Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: G Street Food

When Mark Furstenberg, Washington’s top bread maker, sold his perpetually packed Breadline, we thought his lunch-slinging days were past. Thankfully, we were wrong. His new bakery/cafe, done up in traffic-cone-orange paint and metal street signs, offers his signature breads, such as the crusty/pillowy mini-loaf named for Jean-Louis Palladin ($1.95), terrific brioche ($5.50), and skinny Montreal-style bagels ($1.55).

The rest of the menu pays homage to an atlas’s worth of street snacks—from a Chicago hot dog ($8.50) with a locally made frank to Vietnamese pork banh mi ($8.75). We love the squares of Roman pizza ($5.75) rich with chèvre, Benton’s bacon, and caramelized onions; the Niçoise pancake socca ($5.75), smothered in chickpeas and harissa; and all-American desserts such as lime-infused cornmeal cookies and dark brownies.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch.

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*NOTE: Mark Furstenberg is no longer with G Street Food. 

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Ann Limpert
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Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.