Before I go into my review, I need to clarify something. I dislike winter. Yes, I know, I'm an ice hockey player that doesn't like winter, that doesn't make any sense. I don't like the gray overcast skies, the cold, the inability to go anywhere without layering up only to de-layer once you arrive somewhere, and rainy winter days. Rainy winter days might just be one of the worst things ever.
That said, I went to GCDC on a hot July day where the heat index was over a 100.
Upon going inside I checked out their menu options and ordered the Young American, which was an American cheese blend, bacon, and tomato on sourdough. Along with that I got an order of tots and tomato soup. The tomato soup might have been included while the tots were extra though, sorry for not taking better mental notes on that one.
Ordering was great with the friendly staff, and then when I asked for things like salt they were extra helpful. Very genuine and overall a pleasant experience provided by their staff.
Food came out pretty quick and wow, the only comparable grilled cheese is the masterpiece I sometimes make at home. It was grilled perfectly, crispy, but not burnt, and the contents were in perfect proportion. The tomato was sliced in a way that it didn't overwhelm it just provided additional flavor. The cheese was gooey but not some sort of crazy mess that ended up all over my work clothes. The tomato soup for dipping the sandwich was also top notch. The tater tots could have been more crispy but they were still acceptable.
I'm really looking forward to going back and tasting more of their menu, but I'll say this, knowing GCDC isn't far from where I work I finally have another reason to look forward to winter aside from outdoor ice skating rinks. That's right, GCDC is going to make winter a more bearable experience and that gives me some relief.
GCDC, making winter, a season of mostly misery, suck less.
Came here for trivia night, which was a lot of fun and ran really well. So that was great. The service though? Phew, needs some work. Also picked up the weakest sampler platter ever here. Also when I asked about scotch the guy was at a loss.
Still, trivia, and beer, they did have that in abundance, so not a total loss.
Just like any human being with a soul I love pizza. So when I found out my new job was a block away from this spot I was pretty darn excited. Add on top of that that I had heard so much about this place yet somehow never been, it seemed like destiny for me to be so close. So I went.
The set up is like Quiznos or Chipotle, the fast casual assembly line method that's all the rage in recent times. You can pick one of their signature creations or you can go with the make your own route, which is what I prefer. Pretty much anything and everything has options, from the dough, to cheese, to meats, to finishing touches.
Warning, this Yelp review is not talking about a hidden secret or anything, everyone knows about this place, and everyone feels the same way as I do, more or less. (Those that don't feel the same way you probably shouldn't associate with, but your life or whatever) So if you're going for lunch you'd be kinda crazy to go during the 12-1pm lunch rush. I usually go at 11:45 just to miss the stampede of hungry over worked masses, so you should feel free to roll in at 11:46 or anytime after.
If you like pizza though, you've found a reliable winner in &pizza.
Just like any DC resident, I've known about "Le Dip" for quite sometime. I've passed by it quite a few times on my bike while riding the Q St lane and the place always seems full. I've always taken that as a good sign that they're doing something consistently right to earn their reputation of being a quality spot to go to.
In my quest to die sooner than later, aka the quest of finding the best cheeseburger in DC by trying them all, Le Dip was on my list due to their "Burger Americain". Yes, that's right, I went to a french cafe for a cheeseburger. While you're judging me though I'm still thinking about how delicious it was.
I met someone there for drinks who also spoke highly of the mac and cheese (my other weakness), or as it is called there "Macaroni au gratin". We sat at the bar on a Wednesday at 6:30 with relative ease, although the place did fill up a bit by 7:30. The bartender was busy but attentive enough to where we didn't have any problems ordering food or getting drinks. When we ordered she asked if we were splitting the burger to which we confirmed that we were, so when they brought it out it was on two separate plates already halved for us. I thought that was an extremely nice touch on Le Dip's part. Both our plates had a pile of fries along with the halves too.
The macaroni au gratin was great, the mixture of cheeses tasted wonderful and the sauce was creamy. I would easily put their version of mac & cheese in the top 5 in DC. Not perfect though, as a layer of browned bread crumbs on top would have possibly put it in contention for top spot in DC.
