Borderstan welcomes new contributor Aparna Krishnamoorthy. Email her at aparna[AT]borderstan.com
I dropped into Chix, a somewhat tucked away spot (located on 11th Street NW just north of U Street), on a rainy afternoon, and was pleasantly surprised by all of the healthy options offered. The restaurant storefront is in the basement of the building and has a small kitchen in the back. The menu, written on a blackboard, featured three different types of chicken, a few sides, vegetables and chicken wraps options.
To order is simple – choose the type of chicken you want, then your sides and a sauce. The Colombian chicken (marinated in “Colombian coffee and coconut milk”) immediately caught my attention. So I ordered the quarter chicken special, with sweet potatoes and a salad for my sides. (Un)fortunately they were out of the noodles and cheese!
The chicken was moist and had a subtle, but distinct, flavor of the coffee. The curry mustard sauce was creamy and delicious, although I didn’t really need it for such a flavorful piece of chicken. The avocado dressing that came on the salad was good, too, especially coming from someone who does not care for avocados. (Yes, I just said that.)
But the roasted sweet potatoes were the best thing on the plate; well seasoned and cooked to the perfect balance of crispness on the outside and softness on the inside. I would go back to Chix even just for these.
A small dining room is located on the second floor and patio seating is also available, making this a perfect spot for a breezy evening of al fresco dining.
Chix uses organic and hormone free products and also provides environmentally friendly packaging and utensils.
For all of $8, I had a delicious meal without feeling stuffed and greasy. Chix is a solid option for carry-out, delivery (yes, they deliver!) or to stop by for a quick bite to eat.
- Where Am I Going: 2019 11th Street NW (between U & V Streets)
- When Am I Going: Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 10 pm; Saturday noon to 10 pm; and Sunday noon to 9 pm.
- Paycheck Pain: Quarter chicken and 2 sides come to about $8, with lunch specials starting at $6.50 and dinner specials at $6.99.
- Say What?: Seating is fairly limited, with room for about 25 people in the space (inside and patio).
- What You’ll Be Eating: Chicken. There are also some vegetarian options.
Helix Lounge’s Backyard Bash launches again for the summer on Wednesday, May 9, with some new additions. Located on the patio at Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW, they bill the events as “perfect for Washingtonians without their own patio or grill.” Price-wise, it will only you back about $7 ($10 with a beer).
Every Wednesday night during the summer, from 5 to 7 pm on their patio, Helix Lounge will serve a choice of burger (local beef, chicken, black-eyed pea, and turkey) grilled on their new wood-fired outdoor grill, a free toppings bar and bag of chips all for $7. Specialty topping are an extra buck each. A can of DC Brau Lager goes for $3 — plus happy hour prices are effect.
Helix says they brought in Chef Thomas Dunklin of Kimpton’s B&O Brasserie in Baltimore to help reconcept the Helix Lounge’s full menu, which will also launch in May. (Helix Hotel and Hotel Rouge at 16th and Scott Circle NW are part of the Kimpton chain.)
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.
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.
Are we finally going to get some good cheap food on the 14th Street NW corridor? Looks that way, hopefully. Nothing against the upscale places that have opened (or soon will) in Borderstan over the past few years, but we really can’t afford to drop $50 every time we don’t feel like cooking on a Tuesday night. (Yes, I am still waiting for a real Greek-owned diner… the type you find in Chicago or New York.)
Here’s the news from our friends at 14th & You:
“Devilish Burgers Headed to 14th Street.” Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the forthcoming bakery and wine bar next to Marvin (“I’ll have a loaf of cinnamon bread and a glass of your 2003 Malbec please”), 14thandyou has received this nugget of info: the space down adjacent to the bake-oenology place, located at 2001 14th Street, will in fact be a “top-shelf” burger joint owned by Policy’s Omar Miskinyar and David Karim, and featuring creations from Policy chef Brian Murphy. Read posting.
“More Info on “Table 14”; “World’s Best Philly Cheese Steak” Coming to 14th Street.” Metrocurean has an update today on the forthcoming establishment on 14th Street from the Local 16 guys… In other news, a quick peak inside the former 14U coffee shop seems to show renovations moving forward for the soon-to-arrive “JJs: World’s Best Philly Cheese Steaks“. Read posting.