao (14th/Logan Circle)
    • Call 202-846-7229 (no Online ordering)
    • No-In House Delivery
    • 3rd Party: Postmates (but unclear if partner)
    • Cantonese/Dim sum. Alcohol available
  • Chinatown Express (Chinatown)
    • Call 202-638-0424
    • In-House delivery at night
    • 3rd Party: DoorDash, Postmates
    • Known for noodles, dumplings, steamed pork buns

Mentioned 6th Most

  • Szechuan House (Barracks Row)
    • In-House delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $15 min. $1.10. 2.5 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub
    • Alcohol available
  • Hong Kong Carryout (Hill East)
    • Basically carryout only. Call 202-546-5528
    • 3rd Party Delivery: not recommended but DoorDash, Postmates will order and pickup
  • New Dynasty (Dupont)
    • In-house Delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $15 min. Free within 1 mile.
    • 3rd Party Delivery (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, Uber Eats
  • Jackey Café (Chinatown)
    • In-house delivery. Online/BeyondMenu. $15 min. $3.95. 2 miles
    • 3rd party delivery (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, DoorDash, UberEats
    • Alcohol available
  • Eddies’ Café (Woodley Park)
    • In-House Delivery. Online/BeyondMenu. $12 min. $1. 3 miles.
    • 3rd party delivery (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub,
    • Normally Outdoor seating only
  • Shanghai Lounge (Georgetown/Burleith)
    • No in-house delivery (at least right not now). Online/BeyondMenu for pickup
    • 3rd Party: Grubhub, DoorDash UberEats (slightly pricier)
    • More pan-Asian, soup dumplings, ramen. Alcohol availaBle
  • Twin Dragon (Brightwood Park/Petworth)
    • No in-house delivery. Call 202-545-0033 for Pickup
    • 3rd Party: Grubhub UberEats
  • Tsim Yung (Brookland)
    • In-House Delivery: Online/BeyondMenu. $12 min. $1. 2 miles.
    • 3rd party: Grubhub, UberEats
  • Reren Lamen & Bar (Chinatown)
    • Does not appear to have in-house delivery. Online ordering may be available.
    • 3rd Party: DoorDash, UberEats
    • Lamen (like ramen), soup dumplings. Alcohol available

Sorted By Neighborhood (including other spots mentioned)

  • Penn Quarter/Chinatown
    • China Boy
    • New Big Wong
    • Wok and Roll
    • Chinatown Express
    • Jackey Cafe
    • Reren Lamen & Bar
    • Joy Luck House
    • Full Kee
  • Georgetown/Glover Park/Palisades
    • Dumplings & Beyond
    • Shanghai Lounge
    • Harmony Café
    • Kitchen No. 1
    • Chen’s Gourmet
    • Little China Cafe
  • Capitol Hill
    • ChiKo
    • Young Chow
    • Szechuan House
    • Hong Kong Carryout
    • Hunan Dynasty
    • Mandarin
  • Park View/Petworth/Brightwood Park/16th St Heights
    • Twin Dragon
    • Fahrenheit
    • Fortune Express
    • Dannie’s Carry Out
    • Simon’s Wok
    • Howard China
  • H Street/Kingman Park
    • Majors Carryout
    • Toki Underground
    • Copycat
    • Wings & More Wings
  • 14th/U/Logan
    • Great Wall
    • 14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro
    • Da Hong Pao
    • Yum on 14
  • Friendship Heights/Tenleytown/Cleveland Park/Woodley Park
    • Chen’s Organic Chinese
    • Eddie’s Cafe
    • Spring Garden
    • Spices
  • Adams Morgan/Mt Pleasant/Columbia Heights
    • China Town Carryout
    • Peking Garden 
    • Shanghai Tokyo Cafe
    • Queen’s English
  • Dupont
    • City Lights of China
    • ChiKo
    • New Dynasty
    • Astoria
  • Bloomingdale/Eckington
    • Big China
    • Yeung Fong
    • Jerry’s Carryout
  • Trinidad/Ivy City
    • Panda Gourmet
    • Panda Chinese
  • Shaw
    • Tiger Fork
    • Dragon Express
  • Brookland
    • Tsim Yung
    • Sammy’s Carryout
  • Navy Yard/Southwest/Anacostia
    • Grand China
    • Good Hope Carryout

Where to Get Fancy Takeout in DC

The Fanciest Take-Out Barred in DC Has Ordered During the Pandemic

Restaurant Week Delivery from Rasika

A reader recently asked where the top fancy takeout meals in DC were. I had some ideas but as par for course, I asked everyone on Twitter and got roughly 60 suggestions. Those mentioned multiple times are listed below. Almost all (except where noted) are serving on-site as well (patio for many).

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2020

Mentioned Most

  • Seven Reasons (Columbia Heights/U Street) 
    • Tues-Sun nights
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (DoorDash partner for delivery).
    • $60 3 course special. $120/$135 dinner for 2. A la carte options
    • Also Ceviche on Wheels: $120/person. Professional cook shows up. Designed for 4. 5:30p or 8p slots.
  • Roses Luxury (Barracks Row)
    • Tue-Sat 5-7p
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery).
    • $45 4 course Menu avail for purchase at Mon 11a. Must order by 4p
    • Rose’s at Home Option: Delivery within 31 miles w/ own vans/staff. Deliveries 1-6p Mon-Sat. Order by 11a. Can pickup 1-3p Mon-Sat. Meal for 2 (for 2 nights) – $180. Meal for 2 (for 3 nights)- $120. Reheat it.

