"Home rule" gave DC the right to govern our local affairs. Now there’s "home grow, home use," a phrase coined by Wowser Bowser regarding our new right to toke up at home using ganja grown a few feet away. Since you’ll be spending so much time tending to your garden, we thought we’d puff puff pass along the top ten things to satisfy even the most aggressive cases of munchies. You can order them all for delivery via Postmates -- an app you need to promote to page one of your phone stat.
Sticky Rice (address and info)
Thankfully the app interface means you don’t have to utter the words "sticky balls" to an actual human when ordering, which means only your friends will know your stoner laugh sounds like a high-pitched Harajuku girl. Back to the balls! Inari tofu skins holding tuna, crab, and Sriracha rice are deep fried and dressed with scallions, wasabi dressing, and eel sauce. You'll be captivated while deciphering the different flavors and textures.
Graffiato (address and info)
Even if the thought of a Seth Rogen movie pains you after you saw ALL of him in The Interview, you want this pizza. It’s a take on traditional Hawaiian pizza, except it’s been fancified with what Mike Isabella calls "Taylor Spam," plus charred pineapple, scallions, and a sauce that can only be described as OMFG WHAT IS THAT. Don’t worry, for $17 a pie, it’s not really spam. When your Postmate peddles up with your order try not to yell "ALL ABOARD THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS." Also, leave out that you’ve been cheering for him Tour de France-style ever since he picked up your order.
Rasika (address and info)
Can’t get a reservation at this accolade-rich Indian restaurant? No worries, they’ll bring the magic to you. You can even order one of DC’s signature dishes -- palak chaat. The hyped-about pile of crispy fried spinach topped with sweet yogurt, tamarind sauce, and date chutney travels incredibly well. You’ll get a real rise out of eating a white tablecloth meal in your sweatpants. Or your no-pants.
DGS Delicatessen (address and info)
Half-baked and can’t decide between corned beef and pastrami? Done clumsily googling the difference between corned beef and pastrami? Great, now order the Half Street from DGS Delicatessen. It has both, plus sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and mustard on double-baked rye. It’s everything you’d want in a deli sandwich, plus it provides the intellectual-meets-physical challenge of trying to get it in your mouth.
14oz Wagyu strip loin
BLT Steak (address and info)
This dish is for those caught in the ellipse of the Venn diagram where one-percenters and weed smokers overlap. Surely they’re the only ones willing to order a $95 slab of Wagyu cooked to their liking. The team at BLT Steak reports that you can’t order it raw, so forget about those "chef adventures" you had planned for your kitchen. You can, however, order it rare all the way through medium well alongside your pick of one of eight sauces. Requesting that your Wagyu be delivered by armored vehicle instead of car or bicycle in the "Special Instructions" section is a lame move.
Small pita with three balls
Amsterdam Falafelshop (address and info)
If you’re in the kind of state where you can’t even walk into a restaurant that beckons stoners with the words "Amsterdam" and "Falafel," Postmates will bring the balls to you. Three should do just fine. The trick is entrusting someone else to load your pita up with baba ganoush, pickled turnips, chickpea salad, and all of the other toppings that seem foreign now that you’re seeing them in word-form, rather than in a scoop-it-yourself salad bar.
Ben & Jerry’s
Postmates' General Store
Get the gold standard of dessert-stoner-food delivered to your doorstep thanks to Postmates' General Store. You’ll find pints in the "Vices" section, laughably next to ribbed condoms, Red Bull, and US Weekly (for real). Pick a flavor that will tickle your inner archeologist, like Chunky Monkey, because you’ll have to dig for fudge.
Wing & drum combo
Kochix (address and info)
Variety is king when you’re baked. That’s why you’re opting for both wings and drums from KoChix -- the new kid on the block in terms of Korean fried chicken. The level of difficulty on this order is advanced, however. That’s because you have to type your sauce flavor into that "special instructions" section we mentioned. Your choices are soy garlic, hot spicy, and honey spicy. The extra effort pays off in the form of the audible crunch created by the two-step frying process.
Rice (address and info)
“Hello you sweet thing” you’ll whisper when you lift the cardboard flaps to find your Pad Thai lovingly wrapped inside an impossibly thin egg crepe. Just don’t get lost in an episode of Broad City and forget that your noodles have arrived, or they’ll start to stick together. There’s nothing like still-warm, peanut covered noodles, so get this one right.
