Standard BBQ Delivers on Promise of Good, Cheap Eats

by Borderstan.com July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,833 4 Comments


Standard, 14th Street NW, Borderstan, Alejandra Owens

Click for more photos: Standard at 14th and S Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos & Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or on her own food and cooking blog One Bite At A Time.

Check out the photos on Flickr.

I am a sucker for Mexican corn on the cob. So when I got to Standard, plopped down on the aluminum stools by a shallow bar overlooking the umbrella’d patio and saw grilled Mexican corn on the cob I figured the place couldn’t be bad.

My friend, an enthusiastic eater whose appetite surpasses even mine, and I dove right in, ordering a bratwurst, pulled pork sandwich, hush puppies, Mexican corn on the cob, a hot pretzel, birch beer and ginger ale (my favorite brand by the way, Blenheim). Not 20 minutes later our aluminum tray was a scattered graveyard of empty red and white checkered paper picnic baskets littered with hush puppy crumbs and stray bits of coleslaw and sauerkraut.  Um. I think we liked the food.

Perhaps what I enjoyed most about Standard (enjoyed observing mostly, since we sat inside) was the jovial, community feeling the patio took on as the evening progressed. On their “About” page they say they want to be a neighborhood gathering spot where people can relax outside but still be in the heart of the city, and they clearly have become just that.

I spotted several children, in and out of strollers, which I found interesting. The neighborhood, oh how it’s a-changin’! And another good friend of mine has been telling me stories of how he and his friends will spend hours on the patio over beers and multiple rounds of BBQ and snacks. I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy, dazy Saturday afternoon with a group of friends now!

While I’m not exactly a BBQ connoisseur, and not quite the kind of person who wakes up on a Saturday thinking, “Hmm! I’d like some succulent pulled pork on a sesame bun with crisp coleslaw on top,” I might be now.


  • Where Am I Going? 1801 14th Street NW (corner of 14th and S Streets).
  • When Am I Going? During spring and summer they are open Tuesday-Friday at 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday at noon. They close early for bad weather and when they run out of BBQ.
  • Paycheck Pain? Sandwiches peaked at $8 while sides were hovering around $3. This is definitely what I would classify as cheap eats.
  • Say What? What does a crowded patio in the middle of a warm summer day sound like? It sounds like people having fun. A smidge loud for an intimate conversation, but for a group of friends looking for a relaxing, but fun meal… this is your spot.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: BBQ. And all the traditional sides with a few non-traditional items thrown in for good measure.

  • Troy

    Great review… makes me crave some BBQ! I’ll definitely keep this on my list of places to try next.

    Thanks for the honest, straight forward review. Much appreciated.

  • Mandy

    I’ve been twice, both times alot of the tables outside were taken over by drunks sprawled all over them just drinking beer. Yes, it was clear they had been there for hours. With such a limited space for people to eat, one would think those that must hang out at a restaurant for hours to get smashed could at least go to a more bar focused restaurant like Saint-Ex…or find a better venue (like a bar) than a restaurant to hang out at for hours chugging beer.

  • Mandy

    oooops…forgot to say the food at Standard is GREAT !!!

  • Nico

    I loved this place – particularly the ginormous rib tray. It’s just one rib, but all that remains is a dinosaur bone. It certainly has that biergarten atmosphere, which is great. I just wish there was more seating. But that’s another reason you carve out a spot early and stay a while.


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