The key to every great Memorial Day Weekend is great food. If the food isn’t right, then the holiday isn’t right. You can’t disrespect those who have fought and died for our country with poor food selection. If we’re going to celebrate this holiday, we’ve got to do it properly with the correct food choices. That’s where Def Pen comes in. This year, we’ll be on site at the best food festival that the nation’s capital has to offer, Midnite BBQ. In preparation for our trip down to the Chocolate City, we want to give you five key food spots you need to hit up to get the best experience at this year’s Midnite BBQ. You’re welcome!
It may be hard to convince New York and Chicago natives, but Washington, D.C. has some of the best pizza in the country. Their pizza may not hit like New Haven’s or Chicago’s, but it’s definitely the king of the mid-Atlantic region. Given the success of &Pizza and Flippin’ Pizza, Rollin’ Pizza is next in line to provide a new look to Washington, D.C.’s growing pizza scene. Best of all, you can catch this pizza truck floating around the city with specialty pizzas for a reasonable price under $10. If you’re working with a tight budget at Midnite BBQ, Rollin’ Pizza is definitely the move this Memorial Day Weekend.
Over the years, fried chicken has been paired with a number of items including fries, waffles, and collard greens. Roy Boys has decided to pair the delicacy with oysters. Given the district’s connection with Black culture and its closeness to the water, it only makes sense for Roy Boys to combine the two for a special cuisine. Roy Boys also offers macaroni and cheese, po boys and craft cocktails. To top it all off, the Shaw restaurant is known for its handmade ice cream tacos. Yes, you read that correctly.
If you’re looking for healthy food that is made with purpose, Konscious Katerers is the move. The family operated and owned business offers healthy and fresh catering targeted toward the Washington, D.C. community. With chipotle shrimp cups and southwest chicken egg rolls, Konscious Katerers bridges the gap between health and taste. Not to mention, the small business offers digital cooking courses and meal prep lessons for the community. All in all, Konscious Katerers is for the community and worthy of your business at Midnite BBQ this year.
Fried chicken isn’t as ordinary. There are a number of ways you can enjoy this American delicacy and Roaming Rooster helps you explore each one. This Washington, D.C. fried chicken powerhouse offers Nashville hot chicken, honey butter fried chicken, and buffalo fried chicken among other variations of the dish. In addition, Roaming Rooster offers some of the best lemonade you can find in the northeast. Best of all, Roaming Rooster is very friendly to those on a budget.
Ivy City Smokehouse
It’s sort of unfair that Ivy City Smokehouse is traditionally located next to a Planet Fitness in northeast Washington, D.C. Ivy City Smokehouse is irresistible for a number of reasons. This smokehouse offers salmon, po boys, burgers, and everything in between. You can also grab clams and mussels if you’re interested. Simply put, they have all of your seafood needs and some great burger options if seafood isn’t your thing.