DCity Smokehouse (address and info)
DC’s BBQ authority is on Postmates, making it possible for you to spend a meaningful evening with an appetizer of pit-smoked wings, a side of hush puppies, and a BBQ platter featuring brisket and ribs that scream "eat me during your House of Cards marathon."
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1. Sticky Rice1224 H St NE, Washington
2. Graffiato707 6th St, Washington
3. Rasika633 D St NW, Washington
4. DGS Delicatessen1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
5. BLT Steak1625 I St NW, Washington
6. Amsterdam Falafelshop2425 18th St NW, Washington
7. Kochix400 Florida Ave NW, Washington
8. Rice1608 14th St NW, Washington
9. DCity Smokehouse8 Florida Ave NW, Washington
Sticky Rice is a cool American-Pan-Asian restaurant offers sushi, noodles, cocktails, and more. Be sure to try the "Sticky Balls" -- inari tofu skins holding tuna, crab, and Sriracha rice deep fried and dressed with scallions, wasabi dressing, and eel sauce.
Opened by former "Top Chef" Mike Isabella, Graffiato is an innovative Italian eatery in Chinatown (yes, confusing). What's not confusing is the tastes or the fact that there is a ham bar where locally-cured meats are carved to perfection right in front of you. The open wooden bar-style kitchen allows you to converse with the chef as he kneads the dough for your personal wood-fired pie.
Make a reservation well in advance for this Indian fine-dining experience in Penn Quarter, where, after more than a decade on the culinary scene (it more than fills DC's "upscale Indian" gap), the contemporary restaurant still gets packed with professionals both young and old, and plenty of client-wooing dinners. That said, you'll want to eschew jeans on your special night out at Rasika, and perhaps anything white as well, considering you'll be indulging in saucy plates of expertly made classics like chicken tikka masala, tandoori lamb chops, and duck vindaloo. You'd be remiss not to order a side of the fan-favorite palak chaat, too: crisp, lightly fried spinach leaves drizzled with sweet yogurt, tamarind, and date chutney. The white tablecloth? It's a goner.
DGS Delicatessen takes the idea from your old Jewish grandmother's kitchen and elevates it with a modern and creative spin that gives this authentic deli-bar new flavor and energy with a homestyle base. Styled after the turn-of-the-century grocery stores, DGS Delicatessen house cures and smokes their all meats and fish as well as crafts their own duck fat matzo balls.
There are six different cuts available at BLT, but for over-the-top extravagance, the upscale modern steakhouse offers four cuts of American wagyu. It’s not just the steaks that make this place great, though: chef Mar Hennessy changes the menu each season. The menu also features selections from the raw bar and its signature warm popovers.
Amsterdam Falafelshop slings everyones favorite deep-fried chickpea mash across Adams Morgan, and it's some of the best in the DC area. It comes with a big pile of fresh veggies wrapped up in a flatbread or in a bowl, and there's never even a slight ponderance over whether or not you should pair them with fries. They're Dutch-style, meaning they're thick cut, freshly fried for crunchy outside and light and fluffy insides.
In the D.C. area, K.F.C. more likely stands for Korean Fried Chicken than the Kentucky iteration, and the sticky honey-soy battered wings are fairly ubiquitous. At Kochix, however, the standard, tasty dish is particularly worthy of note. The wings are prepared to perfection -- battered with just the right gentle touch, fried perfectly with tender, buttery white meat at the core, and topped with a balanced combination of Korean spices. Served doused in either a soy-garlic reduction, or a honey-spicy glaze, the extra-saucy brand of poultry-delicacy at this Florida Ave hole-in-the-wall will certainly win you over.
Rice has one of the best pad Thai dishes in DC -- the noodles are wrapped inside an impossibly thin egg crepe. Be sure to also try the pork green tea dumplings.
DCity Smokehouse hosts a four-seat BBQ joint led by pitmaster Rob Sonderman. You’ll find menu items like the chicken and red velvet waffles and Sondermans’ smoked meats, and you can get a protein grand tour with a smokehouse meat platter. As far as we are concerned, DCity is one of the best places to get BBQ in Washington DC.