Monday, August 13, 2012

Where To Eat on K Street

K Street
Aside from drinking bourbon, baking my heart out, and parading Lola around town, yes, I actually have a real “big-girl” job. As some of you may have figured out by my tweeting, I am one of the many that call K-Street my home for long hours during the day. Since so many D.C.’ers also work in the area, I figured why not give a shout out to some of my favorite places to eat in walking distance of Farragut West metro station. Hopefully I’ll inspire you to avoid your building cafeteria or Subway and try something new! (Note: If the store has unique hours, they are listed below).

Wicked Waffle
1712 Eye Street, NW || M-F, 7 AM – 4 PM

I cannot even explain to you how much I am obsessed with the concept Wicked Waffle employs. No, this isn’t a Belgian wafflery where you go in, order your waffles, select your syrup, add whipped cream and are on your merry way. Instead, waffles are the base of your sandwich. Instead of using bread, Wicked Waffle creates your sandwich on, you guessed it, a waffle. Turkey, caprese, ham, croque monsieur... you name it, they’ve got it on a waffle. And, as their website proclaims, this is not your Eggo waffle variety, these sandwiches have perfected the art of waffle-making. My personal favorite – Prosciutto di Marma, Mozzarella & Arugula - is served with balsamic and extra virgin olive oil. (Yes, my taste buds are watering writing this.) Not going to lie, the grilled cheese waffle looks pretty darn fantastic as well. Now, for those of you with a sweet tooth, have no fear, dessert waffles are also available. I take mine with chocolate, strawberries, and whipped cream. It’s my own little waffle sundae.

Café Carvy
1020 19th Street, NW || M-F, 7 AM – 4 PM

Café Carvy is relatively new to the K Street neighborhood and since opening, has quickly become my go-to deli. Whether you are craving hand-carved turkey, roast beef, or ham, this is the place to visit. With a wide variety of bread selections, and generous meat allocation, you are guaranteed to leave full. Be prepared, though, deli attendants pile up the freshly carved meat so high that I generally have to remove some before I can even begin to tackle the sandwich. Café Carvy also sells boxed salads for quick and easy pick up, along with create your own salads, and soups. The Maryland vegetable crab soup is delicious (and my personal favorite). As all my readers know, I’m a picky crab princess, so if I say it’s good, well then, it’s good. So if you’re in the mood for a reasonably priced, fresh-carved sandwich, look no further.

Bobby’s Burger Palace
2121 K Street, NW

L.A. Burger
It’s pretty easy to figure out that Bobby Flay is the mastermind behind Bobby’s Burger Palace. But guys, I have to be honest here... when I first heard about it’s opening we (we're all friends here) were midway into the final season of Entourage and the only thing I could think was, “I cannot support a man that steals Ari’s wife.” (In other news, I regularly get overly attached to fictional TV characters, see also: Jim Harper, The Newsroom). Now back to Bobby's burgers, I promise you, this little joint doesn’t disappoint. With the most expensive item on the menu at $8.50, you may think you are sacrificing quality for price. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. My personal favorite is the L.A. burger served with avocado relish, watercress, cheddar cheese, and tomato, but I’ve never heard complaints about anything my friends have ordered here. Plus, if you’re not a big red meat fan (like my sister) Bobby's Burger Palace serves the same burger options with turkey or chicken burger.

Folks, I also saved the best part of Bobby's Burger Palace for last. SPIKED MILKSHAKES. Taking a “Fun Friday” lunch in August? This is your place. Whether the vanilla caramel bourbon (YES YES YES YES YES) is your style, or pineapple coconut rum, or even mocha Kahlua vodka, you’ll be thanking me. They’re delish... straight-up phenom. And now that I’m speaking like a 12 year old texter, moving on to the next eatery.

My Milkshake Brings All The Boys To The Yard
Devon & Blakely
919 18th Street NW || M-F, 6:45 AM – 3:45 PM

Some (most) of y'all have probably heard of this place, eaten at this place, and have strong feelings one way or the other. But for those new to the area, or if you find yourself on K Street for a day and haven’t heard of it, check out D&B. For those who aren't familiar, let me try to explain the concept-16 fresh soups daily, hand-tossed salad bar, freshly made sandwiches, sweet treats, and hearty side dishes are all available for daily purchase. I have attended conferences and meetings with D&B catering and also eat here at least once a week on my own, okay that’s a lie, I eat salads here at least three times a week. The create your own salad option can’t be beat. Not only are the salads more plentiful than Chop’t but the service is a thousand times better. And most times, my salad from D&B is healthier and cheaper than a Chop’t variety.

Sandwich Selections at D&B
However, if salads aren’t your thing, don’t worry. The soups and sandwiches are more than enough to make sure EVERYONE leaves full. I can’t even begin to describe the selection, everything from ham and turkey, to gyros and caprese on baguettes. Delicious. The soups are equally fantastic. Whether you want warm chili (turkey chili available too) on a cold day, or a chilled gazpacho during the hot summer months, it won’t let you down. They have everything you could ever imagine. Plus, as I mentioned before, they do corporate catering. So if you’re in the market for a reasonably priced lunch option, definitely consider them!

Food Truck Friday
Farragut Square during Lunch Hours on Fridays

I have been a K Streeter for a year now and one of my favorite things is the swarm of Food Trucks that gather at Farragut Square on Fridays. Coming from the Metro Center neighborhood, this was one of the most exciting things for me. I had been to Truckeroo but hadn’t experienced a food truck lunch experience.
Friday Food Truck Fiesta at Farragut Square

Ladies and gentlemen, the holy grail of food truck lunches is Farragut Friday. People flock to Farragut Square looking for a grilled cheese, lobster roll, or cupcake. While the food trucks vary from week to week, there is very little chance that you will leave disappointed. To keep in the know about where your favorite food trucks will be on any given day (including Food Truck Fridays) make sure to visit Washingtonian’s daily Food Truck Stops (on the Best Bites Blog). The best part about this is that it’s done by location, not truck, so you can easily look at Farragut Square and see what you’re in for.

Occupy K Street
So all my fellow K Streeters, the next time you’re tempted to head to Corner Bakery, Cosi, or Chop’t, dare to be different and think to yourself, “What Would Red White & Bourbon Do…” On second thought, don’t actually think that because you will probably find yourself thinking about the random things I write and tweet about and that would then lead you to think, that girl is cray. Instead, hit up one of these joints, and say, “Thanks for helping me switch it up, RWB. You’re my girl.” While these people may hate everyone who works here, I hope you'll give me a high five!

Yours In Working K Street,

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