Mentioned Next Most

  • The Dabney (Shaw)
    • Wed-Sun nights
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery).
    • $45 Prixe Fixe Wed-Sat.
  • Bresca (14th/U)
    • Wed-Sun night (plus sat brunch)
    • Pickup/Delivery: Tock (order via Skipthenline for delivery).
    • $39/person ‘BeeHome” prix-fixe. Or $110 steak house meal for 2.
  • Sushi Taro (Dupont)
    • Tue-Fri lunch/dinner. Sat/Sun dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Toast (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery).
    • A la carte
    • Delivery Set: Email 2 days in advance. $15 delivery fee. $230 wagyu sukiyaki set (not avail Sun/Mon). $100 kaiseki box set (2 order min) (not avail Mon). Within 25 minute drive.
    • Takeout only
  • Little Pearl (Eastern Market)
    • Wed-Sat 5-7:30p
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery). Menu avail for purchase at Mon 11a. Must order by 4p
    • $45 3 course (2 apps, entrée, and dessert). Can add $20 Little Pearl Burger

Next Tier of Mentions

  • Little Serow (Dupont Circle)
    • Tues-Sat after 5:30p (8 or 8:30p close)
    • Pickup & Delivery: Website (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery). Same-day orders
    • $110 7 dishes set dinner for 2. A la carte otherwise
    • Takeout only
  • Rasika (Penn Quarter/West End)
    • PQ: Dinner Daily West End: lunch/dinner every day (except no Sat lunch
    • Pickup & Delivery: Call for pickup, or Caviar/DoorDash for delivery
    • A la carte
  • Reverie (Georgetown)
    • Tue-Sat dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Website (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery. Order pickup by 5p
    • $110 Reverie at Home “Bar Spero” dinner for 2. Great Reverie Burgers with multiple courses.
    • $80 8 burger kit available
  • Masseria (Union Market)
    • Tue-Sat dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery (Masseria a Casa): Order by 2p for same day free delivery (by staff) or pickup. Delivery window is 4-7p. Pickup can arrange specific time. Within Beltway only
    • $85 3 course meal for 2. Optional wine paring.
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Downtown)
    • Daily for lunch/dinner
    • Pickup: Tock or Chownow
    • A La carte. $80 fried chicken dinner for 4. $200 classic shellfish dinner for 4. $125 steak dinner for 4. Customized family platter
  • Kinship (Mt. Vernon Square)
    • Wed-Sun dinner
    • Pickup: Tock at 5 or 5:30p
    • A la carte
  • St. Anselm (Union Market)
    • Dinner daily. Lunch Sat-Sun
    • Pickup/Delivery: Call for pickup, Caviar/DoorDash for Delivery
    • A la carte
  • Albi (Navy Yard)
    • Tues-Sun dinner
    • Pickup: Tock
    • $70-110 family style dinner for two (chicken/bass/lamb/veggie options)
  • Rooster & Owl (14th/U)
    • Tues-Sat dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (via $15 service fee DoorDash or contact Skiptheline 1st to order) delivery
    • $75 3 course menu w/ pineapple buns. A la carte available.
  • The Red Hen (Bloomingdale)
    • Dinner daily
    • Pickup & Delivery: Toast (pickup) or DoorDash/Caviar (delivery)
    • A la carte. $30 pasta dinner for 2 kit to cook at home available
    • Takeout/Delivery Only
  • Maydan (U Street) 
    • Wed-Sun dinner
    • Pickup: Tock (pre-order starting Monday for upcoming Wed-Sun). Same-day pickup available order by 3p
    • Tawle Meals: $35/person mixed grill. $35 vegetables serves at least 2. $22 spreads. $45-85 center meat plates

Mentioned Twice

  • Convivial (Shaw)
    • daily dinner (weekend brunch)
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock for pickup or Caviar for delivery
    • $200+ orders delivered w/in 20 miles (call/email) w/ 24 hours notice
  • Compass Rose (14th)
    • Wed-Sun dinner 4-8p
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (delivery via DoorDash)
    • $80 Tour of the World or Vegetarian Tours (serves 2). Or a la carte
  • Fiola Mare (Georgetown)
    • Pickup/delivery Th-Sun dinner. Order via Toast. Delivery min $150 ($30 fee) within 8 miles.
    • Reheat/Serve. Mix of $130 4-course meal for 2, $192 crab/shrimp boil, $200-250 big box meals. Or a la carte
  • Bad Saint (Columbia Heights)
    • Fri-Sat. Pickup only online.
    • $60-85 dinner for 2. A la carte
    • Takeout only
  • Elizabeth’s Gone Raw (Downtown)
    • Thu-Sun dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock. Delivery in-house within 8 miles (limited)
    • 3 course ($39) or 4 course ($56) organic plant-based
  • Tail Up Goat (Adams Morgan)
    • Wed-Sat dinner
    • $50 3 course dinner (rotates ). Re-heat and warm. Wraps available
  • Nina May (Shaw)
    • Tue-Sun (brunch Sat-Sun)
    • Pickup/Delivery: Tock (delivery to Shaw/Logan Circle)
    • $70 Chef’s Choice for 2 (6 dishes) or a la carte
  • DC Harvest (H Street)
    • Wed-Sun Dinner, brunch Fri-Sun (brunch menu always available)
    • Pickup/Delivery: Online for pickup, Grubhub delivery
    • $44-61 2 course meal package for 2. A la carte


Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in DC

The Smith Skillet Roasted Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Delivered version.

[Up-to-date as of August 10th, 2020]
Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is where to find the best macaroni and cheese (mac ‘n’ cheese) in DC.

Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them.

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Most Mentioned:

  • Duke’s Grocery/Counter (Dupont, Foggy Bottom, Woodley Park/Zoo area)
    • $14
    • Sharp white & mild cheddar /shell pasta /truffle oil
  • Barrel (Eastern Market)
    • Currently only available on special days
    • $14
    • possible ingredients: goat, fontal, parmesan, and gruyere cheeses with a crunchy gremolata on top
  • Farmbird (H Street)
    • $3.35 (can also be included as side with plate/sandwich)
    • Cheddar, toasted bread crumbs (fast casual)
  • The Smith (PQ and U Street)
    • $17 skillet roasted Mac + cheese

Mentioned Next Most

  • Brookland’s Finest
    • $12 Lardon bacon mac & cheese
    • Smoked gouda, Tillamook cheddar, gemeli pasta
  • Granville Moore’s / Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $14 ($11.90 takeout) Gnocchi mac & cheese (usually at Granville Moore’s, but now at Queen Vic during pandemic)

Mentioned Multiple Times

  • Bourbon Steak (Georgetown)
    • $14 black truffle mac & cheese ($30 w/ lobster)
  • Hill Country (Penn Quarter)
    • $6.25 (6 oz.), $10.75 (16 oz)
    • Longhorn Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Federalist Pig (Adams Morgan)
    • $2.73 (Sm), $7.50 (lg) mac & cheese
    • Shell pasta baked with smoked cheddar and jack cheeses
  • Service Bar (U Street)
    • $6 mac and cheese
    • Fusilli w/ gruyere, chevre, and jack cheese, mornay sauce topped w/ rosemary breadcrumbs
  • Oooh’s and Aaah’s (U Street, Brightwood Park)
    • $4.45 (med), $5.45 (lg)

Others Mentioned: Pub and the People, District Soul Food, Lincoln, Half Smoke, Rockland’s, Le Diplomate, Tico, Florida Ave. Grill, Union District Oyster Bar, Park at 14TH, DC Harvest

Where to Get the Best Lasagna in DC

Lasagna from Nostra Cocina

Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is where to get best lasagna in DC. Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them (my expertise would be useless as I’m not a food critic). See original lasagna thread and a bonus poll.

