D.C.’s Own Food

13 07 2009

I’ve been thinking a lot about my previous post in which I discussed which foods are unique to certain cities, and I just can not come up with a food that is unique to Washington, D.C.

When you think of foods in relation to cities, some are obvious:

Chicago —> Chili

New York City —> Hot Dogs, Cheesecake, etc.

Philadelphia —> Cheesesteak

Dallas —> BBQ Beef

Boston —> Baked Beans, Clam Chowder

(Apparently the Banana Split was invented in Wilmington, Ohio. Who knew?)


So what food belongs to D.C? My dad suggested that out-of-town folks might suggest that crab cakes are unique to D.C., but that is completely bogus, since crabs are from the Eastern Shore, where D.C. isn’t. (Then my dad defended himself by saying how D.C. used to be part of Maryland. But even with that being the case, it’s still not on the Eastern Shore.) 

 I feel like most every (major) city has it’s signature food. Maybe I’m having a hard time with this one, because Washington is not an agricultural city. There is not enough room to grow any significant amount of crop. Also, D.C. isn’t as old a city as some of the other cities in the county. And is Washington classified more as a southern state or is it in the north? Should the food be Presidential-related? Patriotic? (I’m going to venture my guess that D.C.’s food is the red, white, and blue, Rocket Popsicles, especially to relieve those famously humid D.C. summers.)


Rocket Pops

Rocket Pops


I am going to make this a goal of mine to find out D.C.’s unique food. -A food that Washington can call it’s own. Maybe I am asking the wrong people. Maybe instead of locals, I should be asking those from outside the Beltway, to get their opinion on this matter. However, I do want to ask chefs from D.C. as well, to get their input; to see if they feel a special connection with a certain food of the city. Maybe I’ll even write in to the Food section of The Washington Post newspaper. Whatever I do, I’ll be sure to write about my findings and research in this blog.

D.C. needs its food!




4 responses

13 07 2009

I wouldn’t be surprised if DC’s food of choice is actually an international dish- given that we live in such a diverse area. There’s a lot of Sushi, Indian, and Mediterranean places.

And I’ll admit every weekend I love me some Peruvian Chicken.

14 07 2009

DC has it’s own food
The Half-Smoke
and it’s own condiment
Mambo Sauce (though I think officially it is Mumbo)

14 07 2009

a chili dog however, seems too similar to the “regular” chili that Chicago is known for.

20 07 2009

To me, Chicago is known for deep-dish pizza, well above chili. As for DC, I have no idea what they could call their own. I’m a NE girl, and I agree – crabs are for MD, lobster is for ME, and DC has no claim to either. 🙂

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