Crab grits are a revelation, rolling together shredded jumbo lump (velvety and sweet) and creamy grains (medium ground and soaked to the core) into a stick-to-your-ribs mass of seafood fabulosity. A sprinkle of Louisiana gold hot sauce gives it a Cajun kick.
Breakfast in Baghdad via a crock of hearty mekhleme, uniting seasoned ground beef, poached eggs and lightly fried potatoes.
Busboys & Poets: Multiple D.C.-metro locations; busboysandpoets.com Open for breakfast Monday through Friday, lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday.
This Capitol Hill mainstay appeals to expense account-holders — “The check for the rich man ... and you can bill it back!” we overheard one lobbyist command a well-heeled buddy when it came time to settle up — and unpaid interns alike, serving up edible Americana just about anyone can afford.
Signature offerings include staggering double-cut pork chops sweetened with sauteed apples, braised short ribs flanked by roasted spuds and steamed vegetables, a generously proportioned sirloin steak and jumbo lump crab cake combo, and falling-off-the-bone roasted chicken.
Buffalo mac and cheese mixes things up but good, layering elbow noodles with tangy blue cheese, salty Parmesan, peppery celery and fiery bird.
The Chesapeake mostly delivers, spreading savory crab, chewy mushrooms and, sadly, not enough bacon, across a fluffy pie swabbed with creamy Alfredo sauce.
The apple pie milkshake pulls no punches. Each draw of the straw pulls in rich, delicious ice cream punctuated by caramelized apple, sugar and cinnamon. Baked apple definitely dominates the frozen treat, but the buttery finish suggests the crust ain’t going down without a fight.
Bullfeathers: 410 First St. SE; 202-484-0228; bullfeathersdc.com Open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.