Need to fuel up before an early morning meeting at the White House? New eatery wtf — short for Woodward Takeout Food — offers great on-the-go options, from flaky ham-and-cheese scones to brawny chicken biscuits to signature quiches with perfectly flaky crusts.
A reinterpretation of eggs Benedict — fashioned from cooked-to-order eggs (soft or hard), shaved pork loin and house-made tarragon aioli — seemed overhyped at first but slowly grew on us. During the initial experience, the only standouts were the perfectly toasted bread and over-easy eggs (lacey around the edges, brimming with silky warmth in the middle). A second tasting pulled it all together, thanks in no small part to the nutty accents imparted by the gruyere, the salty tang of the thinly sliced ham and tangy sauce that bests the messy, Sunday-best-ruining hollandaise by reducing it down to its finest elements (lemony tarragon packs citrus punch; doctored mayo luxuriates the palate).
Unlike their mall-bound counterparts, wtf’s cinnamon buns rely on understated sweetness rather than tooth-rotting excess. The pull-apart pastry is drizzled, not drowned, in glazed sugar and threaded with cheery cinnamon.
Searching for a little something to bring to the table while educating Treasury aides about why your pet tax provision MUST survive the fiscal cliff fight?
Crack the lid of a boxed gourmet flatbread, and let the aroma of artisan meats and cheeses do all the talking. We highly recommend Benton’s Own, a pork orgy splaying country ham (salty as all get out and slightly buttery), shredded ham hock (tender and barbecue-y) and bacon jam (savory-sweet) atop cheddar-laden dough.
Or you could offer to split one of the delicious sandwiches.
The duck Reuben is hard to resist. The impeccably grilled rye is thick and generously buttered. The shredded duck confit just about melted in our mouths. Red cabbage sauerkraut partnered with apple cider dressing added some pucker, while melted Swiss laid down a creamy vibe.
On the fence about offal? Bite your tongue! Or, better yet, wtf’s: Their take on corned beef surrounds the intentionally briny organ meat with zesty tapenade, smoky grilled onions, crisp lettuce and a blanket of chopped eggs.
Sallie Buben said she’s most enamored with the Chick Chick, a portable picnic lunch cramming fried chicken, bacon, bread-and-butter pickles and cranberry relish between a toasted bun, while Jeffrey Buben is purportedly all in on the Porky Pig, a smorgasbord of swine including apple-wood smoked bacon, mouthwatering serrano ham, pistachio-studded country-style pate and sumptuous bacon marmalade.
And there’s still more to come: Sallie Buben said the crew is currently experimenting with a fresh take on the veggie burger.
Now, whether you believe the Bubens’ claims that they didn’t give the eyebrow-raising name much thought, there’s no disputing they are enjoying the notoriety.
“Wish I had a nickel for everyone who stopped by and took their picture in front of the logo,” Sallie Buben said. Guess she’ll have to comfort herself with the $18.95 collected from the sale of each of the custom wtf hats they shrewdly stock.
wtf: 1430 H St. NW; 202-347-5355; woodwardtable.com. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.