Last Updated: Aug 4, 2020

Most Mentions

  • Filomena (Georgetown)
    • $25 Lasagna Alla Bolegnese (serves 1-2)
    • House made Pasta Sheets layered with Ricotta & Mozzarella Cheeses and Bolognese Meat Sauce of Beef, Veal, Italian Pork Sausage and Chianti Wine with Ground Veggies
    • Pickup/Delivery/Inside Dining
  • Nostra Cucina (Capitol Hill)
    • $15 lasagna with meat
      • Beef, pork, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, housemade marinara sauce
    • $15 lasagna primavera
      • Mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant, zucchini, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, housemade meatless marinara sauce
    • Pickup/Delivery/Inside Dining
  • Floriana (Dupont)
    • $22 Beef lasagna
    • Beef, béchamel, house made mozzarella
    • Pickup/Delivery/Outdoor Dining

Mentioned Multiple Times

  • Al Volo Trattoria & Bar (Cleveland Park)
    • $20 – beef lasagna
    • Homemade pomodoro sauce with cherry tomatoes and basil,Beef Ragu, Mozzarella cheese, béchamel, and Parmesan Cheese.
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • Osteria Al Volo (Adams Morgan)
    • $19 – Beef lasagna
    • Homemade grass fed beef lasagna, tomato sauce, beschamel, and mozzarella. Served with grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese.
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • Al Volo (Union Market)
    • $15 – beef lasagna
    • Pickup/delivery

Pre-Made/Frozen/Bake at Home

  • Salumeria 2703 (Brookland)
    • $9 (per pound) Take-home meat lasagna
    • Ground beef, tomato sauce, house made pasta, fresh mozzarella, house made béchamel sauce, ricotta, basil, parmigiana. Sam Marzano tomato sauce. Bake at 375
    • Pickup
  • Vace (Cleveland Park)
    • Frozen lasagna
    • Beef and ricotta w/ tomato sauce and Parmesan or
    • Spinach and ricotta with tomato sauce, béchamel, and Parmesan
  • Radici (Eastern Market)
    • Pre-prepared (behind case) lasagna
    • Pikcup/Outdoor Dinign

Others Mentioned: Retrobottega (Adams Morgan; oxtail lasagna); Trattoria Alberto (Barracks Row); Lavagna (Barracks Row); Tune Inn (Capitol Hill, Saturday lasagna from Apresto Italian); Basil Thyme food truck; Sorriso Bistro (Cleveland Park – lasagna made with crepes); A Litteri’s (Union Market); Chopsmith (The Wharf);  Capo Italian Deli (Shaw); Piccolo (Georgetown),

Where to Get the Best French Fries, Tater Tots, and Poutine in DC

Rooming Rooster’s french fries received many votes (also only pictures of fries I’ve taken I can find online)

[Up-to-date as of August 9th, 2020)
Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is a 3-for-1 combining fried potato-specifically French fries as well as tater tots and poutine in DC. Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them (my expertise would be useless as I’m not a food critic). See original French Fries Tater Tots and Poutine Twitter threads.

(ketchup general available or provided when nothing is mentioned, and often in other situations)


The Best of the Best

  • Le Diplomate (14th St)
    • $8 pommes frites
    • Included with mussels/lobster/steak frites, burger (also on Best Burgers List)
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-In
  • Granville Moore’s (H Street)
    • $7 frites (hand-cut, twice fried)
    • Choice of 2 sauces (truffle mayo, chipotle mayo, old bay aioli, samurai sauce, curry mayo, dijonnaise).
    • Included with burgers and most entrees
    • currently not available pop-up Italian spot open Fri-Sat. Sometimes at Queen Vic
  • Medium Rare (Cleveland Park, Bethesda, Arlington)
    • Not available a la carte
    • Secret Sauce
    • Part of $24 steak frites prix fixe. $28 bottomless brunch
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-In

The Next Best

  • Five Guys (several all over city)
    • $4.09 (little), $5.19 (regular) $6.79 (large) fries. Cajun fries available. (cooked in 100% peanut oil)
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor Dine-In
  • Red Apron Butcher (Penn Quarter, Cap Hill)
    • $6 aged beef fat fries
    • Ranch aioli
    • Included with steak frites
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • The Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $8 ($6.80 call/pickup) hand-cut “chips” (British-style, a bit thicker
    • House aioli
    • Included with fish & chips (considered best in DC), fried chicken BLT, kids chicken fingers/cheese burger
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-in

Lots of Support

  • Roaming Rooster (Bladensburg/NE, U Street,)
    • $2.50 (small), $3.50 (large) hand cut twice-fried
    • Honey mustard, sriracha mayo
    • Pickup/Delivery (best chicken sandwich)
  • Amsterdam Falafel (Adams Morgan, L’Enfant)
    • $4 (small), $5 (regular) Dutch-style, twice fried
    • Unlimited sauces apparently (garlic cream (both vegan and not), curried ketchup, ketchup, Dutch mayo, tahini, peanut sauce
    • Pickup (Adams Morgan only)/Delivery
  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan, Union Market)
    • $6 thick “chips”, $7 curry chips (chips with Irish pub curry sauce over it)
    • Malt vinegar mayo w/ thick chips. $1 extra for spicy sambal ketchup, lucky sauce, or mumbo sauce
    • Pickup/Delivery/Outdoor Dine-In (Adams Morgan) (one of best burgers)
  • Belga Café (Barracks Row)
    • $8 Belgian frites
    • 3 types of mayo served
    • Included with roasted chicken, burger, steak, stew, steak tartare
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-In
  • Beuchert’s (Eastern Market)
    • $8 Kennebec (potato) French fries
    • Sauce ravigote (classic French herby sauce)
    • Included with $2 surcharge with burger and sandwiches
    • Pickup/Delivery/Outdoor Dine-in
    • Currently not available
  • Bourbon Steak (Georgetown)
    • $10 Duck fat french fry trio (truffle, garlic & herbs, old bay).
    • 3 small baskets of fries with different seasonings and 3 different sauces
    • Comes with entrée (like bread). Sometimes part of a weekday burger lunch deal (one of best burgers)
    • Pickup/Outdoor Dine-In

