As a transplanted Texan, I often decry the lack of any real BBQ culture on Mid-Atlantic coast. You’ve got to go to Richmond to get a decent rack of ribs! Since I started working in Washington in August of ’09, weekday lunches have mainly consisted of Au Bon Pain or the local pizza joint. Sure, ABP has a “BBQ Chicken” sandwich on the menu. And yes, I have gotten it on occasion. But it never really hit the BBQ Spot for me. I’d nearly put BBQ out of mind when my good friend Jake pointed me at a Texas BBQ joint in Chinatown of all places.
I was attending the FOSE conference near CTown and had a taste for ramen noodles from an authentic noodle bar. I put the callout on Twitter and Jake quickly came back telling me that I wouldn’t believe it, but there was a BBQ joint in CTown. I pulled up Maps on my iPhone and frantically plugged in the name, only to find it was one block away. Turning toward H Street, I could detect the sweet smell of smoke among the five-spice and ginger.
Capitol BBQ definitely fits the bill of a transplanted piece of Texas in my eyes. The decor was typical and the meat selection expansive. I settled on a two-meat combo plate with brisket and ribs. Two sides and a spicy sauce round out the plate for $14.00, which is actually a decent price for Washington, where you can’t get away for less than $17 most places. I was also excited to see Shiner Bock in the cold case. However, I opted for a Dr. Pepper since I was technically on taxpayer time. I will be going back after work one of these days.
I can definitely see Capitol BBQ becoming a regular stop. Heck, I’ll even pony up the extra ten cents Metro is charging for the ride.