Cheap Eats 2007: Matchbox
Comments () | Published July 13, 2007
Matchbox - Penn Quarter
Address: 713 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-289-4441
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Pizza, Modern, Italian, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11 AM to close, Saturday and Sunday 10 to close (brunch until 3 PM).
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Plates of mini-burgers—salt-and-peppery Angus patties topped with Gouda and pickles on buttered brioche; a calzonelike crust folded around layers of mozzarella, pepperoni, and spicy meatballs; apple-and-pear salad with Gorgonzola; brick-oven pizzas such a

It’s no longer a matchbox: An expansion more than doubled the size of this always-packed Chinatown hangout and added a second pizza oven to the multilevel space.

The long bar by the entrance remains unchanged—and one of the best places in town to enjoy a Chimay Ale. A good accompaniment, and the best reason to eat here, is a plate of miniburgers—three, six, or nine little sandwiches with tiny patties of seasoned Angus topped with a pickle slice and served in a glistening roll with a little smear of mustard. Specify that you want them medium-rare, and request that the mountain of onion straws atop the plate be freshly fried. Good, well-dressed salads help temper the richness.

The consistency of the pizza has declined, and much of the rest of the menu is beyond the Cheap Eats budget. But the miniburgers and fries, the good beer, salads, and the occasional good pizza are reason enough to brave the crowds.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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