A Pennsylvania Avenue Food Show Down

12 Feb

Sometimes, in this crazy thing called life, we are forced to choose sides. Cats vs dogs. Seinfield vs Newman. Yankees vs Red Sox.

Have you experienced D.C.’s ultimate fast food faceoff, courtesy of chef Spike Mendelsohn?

Okay, okay, so this might be a bit melodramatic. But it’s true that Chef Spike has introduced a dilemma to the lives of Capitol Hill dwellers such as myself: burgers or pizza?

I like Chef Spike, despite that I didn’t watch his season of Top Chef and that he made some locals grumpy last year by calling D.C. a “second-tier city”.  (That one hurt, Chef.)

His Good Stuff Eatery opened up in 2008 at a prime Pennsylvania Avenue location, and We, The Pizza moved right next door in 2010, effectively dominating the block with affordable lunch options for hill staffers and non-politicos alike.

Make no mistake – these are both essentially fast food joints. But sometimes all you really need is a nice, cheesy piece of pizza and/or  a creamy milkshake, am I wrong? And the food at both of these venues is well above what you would ever find at the golden arches or your standard jumbo slice establishment.

And I have to admit that Good Stuff’s farm-themed decor makes this rural girl happy.

We, The Pizza

Love It: 
  • The buffalo chicken pizza can not be missed. The the Forest Shroomin’ pie is also a keeper.
  • The soda fountain is a fun touch – ask for the C.R.E.A.M. soda. The barista will  whip one up from scratch!
Leave It:
  • The gelato is not very flavorful, despite the proclamation that it’s homemade on site.
Notes:
The $10 for two slices and a soda deal is a good value. But be forewarned:  the  place gets busy. Really busy. I have run into some ver-r-r-y slow service on  multiple occasions. (Think one hour + wait for a couple of slices of pizza. Not good.)
 

Good Stuff Eatery

Love It:
  • The  Farm House cheeseburger is probably the freshest-tasting, juiciest burger that I have had in D.C.
  •  You must, must get a milkshake. Order the Dulce de Leche for a caramel-vanilla treat or opt for the Toasted Marshmellow.
  •  Spike’s Village Fries come with fresh thyme, rosemary, and sea salt and the  regular size bag is big enough to share. Check out the array of specialty mayos and dips.
Leave It:
  • The chicken sandwiches are okay, but let’s face it, this place is really about  the beef.
Notes:
The food is more expensive than most burger joints. Burgers run $6-8 and  milkshakes are $5. The portions are not particularly generous.
 

Verdict:


To me, Good Stuff outedges We, the Pizza due to consistent service and food that never fails to impress me.  If you go, be sure to scan the room for the guy with the beard and the fedora on. You might just see Chef Spike himself.

And a word to the wise: both are closed on Sundays!

Have you visited these fine establishments? What is your vote?

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2 Responses to “A Pennsylvania Avenue Food Show Down”

  1. Milena February 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    As a self-proclaimed foodie, I love this post. I haven’t really explored the Capitol Hill food scene so I’m very hype about weighing in on ‘showdown.’ Do the burgers rival Five Guys and Shake Shack?

    • farmtoforkdc February 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      The burgers are smaller than Five Guys and Shake Shack but I dare say they are more flavorful! The shakes are the best, too!

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