Stoney’s: Fast, Cheap Eats in a Very Neighborhood Setting

by Borderstan.com April 25, 2012 at 10:00 am 3 Comments

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Yes, there are great restaurants in the Borderstan area. Lots of them walking distance from home: Italian, French, Thai, Chinese, Spanish tapas. But sometimes I just feel like going in, sitting down, saying hello to the bartender and getting a hamburger or a tuna melt without having to wait or make reservations or spend more than $20.

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Stoney’s is at 1433 P Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

That’s why I am glad Stoney’s is on the 1400 block of P Street NW (it feels like a miniature Main Street of a town to me).

It is not a fancy place, but it has a great atmosphere with an ample bar, a good selection of beers and a couple of large TV screens downstairs, plus an upstairs as well. Note: They moved to Logan Circle several years ago after originally opening on L Street in 1968.

Whenever I go there I love that the food is always exactly what I was expecting — and how I remember it from the last time I had it. The food is simple, call it bar or diner food: burgers, salads, sandwiches and a pizza menu. They also have some specialties that they say is their claim to fame: a grilled cheese sandwich, a brisket sandwich, grilled salmon and their Mac-N-Cheese.

I have had many of their burgers, always enjoying the flavor and the meat. The Reuben and Pastrami Delight are among my favorites when not having a burger or a tuna melt.

And, as a true purveyor of comfort food, Stoney’s also has meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the menu, as well as chili and a pasta dish that’s good for “the day after” a night on the town.

Stoney’s has become a part of the neighborhood, a local pub and a place that you know is reliable when you feel the need for some comfort food at an affordable price. Plus, I always look for someone I know when I enter — it’s that kind of place.

Stoney’s: The Details

  • Where Am I Going? 1433 P Street NW.
  • When Am I Going? Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 2 am; Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 3 am; and Sunday, 11 am to 2 am.
  • Delivery? No, but they do have carry-out service.
  • Paycheck Pain? $8.95  for a grilled ham and cheese with fries. (They list their price range as $10 to $30)
  • Say What? It can be loud for dinner but usually much quieter for lunch. They also serve breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Great comfort food.

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Comments (3)

  1. Agreed, Luis.

    I once had a birthday party upstairs at Stoney’s and it was a comfortable, affordable, and convenient place for many to gather. I enjoyed the specialty grilled cheese deluxe and several of their on-tap options. Since then, I’ve returned for the grilled cheese and a beer every so often.

    Given the other options along P Street, Stoney’s is the ‘neighborhood bar’ of the block – with reasonable prices and most casual decor.

    My only suggestions would be that they carry Blue Moon and improve the outdoor seating arrangements.

  2. Yes, it’s good to have an affordable diner/bar in the hood. Is the food “great?” No, but it’s good diner food and it’s affordable. I hope the guy bought the building when he moved to P Street. There have to be a few affordable places for locals to eat.

  3. Love Stoneys but miss one thing about the L street days…Steve and Atila, awesome bartenders!

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