While NYC import The Meatball Shop has not yet announced the exact opening date for its first D.C. location on 14th Street NW, the team sent Eater its inaugural food and drink menus to whet meatball lovers’ appetites.
The brand started in 2010 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and has since spread to five more locations across the city and Brooklyn. Now it’s planting its first location outside of the Big Apple at 1720 14th Street NW. The build-your-own meatball menu is broken down by a variety of fillings including classic, pork, vegetarian, and Maine lobster. Diners also pick a sauce and a preparation — “naked” with a side of focaccia bread or in a bowl with sides such as corn, polenta, and spaghetti. There are also starters like mini Buffalo balls, salads, meatball sandwiches, and “baller” platters for big eaters.
Here’s a look at the opening dinner menu, which will be served 6 p.m. until late:
Names of add-ons, including “Swift Kick” (super spicy hot sauce) or “Family Jewel” (farm fresh fried egg), are part of the shop’s playful innuendo. Its bar program, which sells $4 Jell-O Shots, also gets in on the act, prominently displaying Scrabble letters that spell out phrases such as (oof) “#showusyourballs” on a mirror.
There’s also over a dozen whiskeys and a super strong sangria dubbed “Devil’s Juice” served by the glass, carafe, or pitcher.
Stay tuned for a first look inside the 70-seat restaurant, which is sliding into the space occupied by recently relocated Cork.