Three Delivery-Only Restaurants Worth Staying In For

You, your couch, a Detroit pizza.

Prescription Chicken’s Taryn Pellicone and Valerie Zweig. Photograph by Scott Suchman
Eat Great Cheap 2019

About Eat Great Cheap 2019

This article is a part of Washingtonian’s Eat Great Cheap feature, our annual list of where to eat (and not break the bank) right now. Our food editors put together the best new restaurants around DC where you can find Detroit-style pizza, Japanese egg-salad sandwiches, chicken-nugget-filled tacos, and more—for $25 or less per person.

Butters’ Burgers

Delivery burgers are a tricky thing—they often arrive sad and dry. To combat the issue, Joe Neuman—also behind Sloppy Mama’s barbecue—uses prime-beef brisket in his smashed patties, which arrive nicely juicy on buttery buns. You can get them with beef chili, bacon jam, and other gut-busting toppings, but we’ll take the classic, piled with grilled onions and special sauce.

How to get it: No website or phone; available on Uber Eats, Postmates, and Caviar in DC.

Update: Butters’ Burgers has closed.

Della Barba Pizza

Many pizzaioli pick a single style—pretty Neapolitan, chubby Chicago—and spend their lives perfecting it. Then there’s Joey Barber, the guy behind this Ivy City pizza outfit. His ultra-cheesy, rectangular Detroit pie, with two stripes of red sauce, is a thing of beauty. Most impressive is that his New York– and grandma-style pies are just as delicious.

How to get it:; 202-845-3033. DC only.

Prescription Chicken

You might have heard of the very good chicken-and-matzoh-ball soup from cousins/allergy-season saviors Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone. But there’s way more to the operation: tasty riffs on pho and ramen, Old Bay–spiked chicken-salad sandwiches, and just-salty-enough chocolate-chip cookies. That said, when stomach bugs hit, the restorative bone broth will put you on the path back to life.

How to get it: Available on multiple delivery platforms in DC and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

This article appears in the August 2019 issue of Washingtonian.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

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 Petworth.