BBQ, Oktoberfest Bier, freshmade donuts and communal picnic tables… what more can you ask for??? By recommendation from a fellow chowhound, several of my friends and I met up at Standard DC this past Saturday.
Founded by New England natives, Tad Curtz and David Rosner, Standard DC serves up no-frills bbq fare paired with an outstanding selection of German and American microbrews. Excitement always leads me to arrive thirty minutes earlier than the rest of the party. So with that stated, I was able to watch the curbside “donut robot” in action. A soft solicitation convinced me to buy half a dozen of their cinnamon sugar donuts for five bucks. This proved to be a good decision as the place was packed and my friends all came starving for bbq and beer. The donuts were not bought purely out of glutton after all… Ok maybe I’m lying to myself, but my friends certainly thanked me for offering.
The wait is quite long as the venue is tiny. However, time really seems to fly when you’re around good company and beer. Due to its size, we quickly turned to communal table stalking in hope that a party would be leaving soon. But as mentioned before, time flew by and we’ve found a place to partake in the bbq. Pricing is unique at Standard with entrees locked in at $7.27 and sides going for $2.73, which conveniently adds up to ten dollars.
A majority of the party went with either the beef brisket sandwich or the pulled pork. Considering I had a half liter Erdinger Weissbier in hand, I was inclined to order a “wurst” of some sort. And having seen a tweet earlier on, I ordered the currywurst with a side of hush puppies. The hush puppies were on the bland side and I didn’t know what could’ve made them better. However, I fully enjoyed the currywust, which was accompanied by frites.
Overall, the party of eight including myself had a great time. I, for one love eating an early dinner to avoid the rush. However, with Standard’s great cheap eats, bier and a casual environment, anytime pretty much is the right time to stop in. So long as the weather permits and the kitchen is still open and ready to serve.
1801 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009