Mentioned At Least Twice

  • Swizzler (food truck)- $2.25 (hand-cut French fries), $4.25 (parmesan truffle fries)
  • Federalist Pig/Fedwich (Adams Morgan/Dupont)- $2.50 (small), $6.50 (large) skin-on fries seasoned w/ house bbq rub. Included with sandwiches at Fedwich ($3 extra if more)
  • MGM Roast Beef (Brentwood) – $3 (half), $4 (full) fresh cut French fries
  • The Greek Spot (U Street) – $4 fries seasoned with Greek Spot special seasoning
  • DC9 (Shaw) – $5 garlic fries (garlic, herbs, sea salt w/ horseradish sauce). Included with burgers and sandwiches.
  • Looking Glass Lounge (Park View) – $5 fries, $6 garlic/old bay/seasoned curly fries, $7 cheesy fries
  • Brookland’s Finest – $5.50 hand cut fries. Included with burgers and sandwiches
  • The Berliner (Georgetown) – $7 fries (w/ mayo)
  • Cork (14th) – $8 – garlic/parsley, lemon, fries w/ house-made ketchup
  • The Salt Line (Navy Yard) – $8 fries. Included with burger and sandwiches.
  • Bonchon (Navy Yard) – $8 seasoned French fries (herb seasoning, Parmesan cheese, parsley flakes)
  • Primrose (Brookland)- $9 pommes frites w/ ketchup & Mayo
  • Blue Duck Tavern (West End) – $13 ($14 at dinner) – Hand-cut Blue Duck Tavern triple fries (duck fat fries). Pretty thick.
  • Ivy and Coney: (Shaw) $6 – curly fries

Others Mentioned: Roy Boys, The DIner, Bom, Walter’s, Burger IM, Muncheez, Andy’s Pizza, Eat Pow Wow, Joselito, Shake Shack, McDonald’s, Falafel Inc., Capital Burger, Duccini’s Alladin’s, FIrefly, DCity Smokehouse, East Potomac GV, Emilie’s, Residents, Good Stuff Eatery, Soussi, Wingo’s, Zorba’s, Kramer’s, Tune Inn, Hank’s Oyster, Little Miner Tacos (carne asada fries), Slash Run (Curly fries), The Alex, Popeyes, Half Smoke (Crab fries), Bistro du Coin, Old Ebbitt, Cafe Riggs, The Sovereign, St. Arnold’s, The Green Zone, Brasserie Liberte


The Top Tot

  • Bluejacket (Navy Yard)
    • $7.50 tots (housemade)
    • Ketchup, dijoinnaise
    • $2 extra to smother it in cheddar, tasso ham gravy
    • Pickup/Delivery/ Outdoor Dining


  • Sticky Rice  (H Street)
    • $6.83 (mini), $10.75 (large bucket)
    • Secret tater tot sauce
    • $12.50 Tater-achoes (topped w/ chili, Sriracha, cheese, bacon & sour cream)
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • Tonic (Foggy Bottom)
    • $8.50 famous tater tots
    • Chipotle honey mustard, jalapeno aioli, curry ketchup
    • Included with sandwiches and burgers. $5 extra on entrees (or during HH)
    • $14 totchos or buffalo chicken tots
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor & Outdoor Dining

Next Group of Favorites

  • Churchkey (14th St)
    • $8 housemade tater tots
    • Add $3 to get it with sandwich/plate
    • Currently closed
  • Union Pub (Capitol Hill)
    • $10 plain ole tots
    • Chipotle ranch
    • Add $2 to sandwiches, plates, burgers to sub side of tots
    • $16 chicken totchos / old bay crab tots/ or buffalo chicken totchos
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor & Outdoor Dining
  • ChiKo (Dupont/Barracks Row)
    • $8 ChiKo Tots (just available at Dupont)
    • Chili miso aioli
    • Nats Game Day special available at both :$14 Bulgogi tots (bulgogi beef, kimchi cheese, green onion
    • Pickup/Delivery

Those With Multiple Mentions

  • The Big Hunt (Dupont)
    • $7 (plain or cajun seasoning)
    • $1 extra for chili, or cheese. 50 cent diced onions
    • Currently Closed
  • Tune Inn (Cap Hill)
    • $4-5
    • Currently not available
  • Red Derby (Columbia Heights)
    • $7
    • pickup/delivery/dining indoors and outdoors
  • Calico (Shaw) 
    • $6 regular tots
    • $10 loaded tots (cheddar, sour cream, bacon, scallion)
    • Pickup/dining indoors and outdoors
  • Pearl Street Warehouse (The Wharf)
    • $5 original
    • $10 Viet-Tots (Hoisin, sriracha, cilantro, scallion, peanuts), $11 loded tots (queso, bacon, scallions, sour cream)
    • Currently may not be available.
  • The Haymaker (H Street)
    • $5 tots
    • Sriracha mayo
    • $10 hot mess tots (Crispy tater tots w/ shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, scallions, & sriracha mayo)
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (H Street)
    • $6.50 tots
    • Lots of extra toppings available for $ – chopped corned beef, cheddar cheese, old bay, bacon, chopped raw onion, queso, shredded provolone, jalapeños, chili
    • pickup/delivery/outdoor dining

Others Mentioned: Nellie’s, Tortilla Coast, Union Trust, Yellow, Duffy’s,  Stoney’s, Kelly’s Irish Times, The Bottom Line, PJ Clarke’s

Suburbs Mentioned a lot: Galaxy Hut (Clarendon), Quarry House Tavern (Silver Spring)


  • The Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $19 (roughly $16 takeout) Pork Belly Poutine
    • Most mentioned
  • Pow Pow (H Street)
    • $6 Pow-Tine
    • fries w/ warm curry gravy, house made soy feta & scallions (Plant-based
  • The Big Board (H Street)
    • $10-12 Quebec City burger is topped with poutine
  • Elephant & Castle (Downtown/Penn Quarter)
    • currently unavailble
  • Churchkey (Logan Circle)
    • temporarily closed
    • tot poutine
  • Haikan (Shaw)
    • Currently unavailable


Best Fried Fish in DC – Reader Suggestions

Fried Catfish from Shark’s Fish & Chicken

[See other Barred in DC Food lists here]

After Horace & Dickie’s closed their longtime H Street location earlier this year, there have been questions who will be the iconic fried fish joint left in DC. I asked Barred in DCs Twitter followers for best fried fish in DC and here were their responses.

