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Here are D.C.'s 25 Iconic Meat Dishes

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What meat-based dishes are really symbolic of D.C.? Whether it be dishes that reflects the city's international population, mascot-style dishes like the Ben's half-smoke, or immensely popular items like the Ray's Hell Burger, there was no lack of meaty favorites to choose from for this feature. For the sake of narrowing the field, this dish forsakes chicken and seafood in favor of truly meaty items like beef, lamb and pork. Have another suggestion for an iconic D.C. meat dish? Share it in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ray’s³ [Ray's To The Third]

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1650 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 841-7297
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The Dish: The original Hell Burger
The first Hell Burger location, as well as its offshoot spin-off, have both closed. But the burger itself lives on at Ray's to the Third in Arlington.

2. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-0909
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The dish: Half-smoke with chili
The half-smoke is D.C.'s mascot dish, and no one makes a more iconic one than Ben's.

3. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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The dish: Wild Boar ‘Cinghiale’
Dino's beloved wild boar pasta has made its way onto the Dino's Grotto menu.

4. Duplex Diner

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2004 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-7828
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The dish: Meatloaf
Perhaps D.C.'s most famous meatloaf, the dish draws regulars to the Adams Morgan diner.

5. Little Serow

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1511 17th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
(202) 505-1511
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The dish Si Krong Moo (pork ribs)
These Asian pork ribs have been on the menu at Little Serow since the beginning.

6. Meaza Restaurant & Market

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5700 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 820-2870
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The dish: Regular kitfo
This dish is a signature on most Ethiopian menus, and Meaza is a destination spot for raw meat items.

7. Fast Gourmet

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1400 W St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 448-9217
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The dish: The Chivito
Late night diners seek out this multi-meat sandwich in a converted gas station.

8. Mangialardo & Sons

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1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-6212
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The dish: The G-Man
This classic Italian sandwich, piled high with meat, is the signature dish at this longtime D.C. institution.

9. Ravi Kabob House

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305 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 522-6666
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The dish: Lamb kabob
Ravi Kabob is one of the most popular destinations in the area for kabobs (so much that they've expanded to multiple locations) and the lamb kabob consistently delivers.

10. Hill Country Barbecue Market

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410 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004
(202) 556-2050
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The dish: Moist brisket
Texas-style brisket can be hard to find in D.C. but Hill Country is a consistent source for the juicy meat.

11. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-7949
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The dish: Jamón ibérico de bellota Fermín
Jose Andres was instrumental in bringing this prized Spanish ham to D.C.

12. Pho 75

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 525-7355

The dish: Pho #1
D.C. residents can argue over who serves the best Pho in the area, but the conversation isn't complete without at least considering Pho 75.

13. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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The dish: Steak frites
DC has a surprising number of restaurants serving up the dish, but Le Diplomate's version has been a hit since the restaurant's opening.

14. DGS Delicatessen

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1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-4400
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The dish: Reuben
This sandwich spot (which also makes a mean pastrami) delivers on this corned beef combination.

15. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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The dish: Prime dry-aged steak burger
One of D.C.'s most expensive burgers is also one of its best.

16. Komi

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1509 17th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
(202) 332-9200
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The dish: Roasted goat shoulder
The goat is frequently the grand finale for the tasting menu at Komi.

17. Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean Grill

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7220C Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 256-5229
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The dish: Pork belly (Korean bbq)
Diners customize their own tableside barbecue at Honey Pig, but it's pretty likely that pork belly will end up making an appearance.

18. Red Apron Butchery

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709 D St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

The dish: Porkstrami
Red Apron has several popular sandwiches, and the porkstrami has a particular cult following.

19. The Passenger

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1021 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 393-0220
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The dish: Pork cheek nachos
The Passenger's food menu is pretty limited, but these nachos are among the standouts.

20. Stachowski Meats & Deli

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1425 28th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 506-3125
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The dish: Pastrami
It's almost hard to pick a signature dish from Stachowski's, which also excels at sausages and other sandwiches, but the pastrami is a definite favorite.

21. Prime Rib

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2020 K St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006
(202) 466-8811
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The dish: Prime Rib
This old school DC classic restaurant is the place to get the eponymous dish.

22. La Caraqueña

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300 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 533-0076
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The dish: JP's favorite
La Caraquena is known for its arepas, and this one is stuffed with steak, peppers and onions.

23. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3086
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The dish:Toki classic ramen
Customers will wait in hours to get a seat at this tiny restaurant, known for its ramen.

24. Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

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713 H St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 289-4441
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The dish: Miniburgers
Ordered by the number (3, 6 or 9), these miniburgers are DC's most famous, topped with a huge portion of onion straws.

25. Ray's The Steaks

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2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 841-7297
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The dish: Hanger steak
Ray's is one of D.C.'s most affordable destinations for steak (and the meat's still stellar).

1. Ray’s³ [Ray's To The Third]

1650 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

The Dish: The original Hell Burger
The first Hell Burger location, as well as its offshoot spin-off, have both closed. But the burger itself lives on at Ray's to the Third in Arlington.

1650 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

2. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

The dish: Half-smoke with chili
The half-smoke is D.C.'s mascot dish, and no one makes a more iconic one than Ben's.

1213 U St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

3. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001

The dish: Wild Boar ‘Cinghiale’
Dino's beloved wild boar pasta has made its way onto the Dino's Grotto menu.

1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

4. Duplex Diner

2004 18th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

The dish: Meatloaf
Perhaps D.C.'s most famous meatloaf, the dish draws regulars to the Adams Morgan diner.

2004 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

5. Little Serow

1511 17th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20036

The dish Si Krong Moo (pork ribs)
These Asian pork ribs have been on the menu at Little Serow since the beginning.

1511 17th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

6. Meaza Restaurant & Market

5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

The dish: Regular kitfo
This dish is a signature on most Ethiopian menus, and Meaza is a destination spot for raw meat items.

5700 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

7. Fast Gourmet

1400 W St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

The dish: The Chivito
Late night diners seek out this multi-meat sandwich in a converted gas station.

1400 W St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

8. Mangialardo & Sons

1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003

The dish: The G-Man
This classic Italian sandwich, piled high with meat, is the signature dish at this longtime D.C. institution.

1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

9. Ravi Kabob House

305 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

The dish: Lamb kabob
Ravi Kabob is one of the most popular destinations in the area for kabobs (so much that they've expanded to multiple locations) and the lamb kabob consistently delivers.

305 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

10. Hill Country Barbecue Market

410 7th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004

The dish: Moist brisket
Texas-style brisket can be hard to find in D.C. but Hill Country is a consistent source for the juicy meat.

410 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

11. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004

The dish: Jamón ibérico de bellota Fermín
Jose Andres was instrumental in bringing this prized Spanish ham to D.C.

480 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

12. Pho 75

1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

The dish: Pho #1
D.C. residents can argue over who serves the best Pho in the area, but the conversation isn't complete without at least considering Pho 75.

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

13. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

The dish: Steak frites
DC has a surprising number of restaurants serving up the dish, but Le Diplomate's version has been a hit since the restaurant's opening.

1601 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

14. DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20036

The dish: Reuben
This sandwich spot (which also makes a mean pastrami) delivers on this corned beef combination.

1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

15. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC, D.C. 20007

The dish: Prime dry-aged steak burger
One of D.C.'s most expensive burgers is also one of its best.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

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16. Komi

1509 17th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20036

The dish: Roasted goat shoulder
The goat is frequently the grand finale for the tasting menu at Komi.

1509 17th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

17. Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean Grill

7220C Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

The dish: Pork belly (Korean bbq)
Diners customize their own tableside barbecue at Honey Pig, but it's pretty likely that pork belly will end up making an appearance.

7220C Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

18. Red Apron Butchery

709 D St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004

The dish: Porkstrami
Red Apron has several popular sandwiches, and the porkstrami has a particular cult following.

709 D St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

19. The Passenger

1021 7th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001

The dish: Pork cheek nachos
The Passenger's food menu is pretty limited, but these nachos are among the standouts.

1021 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

20. Stachowski Meats & Deli

1425 28th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007

The dish: Pastrami
It's almost hard to pick a signature dish from Stachowski's, which also excels at sausages and other sandwiches, but the pastrami is a definite favorite.

1425 28th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

21. Prime Rib

2020 K St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20006

The dish: Prime Rib
This old school DC classic restaurant is the place to get the eponymous dish.

2020 K St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006

22. La Caraqueña

300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

The dish: JP's favorite
La Caraquena is known for its arepas, and this one is stuffed with steak, peppers and onions.

300 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

23. Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington DC, D.C. 20002

The dish:Toki classic ramen
Customers will wait in hours to get a seat at this tiny restaurant, known for its ramen.

1234 H St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002

24. Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

713 H St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001