A busy intersection in Northeast has a new carryout spot for brewed-to-order boba teas and Texas-style barbecue.
Aunteaboba x Supreme Barbecue officially opened Monday, April 5, at the corner of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue. Takeout is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day at 2 Florida Avenue NE, and Uber Eats delivery is coming soon.
The two-pice business sells slow-cooked barbecue like 16-hour brisket, pork ribs, and jerk chicken made with a large smoker now planted inside. Customers can also find jerk ribs that require a one-day notice and huge turkey legs fit for a Renaissance fair. Family feasts ($38-$67) suited for springtime backyard barbecues or tailgating include a mix of meats with sides by the quart. The menu also includes deep-fried catfish, whiting, and tilapia, plus a dozen sides like collard greens, cole slaw, mac and cheese, candied yams, and pork rinds made in-house.
The two-part business occupies the long-vacant building that used to house New York Pizza. A modern replacement painted all white is outfitted with a touchscreen device for walk-up ordering and includes a square-shaped waiting area dotted with social distancing markers.
Jeremy Canlas and Juan Canlas, his father, were already smoking meat at Leon’s BBQ in Lanham, Maryland. That location will get its own rebrand as Aunteaboba x Supreme Barbecue by the time football seasons starts in the fall at nearby FedEx Field.
Jeremy Canlas says the lunch deal in D.C. is one of the “best in town.” From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., combos built around a half jerk chicken, smoked wings, ribs, or pulled meat include a small side and a bottled drink. Depending on the meat, prices range from $8.50 to $14.
Meats can be complemented with a trio of sauces, including a “sweet and mild” variety. The opening signals instant competition for Florida Avenue NE’s long-running barbecue outfit DCity Smokehouse. Aunteaboba x Supreme Barbecue aims to add a Virginia location in Annandale by the end of the year.
The other half of the Filipino-American family’s operation features teas in taro and honeydew flavors and “halo-halo” smoothies. The menu is largely a replica of Auntea Boba, the family’s 2-year-old brand that started inside Gigi’s Kitchen in Fort Washington, Maryland. There’s cereal milk, strawberry matcha, coconut milk teas, Vietnamese iced coffees, and more.
Auntea Boba’s short list of snacks also makes its way to D.C., including popcorn chicken (mild, spicy and extra spicy) and lumpia shanghai, or slim, crunchy Filipino eggrolls.