Dive In to Tune Inn

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Tune Inn
As Georgetown students, it’s not highly uncommon to dine next to senators and congressmen. If you want to go to restaurant with a high chance of a political leader sighting, we tune in to Tune Inn, a restaurant 3 blocks from the Capitol. Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Dine-Ins and Dives”, Tune Inn boasts itself to be a 100% genuine dive.

Started in 1947 by Joe Nardelli, Tune Inn has been described by regulars as “the quintessential Capitol Hill establishment”. Managed by Nardelli’s granddaughter Lisa and head chef Michael Tate, the restaurant continues cooking up dishes that keep customers coming back.

Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 2am and Saturday – Sunday from 8am – 3:30am, you can meet all types of people at the Inn. Customers range from firemen to off-duty cops, from senators to locals, and ultimately, anyone who just wants to have a good time with good food. So if you’re looking for some cheap eats and a real diner-bar experience, head down to the Capitol and sample these amazing dishes:

Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, breaded and deep fried (served with marinara)

Tune Inn Fries A large helping of battered fries covered in cheddar cheese, sautéed onions and crumbled bacon (served with salsa ranch dressing)

Tune Inn Nachos Piled with pulled barbecue pork, sautéed onions, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and side of salsa

Tony’s Beer Battered Burger Burger is grilled, beer battered, dropped in the deep fryer and topped with cheese

Joe’s West Virginia Freshly cooked roast beef piled high, American cheese and signature sauce, grilled on rye

Tune Inn Burger Hamburger topped with signature sauce, American cheese and onion straws

Check out Tune Inn’s complete menu here.


Easy Nachos
For your own quick go-to diner staple at home, try these easy-to-make nachos. They’re great for Friday movie night get-togethers!

Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Meanwhile, shred 1 pound of sharp cheddar cheese. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread about half of a 14-ounce bag of tortilla chips on the baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over the chips. Repeat with remaining chips and cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with your choice of toppings. Serve immediately.

Living the Long Weekend, Columbus Style

Ah, Columbus Day weekend. Trees are changing colors, pumpkins are ripening on the vine, and allergies are hitting hard. If you aren’t one of the thousands of people going home in the coming days, take a second to enjoy the DC autumn in the name of Christopher Columbus. Here are a few ways to celebrate your favorite Cuba-discoverer and set your weekend sailing into the new world:

Explore the city. Nothing says Columbus Day like setting off in search of new neighborhood, a new favorite restaurant, or even a new favorite spot on campus. It doesn’t matter if your exploration is a flop—Columbus didn’t find India, but things worked out in the end. The point is to get up, get out there, and take advantage of everything Washington has to offer. Like Columbus, you might just hit the jackpot. Some suggestions: Try Bar Dupont’s James Bond Anniversary Party on Friday or the Columbia Heights Day Festival on Saturday.

Let out your inner Spaniard. Do some tequila shots, or stop by Ezme, a tapas bar in Dupont. Visit the DC Fine Art Photography Fair at the former Spanish Ambassador’s residence this Sunday. Listen to the new single by Enrique Iglesias and let yourself get a little crazy. Party this weekend up like Isabella and Ferdinand when they learned their boy Christopher just got them a brand new backyard across the Atlantic…

…Or take some time to simply relax. Discovering the new world and torturing a bunch of Indians was no easy feat, and neither are midterms, papers, internships, and extra-curriculars. Walk along the Potomac, de-stress, cozy up in your favorite slippers, and have some pumpkin beer. Take a leisurely walk down Pennsylvania Avenue this weekend and have a Taste of DC, filled with restaurant specials, food trucks, and local tastings.

Regardless of what you choose this weekend, take a moment and be like our buddy Christopher Columbus. Seize the day, and do things your way. You never know what you’ll find. (It might even be Cuba.)

The New World Awaits, Hoyas…

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