Last Updated: Aug 4, 2020

Most Responses 

  • The Queen Vic (H Street)
    • open for dinner Tue-Sun
    • DIne-in/pickup (call)/delivery (UberEats/Grubhub)
    • Fish & Chips
    • $19 ($16.15 takeout)
  • Fish in the Neighborhood (Park View)
    • May be closed Sun-Mon
    • Pickup (may be able to call 202-722-2200)
    • whiting, ocean perch, trout, tilapia, catfish. Also “bone fish” (bass, butter fish, croaker, ling, spot, red snapper, rock (see photo menu)
    • Mostly $10-12/pound
    • may still be cash only

Mostly Take-Out Spots 

  • Horace & Dickie’s (Takoma)
    • Possibly only open 12:30p-7p Th-Sun for now
    • Some seating/pickup/delivery (UberEats possibly)
    • Fried Whiting filets (dinners with sides, combos, boxes, and sandwich
    • $9.50 (sandwich), $10 (box), $15 (dinner), $15.50 (combo)
  • DC Fishwife (Union Market)
    • Open daily for meals 10:45a-5/ 6p (for now)
    • Pickup (online)/Delivery (UberEats)
    • Beer-Battered Atlantic Dogfish (changes), in different Meals (Fish & chips, fish taco-3, po-boy, fish sandwich)
    • $14-15
  • Oooh’s & Aaah’s (U St / Brightwood)
    • Both Open daily from Noon-10p. U St open til 1a Fri/Sat
    • Pickup (Online/Toast), Delivery (Postmates)
    • Catfish, whiting available
    • $10.45 (whiting-3 pieces); $14.95 (catfish-4 pieces). +$4 for 2 sides, Late night platters/combos available
  • The Market Lunch (Eastern Market)
    • Open roughly 9a-2p Tue-Sun
    • Pickup (now call 202-547-8444 and someone will come pickup order)
    • Rockfish, Flounder, Whiting fried fish sandwiches
    • $12, $11, $9 respectively
    • May still be cash only
  • Shark’s  Fish & Chicken (Ivy City, Benning/NE)
    • Carryout. Check online or call. UberEats, DoorDash, and other delivery services.
    • whiting, ocean perch, trout, tilapia, catfish
    • $10-11 (2-3 pieces with a couple sides), $12-13 (3-4 pieces with a couple sides). Can also order by piece ($4-5/each, volume discount). Can buy 50-100 for large group
    • Part of Chicago-area loose chain
  • HipHop Fish & Chicken (Benning/NE)
    • Carryout. Call in order. UberEats, GrubHub, and other delivery services.
    • Whiting, ocean perch, trout, tilapia, catfish
    • $8.50-$10 (3 pc), $11-12 (3-4 pc). Order by piece ($3-4.50)
    • Local chain with nearly 30 spots

Sit-Down Spots Mentioned:

Best Pizza in DC

Timber Pizza (photo by Barred in DC)

Last Updated August 28, 2020

[See other Barred in DC Food lists here]

Nearly everyone loves pizza, though people are skeptical often about pizza in DC. I think the average slice is just average or worse, but there are some great ones. A Twitter follower posed this question: “Any ideas for pizza delivery in DC that isn’t personal sized or deep dish or Detroit? I swear I’m not picky – just want a plain ole pie” and roughly 120 replies later, here we are. I’ve expanded list to include spots that were mentioned that didn’t answer the question (in typical Twitter fashion) but were good pizzas. (Note: I’ve only eaten from half of these spots, so this list is a combination of crowd-sourced popular acclamation and personal experience).

Those in red are particular ones mentioned by many and/or Barred in DC pick.

Traditional NY Style Pizza

Prices for 1 topping pizza (size indicated). Not including tip + tax.

Cheap For DC 

These are not necessarily better than all the ones listed below, but have the best value proposition.

  • Duccini’s Pizza (Adams Morgan)
    • Order online (in-house) or call. Available via Grubhub (no fee?)
    • Delivery w/in 2-3 miles (appears to deliver as far east as 6th St NW and far west as 26th St NW. As far north as Monroe St NW). Free delivery.
    • $13.99 (12″), $15.29 (14″), $16.59 (16″)
    • Slices available in person. Since 1988. Top choice by many.
  • Pizza D’Oro (Shaw, Columbia Heights)
    • Order online or via DC To GoGo App
    • Delivery zones- Shaw (20004, 20005, 20036(?) 20009, 20008, 20001, 20002 (not past 4th st NE), Col. Heights (20010, 20012, 20011, 20008, 20017)
    • $10.34 (10″), $12.54 (12″), $14.74 (14″), $15.94 (16″)
    • Slices available in-person
  • Angelico La Pizzeria (Tenleytown, Shepherd Park., Glover Park, MtP)
    • Order Online
    • $10.49 (10″), $15.49 (14″), $18 (16″) $2 delivery fee
    • Slices available in person
  • Sicilian Pizza (Trinidad/off H St)
    • Order online or via BeyondMenu app
    • Delivery w/in 2.5 miles; $3 delivery fee. Serves most of Capitol Hill.
    • $12.49 (12″), $14.74 (14″), $16.99 (16″)
    • slices may be available in-person
  • Mama’s Kitchen and Pizza (Anacostia)
    • Order online, via Slice App, UberEats, Grubhub
    • Delivery $2-3 fee (much of east of the river, Navy Yard, The Wharf)
    • $11.74 (12″), $15.24 (14″), $17.49 (16″)
    • Slices available in-person

