Where I’ve Been – DC Metro

*Updated 1/1/2020*

I visit the DC Metropolitan area, encompassing Washington, D.C. and areas of both Virginia and Maryland, the most out of any other locale in the U.S. for work. A lot of my time is centered around the Tyson’s Corner area of the metroplex but I bounce around enough to experience some awesome restaurants and eateries. Here is the aggregation of all of my DC area posts!

A Baked Joint

Arepa Zone

Balo Kitchen – the block

Barrel & Bushel

Ben’s Chili Bowl

BGR

Black Hog BBQ

Burger 7

Chaplin’s

Coastal Flats

Cucina Al Volo

DCity Smokehouse

Don Buri

Earls

Federalist Pig

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This chapter of my quest to find great BBQ outside the State of Texas took me to the @federalistpig in Washington, DC. They utilize @sopridebbq smokers to pump out some pretty flavorful BBQ including the meats on this three meat tray. I went with brisket, pork ribs, and turkey, with a side of mac and cheese, a side of red potato salad, some Texas toast, and a @manorhillbrew farmhouse ale. The fat in the brisket was rendered well, the ribs were beautifully tender with a lovely outter crispness, and the turkey was perfectly moist. I got a second to chat with the guys behind the counter and they couldn't have been more friendly. Next time you're in DC, swing through and check out what they're smoking!

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Founding Farmers

Hank’s Pasta Bar

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

La Mezzaluna Cafe

La Sandia

Nando’s Peri Peri

Nocturne

Radiator

Red Apron

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse

Silver Diner

Super Chicken

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@kyrenabeana introduced me to the Peruvian specialty that is lomo saltado and I'm a huge fan so when I noticed it on the menu at Super Chicken Peruvian in Tyson's Corner I promptly made a visit. Lomo saltado consists of fresh beef sauteed in olive oil, red onions, tomatoes, spring onions, and cilantro and is served on a bed of French fries with a side of rice. The fries and rice are great because they help soak up all the delicious juices and flavors coming off of the other ingredients. I'll be honest, I often struggle with the food choices in the Tyson's area since there's so many chains out here but I can say this will be a must visit for me from now on. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ” Have you had lomo before and I'm just really late to the lomo game? What's your favorite Peruvian place!?

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Ted’s Bulletin

Toki Underground

Tonic at Quigley’s

Virtue Feed & Grain

Wildfire Steakhouse

ZZA – Richmond, VA

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Great Texas style craft barbecue in Virginia!? – You're damn right! This spot ended up on my map somehow, possibly from when @2msmokehouse visited recently… Or maybe when @bbqsnob did a write up on them, but I'm glad I got a chance to visit. I gotta say, @zzqrva would be competing shoulder to shoulder with the top names in Texas BBQ for the Top 50 list. Went with brisket, ribs, hot gut sausage, and turkey with a side of jalapeno mac and cheese and potato salad. They pack all the sausage in house and, I'll be honest, it's some of the best sausage I've had in a bit. If you find yourself in Richmond, VA make a point to visit them and get blown away like @kyrenabeana and I were!

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