Feeding Yourself Without Leo’s (It’s Possible!)

Last year I supported Leo’s. Everyone complained about the quality of food, the lack of options, and the long lines for meals that were never really worth it. But I always came to its defense because I truly liked the food that was offered and I never left hungry.

But since the start of this school year, my friends and I have gone on a Leo’s boycott (except for Chicken Finger Thursdays because, really, who can pass those up?). And with the recent report of Leo’s numerous health code violations, students are starting to demand change. While we wait for Leo’s to get it’s act together, here are some other ways to feed yourself without leaving campus:

Epicurean – This restaurant is by far my favorite spot on campus. Although it may be a bit of a trek for those who live over in Southwest Quad or Village A, the wide array of choices – a daily buffet, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps – makes Epicurean well worth the walk. I personally recommend the quesadilla and The Baja, a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and melted pepper jack cheese.

Wisemiller’s – Wisey’s takes the cake for the most convenient off campus food option. Located directly across from Walsh, one needs to walk only steps off campus to grab a great, quick and easy sandwich. If you’re having trouble deciding what to order, go with the Chicken Madness – you will not be disappointed.

Einstein Brothers Bagels – The opening of an Einstein Bagels on the third floor of Regents has been a great addition to the gorgeous new building. Unfortunately, the ‘store’ is simply a cart, but, each time that I have gone to pick up some breakfast, there has always been a good selection of fresh bagels. Even more exciting is the recent announcement of the expansion of the Einstein’s in Car Barn later this year.

The Corp – I feel as if I have lived off of food from the Corp this entire year. Between sushi, Booey’s sandwiches and even the falafels, I seem to never run out of options. Vital Vittles in Leavey usually offers the most choices of all of the Corp storefronts so make sure to head over there if you are struggling to find some diversity. Thank you, Corp, for feeding me for the past few weeks – I don’t know what I would do without you.

Hopefully, the situation at Leo’s improves, but, until then, we’ll all just have to get a little creative. Maybe you’ll even try out those cooking skills that you never knew you had!

Living Without Wingo’s (for now)

It was brought to our attention earlier today that Wingo’s is currently closed, and won’t open again until August 20th. Where else are we supposed to get sauce that promises to be hot on the way in and the way out?

But just because Wingo’s is on summer vacation doesn’t mean you have to go without buffalo wings. We’ve put together some places to fill the chicken wing-shaped hole in your life while we all await the return of our beloved wing shop.

J Bell’s Wing House
Founded by Julius Bell, a Buffalo native, J Bell’s Wing House has been around D.C. for more than 20 years. They serve up traditional southern food and buffalo wings with sauces like Honey BBQ and Mumbo. Their house specialty, 24 Karat sauce, is a sweet and sour spicy barbecue sauce—try it mixed with the hot sauce and enjoy. J Bell’s is carry out only, so if you’re planning on heading here call ahead so that your wings are ready when you get there.
715 Euclid Street NW (between Georgia Ave and 9th Street)

This Logan Circle bar won in DC Beer’s hunt for the best buffalo wings in the District, so I think it’s safe to say that they’re pretty good. They described it as a wing that “even the most snotty foodie might appreciate,“ with a sauce made simply of butter and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. ChurchKey also has an absurd variety of good beers with 50 different beers on tap and more than 500 different labels.
1337 14th Street NW

Old Glory
Home to the most authentic barbecue in Georgetown, Old Glory’s wings are marinated in amber ale, slow smoked, grilled, and served with a side of cilantro ranch. There’s a good amount of meat on them, and you can choose from a variety of sauces from different parts of the country. Or not choose, because all six are already on the table.
3139 M Street NW

The Big Hunt
If you want to eat wings and you want to eat a lot of them, check out The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle. An order of buffalo wings weighs in at over a pound, so you can share with a friend or three. They’re not too spicy and go well with a cheap beer (PBR, anyone?). Bonus: Tuesdays from 7-11 The Big Hunt has 15 cent wing night which is almost as great as half price Wingo’s on Wednesdays.
1345 Connecticut Ave NW

The Tombs
An old standby that can’t be beat in terms of location. While Tombs doesn’t have as many sauces as Wingo’s and is a bit more expensive, if you want good wings without traveling too far this is the place for you. They serve solid, traditional buffalo wings with bleu cheese dressing on the side—goes great with Tuesday night trivia!
1226 36th Street NW

But actually, go for the wings.
825 7th Street NW

Photo: Flickr user dovetaildw

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Captain Cookie and the Milkman

What better way to deal with the 95-degree heat today than to head down to the food trucks and grab some local ice cream and fresh cookies?

