Turns out there are lots of things right about Standard, which was the plant store Garden District in its former life. The patio buzzes with the feel of a German beer garden, and the barbecue is, at least in the context of Washington’s barbecue options, very good. The pulled pork stuffed in a sandwich was full of mustard and acid, a he-man-size beef rib was full of smoky flavor, and a bratwurst had a great snap and vinegary kraut. Sure, the servers haven’t quite figured out how to manage the crowds, and the onion rings are a tad bland. And the line for a beer—there are six on draft—can get frustratingly long. But on 14th Street, lines are never a deterrent.
Standard, 1801 14th Street, Northwest; no phone. Open Wednesday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner.
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