More Typical Price for DC

  • Wiseguy Pizza (PQ/Chinatown, Navy Yard, Foggy Bottom-currently closed)
    • Order online or via app for Pickup (Curbside Carryout)
    • Delivery via Grubhub (Navy Yard only).
    • $23 pickup / $30 delivery (18″)
    • Slices (possibly not now or only in-person)
    • Most mentioned
  • We The Pizza (Capitol Hill)
    • Order online (Curbside pickup or delivery)/ $2 delivery fee
    • $20 (14″), $22 (16″) (including most specialty)
    • $4.50 Slices available via pickup/delivery
    • One of most mentioned
  • Andy’s Pizza (Shaw/U St, Navy Yard from Atlas Brew Works)
    • Order online (Online-Shaw, Toast-Navy Yard) or in person at Atlas. Shaw is closed M-Tue.
    • Delivery available from Shaw online-Fee roughly $2-7 based on distance
    • $24 (18″)
    • $4 slices
  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City)
    • Order Online (closed Sun-Mon) or ToastTab. Free delivery
    • $19 (Smaller), $22 (large)
    • Brooklyn, Napoli, Sicilian, Detroit, Chicago Styles available (see below)

Pickup Only (Apparently not NY-Style, but super cheap)

  • Vace Italian Deli (Cleveland Park) 
    • Order in-person or call 202-363-1999
    • $12.25 (14″), $14.50 (16″)
    • $2.50 slices.
    • Since 1976. Not open for Sun dinner

Others Mentioned More Than Once: Ledo, Pizza Walay

Non-NY Style or Sit-Down Spots


  • Timber Pizza (Petworth)
    • Order online for pickup (not currently available for dine-in, though normally). Hellbender weekly for mobile takeout and other places around town. Mobile ovens at farmers markets
    • Delivery via Caviar (15% service fee, free delivery usually)
    • $14.50 (10″)
    • Neapolitan-ish style
  • 2 Amy’s (Cathedral Heights)
    • Order online for pickup (not currently available for dine-in)
    • No Delivery
    • $16.50 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont, Georgetown, Spring Valley)
    • Order online for pickup (Dine-in/patio avaialble)
    • Delivery (UberEats-Dupont, Spring Valley/Georgetown-Doordash). 15% service charge, $2-3 fee
    • $14 (9″), $20 (12″) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan style
  • Stellina Pizzeria (Union Market Area/NoMa)
    •  Order online (Toast)/in-person for pickup (outdoor seating now available, indoor normally; counter ordering)
    • Delivery (DoorDash/Caviar). 12% service charge
    • $15 (10″)
    • “Neo-Neapolitan”
  • Menomale (Brookland)
    • Order online for pickup. Dine-in available now.
    • Delivery does not appear to be available even by 3rd party app
    • $14 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan  (DOP certified)
  • Etto (14th St/Logan)
    • Order online for pickup (no dine-in right now)
    • Delivery (ChohNow)
    • $17 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan-style
    • Closed Mondays/Tuesdays

Detroit Style

  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City)
    • Order Online (closed Sun-Mon) or ToastTab
    • Pickup and Delivery
    • $25 Detroit
    • Also $28 Brooklyn, $28 Napoli-Nonna, $24 Sicilian, $34 Chicago Deep Dish
  • Ivy & Coney (Shaw)
    • Order Online and DC To Go-Go app for pickup and delivery (dine-in not available now)
    • $5 delivery fee
    • $16 Detroit pizza (+$2 for pepperoni)
  • Red Light (14th Street)
    • Order via Caviar, DoorDash Grubhub for pickup or delivery (dine-in may be available for now)
    • $13 Detroit Pizza (+$2 for pepperoni)
  • Emmy Squared (Shaw)
    • Order Online for pickup (normally dine-in, but not now)
    • Delivery (UberEats-$2 delivery, 15% service fee, Caviar-free delivery, 12% service fee)
    • Mostly around $16-18 for Detroit-style

Other Style

  • All Purpose (Shaw, Navy Yard)
    • Order online (ToastTab) for pickup (or outdoor dining at Navy Yard)
    • Delivery (DoorDash / Caviar). $3-4 delivery fee, 12% service charge.
    • $18-20 (12″)
    • Jersey-Style, deck-oven
  • Comet Ping Pong (Upper NW)
    • Order online (Chownow)for pickup. Dine-in available now.
    • Delivery (Chownow, or Caviar). Chownow-$6.75 flat fee. Caviar-12% service charge + free delivery.
    • $11.45 for 1 topping (10″), $15 for most specialty
    • New Haven-style
  • Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza (Friendship Heights)
    • Order online (Toast). Normally in-person casual, sit only)
    • In-House Delivery via Toast. Roughly 5% service charge
    • $8.75 (10″), $12.50 (12″), $17.50 (14″), $22.50 (18″). Specialty pizzas 33%ish more
    • $3.25 Slices available
    • New Haven-style
  • Bacio (Bloomingdale)
    • Order in-person or call 202-232-2246. Can eat-in or patio
    • $10.95 (10″), $14.95 (14″) – takeaway only ($2 more for dine-in)
    • Unclear style
  • Sonny’s (Park VIew)
    • Order online for pickup (outdoor dining available)
    • Delivery (Caviar)
    • $26 for whole pie
    • $4 slices available
    • Sicilian-style

Other Notable Ones:  RedRocks, Nicoletta, Pi Pizzeria, Tino’s, Mellow Mushroom,  Union Pie/Union Stage, Homeslyce, Oath Pizza (best fast casual), Piccolina’s, A Baked Joint, Little Beast, Old City Market

Where to Find Best Bagels in DC

Bagel prepared in the Barred in DC-style (butter cut into quarters)

Someone (not from NY) posted something about a terrible DC bagel yesterday and it got all the likes. So I thought it would be best to make a list of all the DC proper (that is within the limits of the District of Columbia for the complainers out there) spots that you can get a great bagel. Here are details (hours of operation subject to change). Not in any kind of order.

