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Pimiento, Please: Where to Eat Pimiento Cheese in Washington

Pimiento cheese is no longer just a zesty, creamy spread. Here’s how chefs are playing with the Southern snack—and where you can still find it the old-fashioned way.


Rumor has it Elvis topped his White Castle burgers with pimiento cheese. These sliders—the only dish here since day one—follow suit.

8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; 301-565-9700.

Hill Country

If you prefer your cheese spreadable, try this version with sharp cheddar and sweet Dromedary-brand pimientos. It’s served with a stack of saltines.

410 Seventh St., NW; 202-556-2050.

Virtue Feed & Grain

This gastropub punches up deviled eggs with cheese, mayo, and pimientos, then adds house-made hot sauce.

106 S. Union St., Alexandria; 571-970-3669.

Bayou Bakery

New Orleans transplant David Guas sandwiches creamy cheese between buttered Texas toast, ensuring a cold center—“like a well-cooked steak.”

1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington; 703-243-2410.

Evening Star Cafe

Georgia-native chef Jim Jeffords’s sweet-and-sour fritters substitute Peppadew peppers for pimientos.

2000 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-549-5051.

Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

This article appears in the September 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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