Georgetown Food Issue
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 20:04
1609 Foxhall Rd. | $ out of $$$$
Need to get away from campus, even for only a short 15 minutes? Take a study break and head over to Jettie’s, which is just on the other side of the Georgetown University Hospital on Foxhall Road. With amazing sandwiches, salads, soups and ice cream, Jetties is a cut above the rest in terms of low-cost meals. Although it’s a little farther from campus, Jetties is worth the walk. Not only are all the ingredients fresh and expertly cooked, but they are also combined in interesting ways to bring you deliciousness with every bite.
Recommended Dishes: Surfside Sandwich, Nobadeer Sandwich, Tuckernuck Salad
3207 O St. | $ out of $$$$
With sauces ranging from mild to nuclear to suicidal, Wingo’s knows its wings. Just make sure you know how much heat you can handle before ordering. Although most students think of Wingo’s as a purely wings-focused establishment, its menu is actually quite extensive, but stick with what Wingo’s does best and avoid the fried cheesecake and other oddball items that are offered. With low prices, Wingo’s offers some crucial comforts for any standard college diet — wings, chicken tenders and fries.
Recommended Dishes: 10 Wing Special, 3 Tender Special
1440 Wisconsin Ave. | $ out of $$$$
A Georgetown staple, Wisemiller’s Grocery & Deli has been feeding hungry Hoyas at low prices for years. Whether ordering from the branch on Wisconsin Avenue, or going with the standard establishment just outside the front gates, you’re guaranteed a good meal at low price. If you haven’t heard of the legendary Chicken Madness, you have to try one before you graduate. With one location steps away from campus and another one that delivers, offering both comfort sandwiches and healthier options, Wisey’s continues to uphold the standard of the best of cheap eats in Georgetown.
1665 Wisconsin Ave. | $ out of $$$$
Sick of the lines at the campus coffee shops? Swing by Bean Counter for your early morning fix. It’s on Wisconsin Avenue between CVS and Safeway, and brews fantastic coffees, especially when poured over ice. They also have an array of tasty paninis as well as made-to-order egg sandwiches. Two years ago, Sir David Beckham even paid a visit to the shop, as evidenced by some articles and clippings posted on the wall. Copy his tasty order by picking up an iced mocha and a chocolate muffin.
3000 M St. NW | $ out of $$$$
La Madeleine’s dark wood interior and cozy tables can make you forget that the place is a chain restaurant. They serve up their meals cafeteria style, but if you buckle down with a hot cup of bottomless café, you’ll feel very far away from Leo’s. You can even treat yourself to a frothy latte served in a big cup, and pair it with one of their mini pastries or a fresh croissant.
Dean & Deluca
3276 M St. NW | $$ out of $$$$
Although the main draw of Dean and Deluca lies in their ritzy supermarket offerings, the attached coffee shop can give you a much-deserved pick-me-up after dropping so much cash on designer groceries. The sizes run small and the syrups are limited, but you can get decent latte or brewed cup from their outdoor cafe, especially when shopping on M Street. Pair your drink with a piece of biscotti and snag an outdoor table on the cobbled street for prime people watching.
3318 M St. NW | $$ out of $$$$
If you’re looking for a quiet corner to grab decadent desserts, head down Cady’s Alley to find Kafe Leopold, home to some of Georgetown’s best European desserts and pastries. With a sophisticated environment fit for dessert with friends or a relaxing afternoon study break, the pastries and desserts at Leopold’s are sinfully rich and moist. Each delicate morsel emerges from the kitchens with elegant plating and is often garnished with seasonal fruit and herbs. Some favorites include the fruity Apfelstrudel, an apple strudel with hot vanilla sauce; chocolaty Sacher Torte, dark chocolate cake layered with apricot preserves and chocolate glaze; and nutty Fraisier, an almond cake layered with pistachio mousse and fresh strawberries.
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St. | $ out of $$$$
While Baked & Wired is often known as Georgetown Cupcake’s quirky competitor, this spunky bakery has bragging rights for much more than their cupcakes. The counter service is always cheery and employees are willing to make suggestions if you’re having trouble deciding from their smorgasbord of sweets, which includes cupcakes, cookies, bars, pies and more. Quite simply, the cupcakes are outstanding, with favorites like Chai Tea Latte, chai spiced cake with latte frosting; Pretty Bitchin’, a chocolate cake with crunchy peanut butter frosting; and the seasonal Menage a Trois, chocolate cake with cream cheese icing and raspberry jam. Non-cupcake favorites include the chewy snickerdoodle cookies, cherry berry pie and Bertha sandwich-cookies made of soft oatmeal cookies filled with cream cheese frosting.
3423 M St. NW | $$ out of $$$$
This cutesy pie shop is one of Georgetown’s newest sweet spots. Located a few doors down from Dixie on M Street, Pie Sisters could easily take over Georgetown’s dessert scene one slice of pie at a time. Three sisters are the chefs behind the charming pies produced on a daily basis. This small shop is perfect for some light reading over a slice or a carryout dessert for late-night snacking. They offer both mini individual pies, or “cuppies,” and full slices. If you’re more of a crust person, go for the individual, but if you love the fillings, a slice is the way to go. The cherry has a crumbly, buttery topping over slightly tart cherries. Others, like the apple caramel crunch or peach and raspberry cream, are also sure to please anyone with an appetite for perfect pieces of pie.