Critics' Guilty Pleasures

You might think restaurant critics live on a steady diet of bone marrow, Reblochon cheese, and Manjari chocolate, but what do our food writers eat when they’re pinching pennies and nobody’s looking? (Except where noted, eateries have multiple area locatio

By: Ann Limpert, Todd Kliman, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano

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Todd Kliman

Smothered enchiladas and bean-and-cheese burrito at Tippy’s Taco House

Glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme

Steak and eggs at Silver Diner

Bourbon chicken at Big Easy Cajun

5-Way Chili Mac at Hard Times Cafe

 
Ann Limpert

Chicken sandwich, plain or with Buffalo sauce, at Chick-fil-A

Chicago-style pizza with extra sauce at Armand’s

Pretzel with sweet mustard at Auntie Anne’s

Avocado egg rolls at the Cheesecake Factory

Spicy dark-meat chicken at Popeyes

 
Kate Nerenberg 

Chocolate-glazed doughnut at Dunkin’ Donuts

Cheese pupusas at El Rinconcito Cafe (1129 11th St., NW; 202-789-4110)

Gingerbread cookie at Firehook Bakery and Coffee House

Bacon cheeseburger with everything—except green peppers, A1, and barbecue sauce—and fries at Five Guys

Carnitas burrito at Chipotle

 
Rina Rapuano

Cherry-dipped cone of vanilla ice cream at Dairy Queen

Chicken McNuggets with hot mustard sauce and fries at McDonald’s

Chocolate Frosty at Wendy’s

Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy’s

Chips and queso at California Tortilla

 

This appeared as part of the Dirt Cheap Eats section in the November, 2009 issue of The Washingtonian.  

 

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