Last Updated: Aug 4, 2020

Bagel Spots (Bagels is in the Name)

  • Bagels, etc. (Dupont)
    • 6a-4p M-Sat, 6a-3p Sun
    • Pickup only (may be able to call ahead 202-466-7171)
  • Bethesda Bagels (Dupont, Navy Yard in DC)
    • 7:30a-2p daily
    • Pickup: Online preorder preferred, walk-in accepted
    • Delivery: Place by 8p for next day using form ($25 min, $5 fee)  OR UberEats
  • Bullfrog Bagels (Eastern Market, H Street, Brookland, Tenleytown Food Truck)
    • EM: 7a-2p M-F, 8a-2p Sat-Sun; H St: 7a-2p Tue-Sun; Brookland: 7a-1p Fri-Sun; Tenley Truck: 8a-1p W-F, 9a-2p Sat-Sun
    • Pickup: Chownow/Onlne, Text 33733 on Mobile Phone, Online for next day orders
    • Delivery: Doordash, Online for next day/future orders.
  • Pearl’s Bagels (Mt Vernon Square)
    • Thu-Sun 8a-Noon
    • Pickup: Order Online

Recommended Highly-But Bagel is Not in Name

  • Call Your Mother (Park View, Barracks Row, Georgetown)
    • 8a-1p Tue-Sun
    • Pickup: ToastTab/Online
    • Shyne Bagel and challah sandwiches popular

Not Necessarily Just Bagel Spots/Bakery/Deli

  • Baked by Yael (CP/Woodley Park across from zoo, Satellite location in Dupont at JCCC, Farmer’s Markets)
    • 8a-4p daily at main location, 7:30a-noon M-F at JCCC
    • Pickup: Walk-in, Online ($5 min)
    • Delivery: Online ($15 min; shipping available w/ $20 min), possibly UberEats
    • Known for cakepops but bagels are reportedly great
  • Buffalo & Bergen (Capitol Hill, Union Market)
    • 8a-3p W-Sun,  (currently only Capitol Hill)
    • Pickup: Online/ToastTab, Call 202-525-3350
    • Delivery: UberEats
  • So’s Your Mom (Adams Morgan)
    •  7a-4p daily
    • Pickup: Walk-in, call (maybe) 202-462-3666
    • Deli/Cash only
  • GW Deli (Foggy Bottom)
    • 6:30a-4p M-F, 8a-3p Sat
    • Pickup: Walk-in, Online/Ritual
    • Delivery: UberEats
    • Reportedly DC’s best trad’l bacon egg and cheese
  • Sweet Crimes (Logan Circle/U Street)
    • 9a-3p W-F, 10a-2p
    • Pickup: Online (Pickup at Ice Cream Jubilee)
    • Delivery: Online for Next Day/Future, DoorDash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, Postmates, Shipping Available
  • Bread Bite Bakery (U Street)
    • 8a-4p (closed Wed)
    • Pickup: Grubhub, Call,
    • Delivery: Grubhub

Where (and How) to Get the Best Burgers in DC

Duke’s Grocery Proper Burger (credit Duke’s Grocery Twitter)

Last Updated November 1, 2020

Fresh off my chicken sandwich post, I thought it would be even better to create a post of best burgers, and even better, generated from my content rather than someone else’s. This directory tells you where to order, how to order, cost of burgers, and what’s on them. Any spots that were recommended multiple times made this list.

Note that a lot of people feel that burgers don’t travel well via delivery, so try either do pickup (eat in your car if you have one) or deliver from places within a couple miles.

The Best in Town

  • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont/Foggy Bottom); Duke’s Counter (Woodley Park)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (online/ToastTab, Caviar, Doordash)
    • Delivery (Caviar, Doordash)
    • Open daily for lunch/dinner
    • $14 (+$4 fries, n/a in Dupont)
    • Proper Burger (two ¼ lb. Creekstone Farms angus, gouda, pickles, charred red onion, sweet chili sauce, arugula, garlic aioli on brioche)
  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan, Union Market)
    • Dine-in/Patio
    • Pickup (Online/Chownow)
    • Delivery (Ubereats)
    • dinner weekdays, lunch/dinner weekends (Adams Morgan); 11:30a-8p W-Sun (Union Market)
    • $15-16 (+$6 fries)
    • 4 options (all with Creekstone Farms beef, gouda cheese and Gordy’s Pickles)
      • Lucky Bun: lucky sauce, grilled red onion, arugula
      • OG Bun: shaved lettuce, raw red onion, yellow mustard, mayo
      • Bogan Bun (favorite): bacon XO jam, lucky sauce, grilled red onion, arugula
      • El Jefe Bun: hatch green chili relish, shaved lettuce, raw red onion, yellow mustard, cotija crema
  • Le Diplomate (14th Street)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (Call, Caviar, or Doordash)
    • Delivery (Caviar or Doordash)
    • Open daily for lunch/dinner
    • $20 (includes fries)
    • $90 kit to make 4 burgers and dilly potato salad
    • Burger Americain (Cheeseburger w/ mayo)
  • The Salt Line (Navy Yard)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (Caviar/possibly walk-up)
    • Delivery (Caviar)
    • dinner weekdays, lunch/dinner weekends
    • $16 New England Smash burger (w/ side- fries, mac/cheese, broccoli rabe, slaw, salad options)
      • 2 ground chuck patties, American cheese, LT, pickle, mayo on potato bun
  • Bourbon Steak (Georgetown):
    • Dine-In only in bar/lounge
    • $21 (+$10 duckfat fries)

