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A classic half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl.
A half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl, one of D.C.’s classic restaurants that ships direct to your door.
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13 D.C. Food and Drink Specialities That Can Be Shipped Nationwide

Half-smokes, pastrami, ice cream, and oysters are all available with an assist from e-commerce platforms

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A half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl, one of D.C.’s classic restaurants that ships direct to your door.
| Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

No matter where people are based in the United States, it’s possible for them to try a D.C. half-smoke from U Street’s legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl, or a smoked brisket sandwich from Wagshal’s Deli, or even a pint of Ice Cream Jubilee’s “Cuppa Joe,” a coffee-flavored ice cream paying homage to our 46th president, Joe Biden. While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented plenty of challenges for D.C. restaurants and bars, it’s also opened up new avenue for business; e-commerce platforms like Goldbelly have helped them expand service to a nationwide customer base.

Whether people are looking to send a care package this Valentine’s Day, or maybe get a taste of home while telecommuting from far away, these shops quickly deliver. They’ll pick, pack, and ship a box of treats in as little as 24 hours in some cases.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Wagshal's Market

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This upper Northwest butcher shop and deli maintains a national presence thanks to its partnership with Goldbelly. A two-pack of prime-smoked brisket sandwiches costs $69 and comes with six slices of Rye bread for a build-your-own double deckers. The sandwiches arrive unassembled on ice packs.

Photo: Wagshal’s

Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

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This vegan-friendly Columbia Heights bakery sells cookie-brownie combo pack for $55, along with cookie sandwiches and DIY-cake, cupcake, and brownie mixes to bake at home.

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Ben's Chili Bowl

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A Ben’s half-smoke is one of the District’s signature food items. Both sausages and chili arrive packed and frozen for national mailing orders — the starter pack of eight half-smokes and chili sauce is $39. And don’t forget dessert. Owner Virginia Ali’s banana pudding is on sale for $35.

Ben’s Chili Bowl DC half-smoke

Service Bar DC

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This unpretentious U Street cocktail bar recently rolled out its e-commerce site selling pre-batched cocktails ready to pour over ice. Drinks are available coast-to-coast, excluding 10 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wisconsin. The staff favorite cocktail box is $62 and includes carbonated and refreshing drinks: Baked Apple & Pear Gin & Tonic, Rosé All Day, and Italian Bubble Coat. There are six bottles and 12 servings total.

Photo: Service Bar

Ice Cream Jubilee

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Ice Cream Jubilee works with Goldbelly to ship pints of ice cream overnight on dry ice. For the Inauguration of President Joe Biden — a devoted ice cream lover — there is a four-pack option ($95) that includes vanilla chocolate chip, rosé sorbet, Cuppa Joe (coffee ice cream made to honor President Biden), cardamom Amaretto, and two walnut chocolate chip cookie dough balls ready to heat up in the oven.

La Bodega

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La Bodega, the weekend bakery run out of Compass Rose by James Beard-nominated pastry chef Paola Velez, offers packing and shipping for merch and a few baked items. Tins of soft 6-inch rum cakes (chocolate or golden vanilla pound cake; $45) come soaked in the sweet spirit and scented with whole spices like cinnamon sticks and cloves. Thick ’em cookies come in flavors like chocolate chip, cranberry raspberry white chocolate, or noir. — Gabe Hiatt

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Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar

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The woman-owned distillery in Ivy City has a robust online shopping site that delivers Civic Vodka, Purpose Rye, and Borough Bourbon nationwide. A limited-batch of “Madam” Whiskey, honoring Vice President Kamala Harris, which already sold out on the Made in DC online shop. Shipping is not available for Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

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The most fun and interactive shipment you can send to a friend or loved one is this D.C. cider company’s sampler pack, with a virtual tasting included. Anxo sends a pack of sugar-free, dry ciders. Co-founder Sam Fitz hosts guided tastings that walk through the process of cider-making, the apples used, and fermentation techniques. Each reservation includes a URL to a Zoom tasting and a mixed 12-pack of 12 ounce cans, for $46.97. See the list of states that accept Anxo shipments here.

Compass Coffee

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Work-from-home setups result in a lot more at-home coffee brewing. D.C. roastery Compass Coffee’s online retail shop sells beans by the jar- or bag-full. The shop recently rolled out K-Cups and capsules, too. Compass ships to all U.S. states and territories, and standard shipping is free on orders above $25.

Compass Coffee DC crew

RĀKO Coffee

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You can find brews this Northern Virginia roasting company in D.C. at its pop-up inside Oyster Oyster, in Shaw, or served by the drip at ChiKo’s I Egg You. Its website lets customers shop for beans or buy a subscription as part of a “roaster’s choice” membership. Coffee beans are roasted to order and ship within 48 hours of the roast date.

Photo: RĀKO Coffee

Dog Tag Bakery

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Dog Tag Bakery is a business school as much as a business, connecting veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to jobs, including at its retail shop in Georgetown. Ordering gift boxes online is an easy way to support the bakery through the pandemic. The site has gift box sets, bake-at-home kits, and baked good subscription options filled with brownies, cookies, macaroons and more.

Photo: Dog Tag Bakery

Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee

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Rich, smooth gelato from Dolcezza’s Union Market factory goes quickly on Goldbelly. The site sells four pints of gelato ($79) for next-day shipping on dry ice.

