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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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  • Troy

    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.

  • Bobster

    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.

  • M&M

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

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