Good Neighborhood Spots

  • Brookland’s Finest (Brookland)
    • Dine-In on Patio
    • Pickup (online)
    • Delivery (UberEats)
    • dinner W-Sat, Noon-7:15p Sun (Closed M-Tue)
    • $15.50 Colonel Burger (w/ fries, chips, or house salad)
      • Angus beef, pickled onions, cheddar, applewood smoked bacon on brioche
  • The Big Board (H Street)
    • Dine-in/Patio
    • Pickup (Call)
    • Dinner M-Th, Lunch Dinner F-Sun
    • for LTO only; $7.75 (6 oz), $9.75 (8 oz) (+$5.50 fries, $6.50 onion fries, $7.50 sweet potato fries)
    • 8 other options: $10.25 (6 oz), $12.25 (8 oz) comes with LTO and pickles plus charges for toppings
      • Port D’Amsterdam: sautéed mushrooms, port reduction, aged swiss
      • Ciao Bella: sliced prosciutto, aged mozz, roasted red pepper, sweet red pepper aioli
      • Le Burg-Aire au Poivre: seared w/ cracked black pepper, topped with Wisconsin blue cheese, cognac cream sauce
      • The Big Apple: Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, tomato, pickles
      • Memphis Blues 2.0: Monterrey jack cheese, house bbq sauce, crispy steak cut onion rings
      • The Great Chicago Fire: chipotle-dusted burger, fire-roasted chili/mango salsa, pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli. Side of spicy mango-habanero sauce
      • Quebec City: crispy hand-cut French fries, brown gravy, melted cheese curds
  • Slash Run (Petworth)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (Online/Chownow or DC To Go-Go)
    • Delivery (Online/Chownow)
    • 3-11p M- F, 11a-11p Sat, 11a-9:30p Sun
    • $13-16 (+$5 waffle/shoestring fries) (1/2 priced Mondays?)
    • 9 options (7 oz local beef patty on lyons bakery brioche bun unless stated, upcharges for vegan or gluten free)
      • Classic ($10): LTO
      • Slash Supreme: cheddar, bacon, LTO on pretzel bun
      • Morning Glory: applewood smoked bacon, sunny side-up egg, jalapeno cream cheese, maple syrup aioli
      • South of the Burger: avo, pico de gallo, jalapenos, pepperjack, tortilla chips
      • Rockaway Beef: American cheese, cherry peppers, slash sauce, bacon
      • Barstool Rodeo: bbq sauce, fried onion rings, cheddar, fine ground coffee
      • Otto’s Shrunken Head: Korean bbq, pork rinds, avo, pineapple relish
      • I’ll Have What She’s Having: sunny side up egg, shaved-fried Brussel sprouts, siracha aioli on pretzen bun
      • Le Petit Mort: arugula, red wine sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese crumbles, aioli

Never Had, Recommended

  • Reverie (Georgetown)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • dinner Tues-Sun
    • Possibly TBD availability or only with prix fixe, did cost $22 w/ bag of Zapp’s Voodoo Chips (no fries)
    • Ground dry aged ribeye, smoked cheddar, smoked special sauce, onions stewed in butter, and miso pickles
  • The Capital Burger (Mt Vernon Square)
    • Possibly Dine-In
    • Pickup (Online)
    • Delivery (Postmates)
    • open daily lunch/dinner
    • $15-17 (+$5 hand-cut french fries, multiple fancy dipping sauces)
    • 5 Options
      • The Capital ($17): french-onion style w/ caramelized onions, gruyere, shallot aioli
      • Bacon Cheeseburger ($17): candied smoked bacon, cheddar, tomato jam
      • Classic Cheeseburger ($15): choice of cheese
      • Roasted Wild Mushroom & Swiss Burger ($16): portobello mushrooms, swiss, 15-year aged balsamic, truffle aioli
      • Blue cheese & truffle ($16): Black truffle, blue cheese, cabernet-braised sweet onions
  • Mélange (Mt Vernon Square)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (Online Ordering has been available, otherwise walkup)
    • Delivery (UberEats)
    • lunch/dinner daily
    • $13-16 (+$4 fries w/ sea salt)
    • 3 Kinds
      • The Classic ($13) – American cheese, LTO, brown butter aioli
      • The Italian ($14) – smoked mozz, tomato confit, arugula, spicy basil aioli
      • The Double Decker ($16) – American cheese, pickles, onions, shrettuce, special sauce
  • Ghostburger (Shaw
    • Dine-In
    • Pickup (Online/GoTab)
    • Delivery (DoorDash)
    • lunch/dinner weekends, dinner weekdays
    • $14-15 for 8 oz burgers (+$4 for fries). $9-10 for 4 oz burgers
      • Ghostburger ($14)  – American Cheese, Red Onion, Dill Pickles, Spooky Sauce
      • La Hamburguesa ($15) – Queso Oaxaca, Salsa Macha, Smoked Tomatillo Relish, Cilantro
      • The Frenchie ($15) –
  • Red Apron Butchery (Capitol HIll/The Roost; Penn Quarter, Union Market location currently closed)
    • Pickup (Online or Counter service)
    • Delivery (Online?)
    • lunch/dinner daily
    • $15-18 (w/  fries)
      • Red Apron Original: ($15) 2 patties, American cheese, island sauce, house pickles, shrettuce.
      • Ginsburger: ($18) Red Apron Beef Patty, Chorizo Patty, Smoked Pimento Cheese, Jalapeno Relish, Cabbage Slaw;
  • Chef Geoff’s (AU Park, West End)
    • Dine In/Patio
    • Pickup (Online/ToastTab, Call)
    • Delivery (Doordash)
    • dinner M-Th, lunch/dinner Fri-Sun
    • $17 (choice of fries, sweet potato fries, or greens)
    • CG Burger (bacon, cheddar, LTO, chipotle aioli)
  • Primrose  (Brookland)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (Online)
    • Tues-Fri 5-8p, Sat 4-8p
    • $17 ($10 for Kid’s, $22 for double) w/ fries
    • Primrose Burger (American cheese, onion jam, mayo)
  • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (14th/Logan)
    • Pickup (Online)
    • Delivery (DoorDash)
    • $17 w/ extra crispy fries
    • Dive Burger (roasted green chilies, pepperjack cheese, bacon, LTO, cayenne aioli, house sesame bun)
  • Convivial (Shaw)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (online/Tock)
    • Delivery (via Skiptheline)
    • dinner weekdays, brunch/dinner weekends
    • $16 (w/ fries)
    • Cheeseburger (double patty, LTO, pickle, sauce; might include bacon)
  • DC9 (Shaw)
    • Dine-In/Roof Deck (reservations)
    • Pickup (Online/GoTab)
    • dinner W-Sun
    •  $12 or 14 (w/ garlic fries)
    • 3 varieties
      • Plain Jane: lettuce/tomato
      • The South By: pepper jack, avocado, pickled jalapeno, garlic cilantro mayo
      • The Slawter: coleslaw, Applewood smoked bacon, BBQ sauce
      • The Stuart: cheddar, pickled jalapenos, BBQ sauce, jalapeno poppers
      • The Herbert: Fried Green Tomato, applewood smoked bacon, tabasco aioli
  • Swizzler (Food Truck/coming soon to Navy Yard)
    • Pickup (order online or walkup)
    • Various locations
    • $7 (+$2 for meal w/ fries, +4 for truffle fries)
    • Swizz Stack (double patty, arugula, shallots, dill pickles, dijonnaise) (can get a single for $4.50)

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