Captain Cookie and the Milkman is one of the best food trucks these bloggers have ever come in contact with. On any given day, you can walk up, have your choice of six or seven different ice cream flavors or six or seven different kinds of cookies. The flavors rotate on a daily basis, but no matter what day it is, you’re bound to find a flavor you love.

And here’s the best thing about Captain Cookie: Not only is the ice cream local, creamy, cold and AMAZING; its also cheap. A bowl of ice cream is only $1.50, a far cry from the prices at fro-yo and ice cream shops around the city.

The cookies (freshly baked each day) are only $1.25 each; and though a hot, gooey cookie may not be what the body calls for on a steamy D.C. lunch-hour, ice cream sandwiched by those scrumptious delectables is exactly what you need. Have your choice of any flavor of ice cream with any cookie (we sampled peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream) and enjoy it quickly before it melts! You’ll want every last drop of melted ice cream and every last crumb of your cookie.

To find out where Captain Cookie is every day, be sure to follow their Twitter handle, @captaincookiedc. If you’re not near Captain Cookie today, be sure to check out our other Hot Spots.

More Cupcakes for Georgetown

I know what you are thinking right now. How in the world could Georgetown, a neighborhood that is more saturated in cupcakes than any other place in the world, possibly support MORE cupcakes?

Sprinkles has your answer. Install a 24/7 “cupcake ATM” so anyone can satiate their sweet tooth at any time, night or day. It sounds like futuristic ploy to make us fat. But it’s not. It’s just a way to satiate your late night sweet tooth. Coming this August, Sprinkles will have a full-service, 24/7 cupcake ATM in front of its store at 3015 M Street.

Georgetown won’t house the first cupcake ATM in the world, though. That honor belongs to Sprinkles’ Beverly Hills ATM, which opened this past March.  Nor are we the only additional ATM. Sprinkles is installing others in New York, Chicago and Houston.

According to The Washington Post, the cupcake machine costs roughly $100,000 dollars, but that’s because of the fancy robotic arm, video camera, touchscreen and pastel-colored decorations. Besides, even though the Beverly Hills machine just opened up four months ago, it sells 1,000 cupcakes a day, meaning the machine has just about paid for itself already. Besides the robotic arm, touchscreen and video camera, the ATM is linked to a cupcake vault, which can hold up to 600 cupcakes at a time and is restocked several times a day so cupcakes can stay fresh.

ATM cupcakes will cost $4, instead of the typical $3.50, which Sprinkles says is a packaging surcharge. (Also, wouldn’t you be willing to pay a little extra to order from a robotic arm at 3 a.m.?)

So, could cupcakes become the new drunk food on Saturday nights, replacing the likes of Tuscany and Quick Pita? Or could the ATM become as much of an annoyance as the never ending line along 33rd Street in front of Georgetown Cupcake? I guess we’ll find out in August.

Photo credit: Oh Joy

Chick-fil-A Truck Delayed

Last month, we started salivating in anticipation of a Chick-fil-A food truck hitting the streets of D.C. This week, we heard that we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that famous chicken sandwich.

The truck, which was supposed to hit the streets on Monday, will likely not satiate chicken desires in the District for another two weeks, reports NBC4. And there’s more bad news for Chick-fil-A fans — the truck won’t be serving some of Chick-fil-A’s signature treats, including waffle fries, sweet tea and lemonade.

Also, in our last post expressing our initial excitement for the Chick-fil-A food truck, many of you voiced concerns over the company’s political. For those of you that feel strongly about Chick-Fil-A’s political stance, don’t visit the food truck. We found a couple of local restaurants that food bloggers around the city seem to think serve a great fried chicken — Georgia Brown’s Restaurant (950 15th St. NW), Henry’s Soul Cafe (1704 U St. NW) or, for a more upscale scene, Central Michel Richard (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) — are universally highly acclaimed. Other D.C. blogs saw similar concerns, so we decided we’d follow suit in showing y’all a hilarious (albeit slightly inappropriate) music video DCist found about the Chick-fil-A/LGBT rights issue.

Mor Chikin in D.C.

We’re always excited to hear about awesome new food trucks hitting the streets of D.C, but today’s announcement by fast-food chicken giant Chick-fil-A has us pumped for “mor chikin.”

Yep, that’s right. D.C. is getting a new Chick-fil-A food truck. For those of you who miss those addictive chicken strips, waffle fries and milkshakes, no longer will you have to trek all the way over to Arlington for a taste of those totally addictive chicken strips. All you have to do is follow the truck on Twitter as it feeds chicken fanatics around the District.

Starting April 9, Chick-fil-A’s food truck will begin to serve its world-famous chicken sandwiches at locations across the District. The food truck service will be Chick-fil-A’s most visible presence in D.C. (It’s only current location is at Catholic University—and at a number of locations in suburban Virginia and Maryland.

