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So Many Ways to Eat Meat on a Stick

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Meats on sticks. There can never be enough. Ubiquitous at state and county fairs, though, the carnivore-friendly lollipops become more scarce when it comes to dining indoors or outside the vicinity of a ferris wheel. But while it may be tough to find a deep fried pepperoni-and-mozzarella stick at a restaurant in the District, there's a plethora of other varieties of skewered meat available for eating all around town.

Here, Eater takes a look at 10 different ways to get a meat-on-a-stick fix in the area.
—Jody Fellows


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. DC-3

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423 8th St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 546-1935
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The corn dog:
The corn dog is a classic. A fairground staple, the hot dog slingers at DC-3 offer up their version of the quintessential food on a stick, freshly made in house, at their joint on Capitol Hill in all its battered glory.

2. Copperwood Tavern

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Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA
The Fancier Corn Dog
Because sometimes, a hot dog just won’t do. Putting a hoity-toity spin on the tried-and-true meat on a stick, Arlington’s Copperwood Tavern ditches the wiener and dips battered duck confit into the fryer and serves it up with smoked ketchup and beer mustard.

3. Charlie Palmer Steak

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101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 547-8100
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The Fanciest Corn Dog
Taking the crown as swankiest corn dog in D.C., Charlie Palmer Steak pulls out all the stops with their fancy lounge favorite. Charlie Palmer’s lobster corn dogs feature the delicate under-the-sea meat surrounded by corn batter with a smoked cocktail sauce for dipping.

4. Fogo de Chao

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1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-4668
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Churrascaria
Fogo de Chao brings the meat on a stick tableside at this churrascaria on Pennsylvania Avenue. With a lineup of more than 10 types of meat, the most popular choice at the Brazilian steakhouse’s D.C. location is the top sirloin, or picanha, cut. Fogo offers up the staked steak in both a traditional and garlic-seasoned version.

5. G Street Food

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1120 19th Street, NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
Satay
The street-food-themed G Street Food does a Thai version of satay at all three of their D.C. locations. The dish dresses up skewered marinated chicken breast and vegetables with a peanut sauce and serves it on a bed of rice and mixed greens.

6. Founding Farmers

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006
(202) 822-8783
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Bacon on a Stick
In an effort to keep hands grease-free, Founding Farmers takes everyone’s favorite part of the pig and puts it on a stick. If doctors gave out Bacon Lollis –thick-cut bacon glazed with cinnamon-brown sugar– at the office, their waiting rooms would be standing room only.

7. Kabob Palace

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2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 486-3535
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Kabobs
Chunks of meat start off on a skewer but are nestled next to rice or wrapped in naan by the time they reach the plate at Kabob Palace in Arlington. The crowd favorites are the lamb and chicken dishes at this Crystal City joint which is open 24 hours a day.

8. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

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465 K St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 682-3123
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Kushi
Kushi are the bamboo or metal skewers used in Japanese cooking to hold meat while grilling. The appropriately named D.C. izakaya, Kushi, specializes in the meat-on-stick cuisine with duck breast and scallion, pork belly and beef short rib as their most popular sellers.

9. Sate Indonesian Food

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Moving Target
Washington DC, D.C. 20006
Meat on a Stick on Wheels
A self-proclaimed “satépreneur,” Sonny Setiantoko first began serving Indonesian fare at his Alexandria restaurant but has since expanded his reach and is now cruising around the streets of D.C. in the Saté Truck. The top-billed item at his rolling purveyor of meat on a stick is chicken saté, grilled marinated skewers of chicken covered in a sticky peanut sauce.

10. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3086
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Meat on a Stick Cocktail
Perhaps D.C.’s only meat-on-a-stick creation that requires a designated driver, the ramen noodle shop’s signature cocktail, the Toki Monster, garnishes Bulliet bourbon, Barenjager honey liqueur and Peat Monster scotch with a grilled pork belly skewer.

1. DC-3

423 8th St SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
The corn dog:
The corn dog is a classic. A fairground staple, the hot dog slingers at DC-3 offer up their version of the quintessential food on a stick, freshly made in house, at their joint on Capitol Hill in all its battered glory.
423 8th St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

2. Copperwood Tavern

Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA
The Fancier Corn Dog
Because sometimes, a hot dog just won’t do. Putting a hoity-toity spin on the tried-and-true meat on a stick, Arlington’s Copperwood Tavern ditches the wiener and dips battered duck confit into the fryer and serves it up with smoked ketchup and beer mustard.
Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA

3. Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
The Fanciest Corn Dog
Taking the crown as swankiest corn dog in D.C., Charlie Palmer Steak pulls out all the stops with their fancy lounge favorite. Charlie Palmer’s lobster corn dogs feature the delicate under-the-sea meat surrounded by corn batter with a smoked cocktail sauce for dipping.
101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

4. Fogo de Chao

1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004
Churrascaria
Fogo de Chao brings the meat on a stick tableside at this churrascaria on Pennsylvania Avenue. With a lineup of more than 10 types of meat, the most popular choice at the Brazilian steakhouse’s D.C. location is the top sirloin, or picanha, cut. Fogo offers up the staked steak in both a traditional and garlic-seasoned version.
1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

5. G Street Food

1120 19th Street, NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20036
Satay
The street-food-themed G Street Food does a Thai version of satay at all three of their D.C. locations. The dish dresses up skewered marinated chicken breast and vegetables with a peanut sauce and serves it on a bed of rice and mixed greens.
1120 19th Street, NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

6. Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20006
Bacon on a Stick
In an effort to keep hands grease-free, Founding Farmers takes everyone’s favorite part of the pig and puts it on a stick. If doctors gave out Bacon Lollis –thick-cut bacon glazed with cinnamon-brown sugar– at the office, their waiting rooms would be standing room only.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006

7. Kabob Palace

2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202
Kabobs
Chunks of meat start off on a skewer but are nestled next to rice or wrapped in naan by the time they reach the plate at Kabob Palace in Arlington. The crowd favorites are the lamb and chicken dishes at this Crystal City joint which is open 24 hours a day.
2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202

8. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

465 K St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Kushi
Kushi are the bamboo or metal skewers used in Japanese cooking to hold meat while grilling. The appropriately named D.C. izakaya, Kushi, specializes in the meat-on-stick cuisine with duck breast and scallion, pork belly and beef short rib as their most popular sellers.
465 K St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

9. Sate Indonesian Food

Moving Target, Washington DC, D.C. 20006
Meat on a Stick on Wheels
A self-proclaimed “satépreneur,” Sonny Setiantoko first began serving Indonesian fare at his Alexandria restaurant but has since expanded his reach and is now cruising around the streets of D.C. in the Saté Truck. The top-billed item at his rolling purveyor of meat on a stick is chicken saté, grilled marinated skewers of chicken covered in a sticky peanut sauce.
Moving Target
Washington DC, D.C. 20006

10. Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington DC, D.C. 20002
Meat on a Stick Cocktail
Perhaps D.C.’s only meat-on-a-stick creation that requires a designated driver, the ramen noodle shop’s signature cocktail, the Toki Monster, garnishes Bulliet bourbon, Barenjager honey liqueur and Peat Monster scotch with a grilled pork belly skewer.
1234 H St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002

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