Matchbox - Penn Quarter

713 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20001


Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown

Cuisines: Modern, Pizza, 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


Brick-oven pizzas and delicious miniburgers.

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

A smart list of microbrews and imported beers and clever pub grub make this an ideal destination before and after a game or concert at the Verizon Center. Unfortunately, it also makes for exceptionally long waits when you want a table most.

Angus burgers, mini or otherwise, are as beefy as ever--the minis get pickles and onion straws, the regular bistro burger a heady sprinkle of red-wine-infused Gorgonzola; both come on an eggy house-baked brioche bun. The open-faced flatiron-steak sandwich is a neat riff on the classic, with cremini mushrooms, Gruyère, and horseradish mayo creating a flavor powerhouse. You can make a meal of the simple but nicely put-together bistro salad with fresh pears and warm goat-cheese croutons or one of the brick-oven pizzas--we like the robust sausage and onion with roasted peppers and an elegant white sauceless prosciutto pie with ricotta.

Most of the big plates will take you beyond the Cheap Eats budget unless you share. The exceptions are a homey pasta dish or two and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken with pan gravy and mashed sweet potatoes.