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar (Wharf)

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You can get shucking at home with Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s sweet, mild or briny Chesapeake oysters available by the 25 count at the online shop. In addition to oysters, Rappahannock also ships clams and sauces and condiments, like a smoked chipotle BBQ butter. Shelled oysters and pints or quarts of shucked oysters are packed in mesh bags in temperature-controlled boxes that hold at 45 degrees for up to 48 hours.

Wagshal's Market

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This upper Northwest butcher shop and deli maintains a national presence thanks to its partnership with Goldbelly. A two-pack of prime-smoked brisket sandwiches costs $69 and comes with six slices of Rye bread for a build-your-own double deckers. The sandwiches arrive unassembled on ice packs.

Photo: Wagshal’s

Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

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This vegan-friendly Columbia Heights bakery sells cookie-brownie combo pack for $55, along with cookie sandwiches and DIY-cake, cupcake, and brownie mixes to bake at home.

Photo: Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben’s Chili Bowl DC half-smoke

A Ben’s half-smoke is one of the District’s signature food items. Both sausages and chili arrive packed and frozen for national mailing orders — the starter pack of eight half-smokes and chili sauce is $39. And don’t forget dessert. Owner Virginia Ali’s banana pudding is on sale for $35.

Ben’s Chili Bowl DC half-smoke

Service Bar DC

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This unpretentious U Street cocktail bar recently rolled out its e-commerce site selling pre-batched cocktails ready to pour over ice. Drinks are available coast-to-coast, excluding 10 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wisconsin. The staff favorite cocktail box is $62 and includes carbonated and refreshing drinks: Baked Apple & Pear Gin & Tonic, Rosé All Day, and Italian Bubble Coat. There are six bottles and 12 servings total.

Photo: Service Bar

Ice Cream Jubilee

Ice Cream Jubilee works with Goldbelly to ship pints of ice cream overnight on dry ice. For the Inauguration of President Joe Biden — a devoted ice cream lover — there is a four-pack option ($95) that includes vanilla chocolate chip, rosé sorbet, Cuppa Joe (coffee ice cream made to honor President Biden), cardamom Amaretto, and two walnut chocolate chip cookie dough balls ready to heat up in the oven.

La Bodega

La Bodega [official]

La Bodega, the weekend bakery run out of Compass Rose by James Beard-nominated pastry chef Paola Velez, offers packing and shipping for merch and a few baked items. Tins of soft 6-inch rum cakes (chocolate or golden vanilla pound cake; $45) come soaked in the sweet spirit and scented with whole spices like cinnamon sticks and cloves. Thick ’em cookies come in flavors like chocolate chip, cranberry raspberry white chocolate, or noir. — Gabe Hiatt

La Bodega [official]

Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar

The woman-owned distillery in Ivy City has a robust online shopping site that delivers Civic Vodka, Purpose Rye, and Borough Bourbon nationwide. A limited-batch of “Madam” Whiskey, honoring Vice President Kamala Harris, which already sold out on the Made in DC online shop. Shipping is not available for Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

The most fun and interactive shipment you can send to a friend or loved one is this D.C. cider company’s sampler pack, with a virtual tasting included. Anxo sends a pack of sugar-free, dry ciders. Co-founder Sam Fitz hosts guided tastings that walk through the process of cider-making, the apples used, and fermentation techniques. Each reservation includes a URL to a Zoom tasting and a mixed 12-pack of 12 ounce cans, for $46.97. See the list of states that accept Anxo shipments here.

Compass Coffee

Compass Coffee DC crew

Work-from-home setups result in a lot more at-home coffee brewing. D.C. roastery Compass Coffee’s online retail shop sells beans by the jar- or bag-full. The shop recently rolled out K-Cups and capsules, too. Compass ships to all U.S. states and territories, and standard shipping is free on orders above $25.

Compass Coffee DC crew

RĀKO Coffee

Photo: RĀKO Coffee

You can find brews this Northern Virginia roasting company in D.C. at its pop-up inside Oyster Oyster, in Shaw, or served by the drip at ChiKo’s I Egg You. Its website lets customers shop for beans or buy a subscription as part of a “roaster’s choice” membership. Coffee beans are roasted to order and ship within 48 hours of the roast date.

Photo: RĀKO Coffee

Dog Tag Bakery

Photo: Dog Tag Bakery

Dog Tag Bakery is a business school as much as a business, connecting veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to jobs, including at its retail shop in Georgetown. Ordering gift boxes online is an easy way to support the bakery through the pandemic. The site has gift box sets, bake-at-home kits, and baked good subscription options filled with brownies, cookies, macaroons and more.

Photo: Dog Tag Bakery

Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee

Dolcezza
Photo: Dolcezza
Photo: R. Lopez

Rich, smooth gelato from Dolcezza’s Union Market factory goes quickly on Goldbelly. The site sells four pints of gelato ($79) for next-day shipping on dry ice.

Dolcezza
Photo: Dolcezza
Photo: R. Lopez

Rappahannock Oyster Bar (Wharf)

You can get shucking at home with Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s sweet, mild or briny Chesapeake oysters available by the 25 count at the online shop. In addition to oysters, Rappahannock also ships clams and sauces and condiments, like a smoked chipotle BBQ butter. Shelled oysters and pints or quarts of shucked oysters are packed in mesh bags in temperature-controlled boxes that hold at 45 degrees for up to 48 hours.

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