Category Archives: Food

Senate Gruel — Breakfast of Champions

Today as I start a new job officially off of Capitol Hill, I made my favorite old breakfast that I would eat early in the morning in the Dirksen Cafeteria back in 2007 — Senate Gruel.

Now there’s no real such thing as Senate Gruel, but that’s the name I gave for this horrible looking but delicious concoction.

Here’s how you make it:

  • Make 1/4 cup of Quaker Instant Grits
  • Cook 1/2 can of Corned Beef Hash
  • Place a slice of American Cheese in a 2-cup bowl with 1 tbsp of butter
  • Pour the grits and corned beef hash in the bowl
  • Add Hot Sauce of choice, salt, and pepper to taste.

In the bowl, it may look really gross, but I can assure you it’s delicious.

Thurber is back

If you’ve never visited my friends’ blog about local dining in Falls Church, you should. They’re bringing it back with some new restaurants to review. Enjoy.

Food Review: DC-3 Hotdogs

Today for lunch, my buddy Jake and I went to DC3 on Barracks Row. It was extremely nice and I highly recommend it.

I got a pretzel bun, Kosher dog, with chili and cheese. As well as a plain Sonoran (bacon-wrapped hot dog.)

With a drink, it was about $15 bucks, so it is a bit pricey, but you have to pay those prices to run a restaurant in this town. Still far better than our work cafeteria.

Pictures below:

Deceptive Advertising

Betsy spotted this at Whole Foods in Cleveland.

Because there isn’t any meat in it, I believe this is deceptive advertising! Somebody get Elizabeth Warren on this immediately. I need the government to protect me from fake Tofu Beer Brats.


I am seriously considering entering a barbecue competition next year.

(This would be my logo, probably, unless I can get Kenn Merriam to team up with me.)

If so, I think we would serve bomble burgers, bombleque chicken, ribs, and maybe even wings. Sides, of course, would be delicious bomble potatoes. I emailed them to find out things about costs and such. Might be fun.

What would you think I should cook?

Beer Battered, Deep Fried Hamburger

If you’ve lived in DC for a while, but haven’t visited Tune Inn — you’re truly missing out. Here is the Washingtonian write up.

As for me, I’ve been a loyal patron since I moved here in 2007, when Matt Dabrowski suggested we go there for lunch one day. With all of the animal heads (and rears) on the wall, it reminded me of Humphrey’s. That’s pretty much how I refer to it, “The Humphrey’s of Capitol Hill.”

Anyway, check out the Food Network Special on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives.

Here are two recent shots I took when I visited with my SLU friends. We had Baltimore’s National Bohemian (Natty Bo) — brewed by the G. Heilemann Brewing Company in Wisconsin (SLU people, they make STAG.) For a late dinner, I gave up my traditional hamburger steak and had the beer battered deep fried hamburger with cheese. The picture is before the cheese was added. It was amazing.

A. Litteri, Inc. Deli

Yesterday for lunch, Larry, Woody and I went up to Northeast to go visit a deli Larry reccommends.

Bottom line, it was awesome.

A. Litteri, Inc.

517-519 Morse Street, N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20002

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 AM – 4 PM
Thursday and Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, 8 AM – 3 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday

It might not show up in google maps, so the easiest way is by taking taking 6th Street north from H Street, NE into this warehouse market area. Parking is fairly ample during the week, but not on weekends.

When you enter, you’re likely to think you’ve entered a place owned by a pack rat, but Litteri makes every inch count. Tons of wine, an amazing selection of olive oil, pasta sauce, pizza sauce and pasta — Litteri also has freezers full of freshly made pasta and other Italian fixings.

But we came to experience their awesome deli.

First, you fill out a sheet and pick what you want on your sub.

Once you submit your slip, you can mill around and shop. I had a hard time not buying a ton of things.

The Deli

Larry’s sub — big sub.

My sub. I couldn’t eat all of it at once. Lunch for two days.

Olive oil.

Pasta and sauce.

I highly recommend you check out Litteri. Beats subway any day of the week.

New Recipe: bomble grilled cheese

So, with some bacon at my place about to go bad, I decided to concoct a new recipe for the bomble collection.

Bomble Grilled Cheese

Inspired by the trip Betsy, Ali, and girlfriend Mary and I took to Melt in Cleveland over Easter break, I bring you this new recipe. After a batshit crazy night, Betsy smelled the bacon, observed me making this sandwich and said: this looks like a heart attack. Lucky for her, I already named it this. heart attack grilled cheese


  • Four slices of bacon
  • Two slices of potato bread
  • Two slices of Colby Jack Deli Cheese
  • One slice of American Cheese
  • 1/4 ¬†teaspoon of Tabasco Garlic sauce
  • 1/6 ¬†teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/6 ¬†teaspoon of Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning.


Cook the four slices of bacon to your liking, either through the microwave or on the stove. Once ready, prepare a pan with either butter, margarine, or PAM to prepare for the cooking.

grilled cheese

Put the bread down on a plate, and place a slice of Colby Jack on each bit of bread. Place the back on the Colby Jack, and sprinkle the Old Bay, Tony Chachere’s and hot sauce on each slice. Then place the last slice of American cheese on one side and complete the sandwich. Pop it on the pan, and slather the other side with your preferred lubricant (butter, margarine, PAM).

Cook and enjoy, but not too often. This can’t be good for you.

Burger Review: Elevation Burger

Earlier this week, Mary and I went to National Harbor in Maryland to get some free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Before you make any comments, I went because it was free. I’d never actually pay for it.

Speaking of restaurants with more left leaning views on life, I saw a new burger joint at National Harbor, so Mary and I went to go try it, after stopping at the Peeps store. (Yes, one exists. Visit it before it closes!)


So, we went inside, questioning why it was called “Elevation Burger.” Was the company started in Colorado? We asked and found out that no, in fact, it started in Falls Church, Virginia.

It’s called Elevation Burger because they elevate things to a higher level with green practices. And to think, Obama went to Five Guys? Poor messaging. Pretty much, consider this a green version of 5 guys, with slightly smaller burgers, shoestring fries, and custom made shakes like you’d find at GoodStuffEatery on the Hill.

Because it is green, typically, that means prices are higher. Not so at this location. Our burgers plus fries was about $14. (We did not get drinks.)

Our burgers
Our Burgers

Shoestring fries
Our Fries

I’d say on the whole, I’d recommend Elevation Burger. However, the burgers weren’t as good as Five Guys, the fries were better than 5G, but not as good as BGR’s.

Bomble Rating: B

See the rest of the photos here.

Bacon is good for you!

Especially if it’s covered in chocolate at the North Carolina State Fair.

H/T to Margaret Brooks for the links.