In its former lives, the space now occupied by J'Ollies Restaurant was a biker bar, a seafood restaurant, and a pub. When J'Ollies moved in, though, that space was transformed into a family-friendly restaurant where diners can feast on pancakes and waffles straight from the griddle, or homemade biscuits bathed in sausage gravy. They can even create their own omelet, filling a hearty three-egg and cheese package with meat and veggies. Later in the day, lunch and dinner options include American classics such as beer-battered cod, meatloaf, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Low and slow. That’s how the pit masters at Hill Country smoke their brisket, sausage, ribs, and other meats to get the most flavor out of the aromatic flames of texas post oak. First seasoned with a classic, Texas-style dry rub, the savory victuals can be enjoyed in-house on butcher paper or bought market style by the pound to be eaten at home. Southern-style sides accompany the finger-licking proteins, including cheddar mac and cheese, campfire baked beans, and braised collard greens with bacon. Though the market-style carry-out is a convenient feature, guests looking for the full Texas experience should enjoy their flame-kissed meats in the dining room or the more festive surrounds of the basement Boot Bar. On most nights, live music fills the cafeteria-style eatery, transforming the open floor into a concert venue as guests chow on ribs or stomp their boots to the music. On Wednesday nights, crooners convene for Rock ‘n Twang Live Band Karaoke—named Best Karaoke in 2011 in the Washington Post’s Going Out Guide—to sing their favorite songs about the Alamo.
Only beer can break your heart. If you think that sounds suspiciously similar to a Neil Young song, you’d be right. It’s the title of a recent event at Smoke and Barrel—a tribute to Neil Young and poutine, complete with Allagash and Boulevard beer pairings. Fun food and beer pairings such as this are par for the course at Smoke and Barrel, or at least during the annual DC Beer Week.
On any given day, though, guests to this beer, barbecue, and bourbon emporium will have plenty to sing about. There's a huge array of craft brews to choose from––local brewery Flying Dog leads an impressive draft list, and other local brews make appearances by the bottle or can. Meanwhile, pulled pork, brisket, and barbecue nachos keep stomachs full and moist wipes gainfully employed, as do tasty sides and starts like fried pickles and sweet potato fries. And even tofu gets the Smoke and Barrel treatment, taking a trip through the smoker before being cut up and stuffed into egg rolls with coleslaw and barbecue sauce.
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company serves amazing award-winning barbecue in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. The restaurant was founded by John Snedden in 1990 who began while in college, eventually creating his own Rocklands Original Barbecue Sauce. His first restaurant was a success and John’s reputation increased considerably when the Clinton’s asked him for advice in preparing a State dinner at the White House. Over the years, both the restaurant and the barbecue sauce have been wildly successful. The Rocklands’ menu includes baby back ribs, barbecued chicken, brisket and pulled pork. They have a long list of side dish items including red beans and rice, potato salad, baked beans, collard greens and many others. They serve sandwiches and platters and run regular weekly specials, so there's always something new to spice up your trip to Rocklands!
Garden District follows the tradition of Bavaria’s Biergartens. The large patio outside welcomes a fun crowd bearing delicious, steaming, plates of barbecue...and beers, of course! With its subway tile and wooden bar, Garden District is warm, friendly, and inviting. The look of the place inspires well-placed confidence in the quality of their food. Enjoy bratwurst with spicy kraut, pulled pork, and smoked brisket from the barbecued side of the tracks. Garden District also serves delicious sides of hand cut fries, half-sour pickles, and buttermilk onion rings. Don’t forget to try one of their tasty beers on draft, or a craft soda pop.
Taste of Jamaica is the location for tasty, affordable Jamaican food with great portions. Famous for their authentic jerk chicken and oxtails, their food is perfect for lunch takeout or catering small gatherings. Taste of Jamaica specializes in authentic flavors, so diners should be prepared for intense seasonings. Their jerk chicken is served spicy, and the plantains are not too sweet. The dining area is lively and includes Caribbean music, the perfect accent for this scrumptious meal. Taste of Jamaica closes on Saturdays but stays open until 9pm Monday through Friday. It is a true taste of the islands brought to DC.