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2Fifty Texas BBQ Brings Its Essential Brisket to D.C.’s Union Market

Plus, Farmbird opens a new location in Ballston

The new 2Fifty’s stand inside Union Market sells a tight menu that includes sandwiches and a three-meat platter
The new 2Fifty’s stand inside Union Market sells a tight menu that includes sandwiches and a three-meat platter
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The owners of Maryland-based 2Fifty Texas BBQ opened a new stand inside Union Market yesterday, making some of the best brisket in the Mid-Atlantic available in D.C. The Riverdale Park business from owners Debby Portillo and Fernando González has a place on Eater’s essential 38 restaurants and holds the No. 1 spot on the Washington Post’s local barbecue rankings. The small stall in the Northeast D.C. food hall, dubbed 2Fifty’s, sells a condensed menu that includes prime brisket or pulled pork sandwiches served on kaiser rolls. A “Texas trinity” platter comes with half a pound of brisket, three pork ribs, a sausage link, and two sides, easily feeding two for less than $40. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. (or sellout) Wednesday through Sunday. — Gabe Hiatt

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