The food truck that will dart around the city beginning in April has already been spotted at the restaurant’s Largo location in Maryland. So, get ready for some long lines and fast-food chicken—Chick-fil-A is coming!

A New Celebrity Food Truck for the District

Celebrity chef José Andrés is opening up a new restaurant to compliment his already  extensive presence in the D.C. area. Unlike his current restaurants though, this one will move around.

Andrés started serving food from Pepe, his Spanish-themed food truck, in D.C. over Spring Break, but though its been bopping around the District to serve hungry offices every lunchtime, it still hasn’t visited the Hilltop.

According to DCist, Andrés views his food truck as a test market for his already successful D.C.-area restaurants: Jaleo in Chinatown, Crystal City and Bethesda; America Eats Tavern near the National Archives; Zaytinya near the Verizon Center and Oyamel in Penn Quarter.

Pepe offers eight Spanish-themed sandwiches, and the full menu can be viewed here. We can’t wait to get our taste of this new food truck with sandwiches like the Pepito de Ternera, a sandwich of beef tenderloin, piquillo peppers, caramelized onions and blue cheese.

To check on the daily progress of the District’s latest celebrity food truck, be sure to check its Twitter page. If Spanish isn’t your jam, but you still want to check out one of D.C.’s famed trucks, check out Washington Post’s Going Out Guide for a list of where to start your culinary truck adventure.

Last Minute Valentine

by Michelle Cassidy

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. While some hyperorganized couples have had plans set since Christmas break, there are plenty of people scrambling to pull together a romantic Tuesday evening at the last minute. Lucky for you, 4E is here to help. We’ve assembled some last minute Valentine’s Day suggestions that will make it look like you’ve been planning for weeks, instead of 24 hours before the big day.

Take it Outside The forecast for tomorrow calls for warmer weather than we’ve had for the last couple days, so how about a romantic picnic? Pack a blanket, some snacks and some hot chocolate (or champagne) and find somewhere private. Head up to the Observatory garden or down to the waterfront and set up camp. Be sure to bring an umbrella in case of rain, or be prepared to recreate a famous romantic moment.

Top Chef It may be too late to get a reservation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share a delicious dinner. Get yourself up to Safeway and grab ingredients for a dinner for two. Even if you’re not a skilled cook, it’s the thought that counts! And it’s a much better alternative to a Leo’s date.

Movie Night Get a selection of romantic movies and some popcorn, and spend the night in. Movies like Casablanca, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic and The Princess Bride are all great options (but there are tons more out there).

Head Downtown There are plenty of date-appropriate spots downtown (and no, we’re not necessarily talking about the monuments). The Botanic Garden has a permanent rose exhibit, perfect for February 14th. If flowers aren’t your thing, the ice rink in the Sculpture Garden is still open too.

An Old Standby There’s a reason that flowers and chocolate are the traditional Valentine’s Day gift. Head down to Dean & Deluca on M Street to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers and some fancy chocolates. If that’s a little pricey for you, Safeway also has a nice selection of both.

Photo: washingtonpost.com

Good Stuff Eatery Heading to Georgetown

by Bethany Imondi

Photo: goodstuffeatery.com

If there is one thing that D.C. might have more of than cupcakeries, it has to be deluxe burger joints. From Ray’s Hell Burger to BGR to Shake Shack, the District has its fair share of options for those carnivores looking to sink their teeth into a patty hot off the grill.

On Capitol Hill, one of the most popular spots for burgers is Good Stuff Eatery. Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Spike Mendelsohnn owns the joint, which serves up gourmet burgers and shakes and  has garnered a popular fan base that even includes President Obama. Fans in Georgetown can rejoice at the news that Good Stuff Eatery could be coming locally.

Early last week Good Stuff Eatery launched a new website that seemed to confirm the restaurant’s arrival in Georgetown. The location’s page hints that the burger place could open as early as this spring, but there is no official word on its location. There are rumors that it will take residence in the space formerly home to Georgetown Wings Co.; however, a lease has yet to be signed which would finalize the deal.

So while Georgetown will have to wait at least a few more months before enjoying a Prez Obama Burger or a Michelle Melt or a hand-spun toasted marshmallow milkshake, at least we have Five Guys and Thunder Burger to satisfy burger cravings.

Your Guide to Georgetown FroYo

Photo via flickr user Carly & Art

by Gillian Evans

Not all froyo is created equal. Georgetown’s frozen dairy options are, in fact, incredibly unequal. When you have a hankering for something cold and sweet (that you can still sort of pretend is healthy), you have to know your way around Georgetown froyo. So we’ve assembled a cheat sheet to help you through the winter months, when clearly all you want is some nice cold frozen yogurt.

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