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Navy Yard Gets a New Option for Detroit-Style Pizza

Plus, chef Amy Brandwein is taking pre-orders for Election Day dinners

Detroit-style pies just landed in Navy Yard.
Detroit-style pies just landed in Navy Yard.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

A new Detroit-style pizza shop dubbed Side Door Pizza just popped up in Navy Yard. Scarlet Oak co-owner Brian Schram sends hefty, square pizzas out of the side door of his American grill, hence the name. Schram plans to only send 40 pies each night. His Detroit-style pies are baked with a traditional Wisconsin brick cheese and topped with a racing stripe of sauce after baking. Cheese and pepperoni pizzas are the only options to start, with future specials coming down the pike. His inspiration to bring Detroit-style pies to Navy Yard stemmed from an impressive visit to underground LA hotspot Dough Daddy while quarantining out West this spring.

Side Door Pizza is open Wednesday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 909 New Jersey Avenue SE. Orders can be made online for pickup or delivery via UberEats. Each eight-slice pie feeds two to three ($24-$26).

Michigan native Naomi Gallego first introduced D.C. to the cult Midwest favorite last year at Red Light on 14th Street NW. The Navy Yard neighborhood is already stacked with lots of pizza talent, including New York-style slices from Wiseguy and Andy’s Pizza; All-Purpose; and Oath Pizza.

In other news...

  • Speaking of pizza, Maryland favorite Ledo Pizza just opened a new location in Oxon Hill (6017 Oxon Hill Road). Its iconic rectangular-shaped pies are available for indoor dining and carryout.
  • Chef Amy Brandwein (Piccolina, Centrolina) is now taking preorders for an “Election Night Kit for Two” ($150), with all proceeds going towards staff paid leave on Election Day. The five-course meal, which includes reheat-and-eat spinach and fontina lasagne and wood roasted branzino, can be ordered for pickup or delivery through Halloween.
  • Petworth is getting a new all-day breakfast spot. Popville flagged signage for Hen and Fin (4532 Georgia Avenue NW), which will be the second location for the Black-owned Waldorf, Maryland, business. The surf-and-turf menu includes chicken, fish, and shrimp combos, plus crab cake platters and sides.
  • D.C.’s mobile soul food outfit Soul Wingz has carved out a corner of R and Florida Streets NW for an incoming food truck lot:
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