Wings over Washington's friendly staff paints its menu of winged masterpieces with a delicious palette of 18 flavors and five buffalo-sauce styles. Chomp on the seven-wing paper-airplane plate ($5.99) while your in-flight crew devours the 60-wing B-17 bomber ($44.99). Boneless wings are hand battered, sold by weight, and provide countless hours of fearless feasting for dining dentures. Beat your personal best by speed-eating a half-pound DC-3 of boneless bites ($6.49), or gather a group of airship aficionados to demolish the 6 lb. zeppelin of spineless wings ($59.99), adding orders of french fries ($2.49 for a small) and onion rings ($2.99 for a small) to dam up teriyaki and honey-mustard reservoirs. Flight-phobic diners can stay grounded with hamburgers ($5.99) and half racks of ribs ($8.99), sharing napkins and sticky high-fives with their wing-eating amigos.
Though united by their name and a penchant for serving spicy Southeast Asian cuisine, each Sala Thai restaurant blazes its own culinary trail. Some dishes, such as the kee mao—flat rice noodles sautéed in hot chilis—sate diners' hungers at all locations, and other bites, such as M Street's red-curry pork with pineapple, can only be found in one place. To appease a variety of tastes, some locations also serve fresh, neatly rolled sushi. The Petworth, Bethesda, and U Street restaurants also calm customers' cravings for saxophone melodies and dark sunglasses worn indoors with live jazz performances on Fridays and Saturdays.
Wings often come in three basic degrees of heat: mild, medium, or hot. But the wing-makers at DC Wings explore the spectrum of heat intensity, and their offerings range from the mild sweet-onion barbecue to the spicier Ahh Hot and Mouth On Fire to the hottest offering of all, a wing covered in molten lava.
These hot wings only skim the surface of DC Wings' more than 25 flavors, which include options such as citrus chipotle and cajun teriyaki. The sauces douse orders of up to 100 jumbo wings or more than six pounds of boneless wings. Besides its saucy namesake, DC Wings supplies plenty of other tasty treats, from racks of ribs and heaps of fries to wraps filled with cheeseburger fixings.
Mid Atlantic Seafood's kitchen staff assembles creations from an eclectic menu of fish samplers, wings, sandwiches, breakfast items, and Chinese-inspired dishes. Patrons can choose from almost 20 types of fish, such as haddock ($9.99–$18.99) and catfish ($9.49–$18.49), and order they be baked, grilled, stuffed, or nestled between layers of bread in a sandwich.
Known for both its lively atmosphere and authentic eats, Haydee's Restaurant is home to homestyle Mexican cuisine; often hosts live-music events; and can even provide a space for record-spinning parties. Sizzling fajitas appear in 10 iterations on the menu?blazing-hot vessels carry arrays of tender shrimp, chicken, and steak to tables alongside pico, guacamole, sour cream, beans, and a pile of edible plates, aka tortillas. Aside from its vast food selection, Haydee's offers an impressive selection of tequilas, from the un-aged blanco (silver tequila) to golden, cask-aged a?ejo and smoky mescals.
Jumbo shrimp sautéed with garlic-cream sauce. Pan-seared pork in a white-wine sauce. New york strip steak and quail. Many of the menu items at El Paraiso Tex-Mex Restaurant expand on the restaurant’s designation as a spicy, south-of-the-border-inspired eatery. There are plenty of staples, too, such as burritos, chimichangas, quesadillas, and enchiladas. Most come stuffed with vegetables, ground beef, shrimp, or chicken, and all feature a dollop of guacamole, a scoop of pico de gallo, or a troll’s spoonful of sour cream.