Confession, I grew up eating and loving McDonald's double cheeseburgers. I have no shame in admitting that sometimes I still enjoy one. I bring this up because their burger is basically a high end clone of one. Soft bun, flavorful patty, melted cheese, and definitely one of the better burgers I've enjoyed in the DC area for sure. I'd even go as far as saying it's a burger than any burger lover, from the area or not, should try at some point.
Overall, great food, great experience, reasonable service (it was during peak hours afterall) and some place I'd go back to without a doubt.
Le Dip, they might be French, but they do America well. F yeah.
I don't even know what location this is for, since I've gone to several of them. Hands down the best tacos you're going to find in DC. One is about to open up in Rosslyn where I work, and I can't wait for that day to arrive.
District Taco, they stand alone as the best and if you're reading this review, looking for tacos, go, just go. I kept it short so you don't have to waste any time.
Prepare for an old timer post, where I rattle my cane and yell at the youngsters who blah blah blah don't know any better. Public Bar used to be Five, a legendary club where I even DJed. After Five shut down and it was converted into a sports bar I stayed away.
The main room has a crazy amount of TVs and so getting your team's game on shouldn't be that much of a problem, if any problem at all. The bartenders that we had were quick to get us our beverages whether they were beers or shots.
The rooftop is home to Sunglass Sundays, which ironically means that even though the club shut down and a sports bar opened up that the roof still continues to have parties and DJs. During summer it seems that a lot of people check the place out.
I still miss Five though. When I was in the main bar area drinking I had flashbacks to the days where I used to DJ in the main room booth that's no longer there. However if you never knew Five, then you'd probably enjoy this place. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to watch a game there, but if I was in the hood I'd probably go there or at the very least consider it an option.
I'm going to go have some Metamucil now, this old man needs his fiber.
Bacio is in Bloomingdale and it's a great feature of the neighborhood that continues to grow in its diversity of food options. From me, it's 2 blocks away so it's perfect if I want to grab something quick with little to no hassle. The staff is friendly and the quality of the pie is definitely above average.
I haven't eaten there, but they do have outdoor seating which would be nice for a small group or family. If you're looking for take out pizza and you live in the area, I would definitely check it out. Some folks think they're pizza is the best in DC, while I don't agree with that, I can't say that their argument is without merit.
Bacio, Bloomingdale's own slice of something great and reliable.
I held off on going to Spinfire since they've opened because I'm such a loyal fan to another pizza shop a few blocks away, but after some pizza detox I decided to give it a chance to see what they offered.
Basically it's Chipotle in pizza form, your pizza is cooked in 90 seconds and it's actually pretty good. I can see the appeal and I do think that this sort of thing has a big chance in becoming a big thing across the US, especially in dense urban areas with starving masses of lunch crowds.
I went with the Meat Lovers which I found to be good. The size of their personal pizza is a bit large and could be split between two people if they were both looking for a light lunch. I found the prices to be acceptable and cheap, hovering around the standard $10 DC lunch.
If you're looking for a quick pizza experience around lunch time I would highly recommend this spot.
Friendly service and they washed/cleaned my car in 15 minutes, I went with the super wash for $22.00 and was very pleased with how my car looked when it was done.
Unfortunately a day later there's already a new fresh layer of pollen, but for a moment my car looked like it was brand new. I even took a picture it looked so fresh and so clean.
Will definitely go back.
In a city where sports bars can be crowded dingy holes with standard bar food it's nice to know there's a place that's a bit more classy. I know, a classy sports bar, it's like the opening to some sort of joke, but no, this place is pretty sweet. The interior has a nice ambiance to it, and the bar is a great place to post up to watch any game.
The service has always been friendly, the drinks poured consistently, and the food has always been above average. Definitely a fan of their wings and I've munched on their chicken tenders on more than one occasion.
What's really nice is that sometimes while other bars on this strip can be crowded Lola's can be a safe haven. A place where it's easy to go in and get a drink without fighting through any sort of congestion. I live over in Bloomingdale so I don't make my way here too often, but it's a great meeting spot when I'm rendezvousing with my friends who live on the Hill.