We've certainly enjoyed our fair share of the Negra Modelo and taco combination. But don't forget that Negra Modelo is one incredibly versatile beer. Thanks to its amber quality and deep caramel malt flavor, it is the perfect complement to all kinds of cuisines. See where you can sip on a bottle of this delicious lager and enjoy delicious dishes-for any mood.Read More
SPONSORED: The Unexpected Cuisines that Pair Perfectly with Negra Modelo
Grill from Ipanema
Typical Brazilian fare is laden with grilled meat dishes and the menu at Grill from Ipanema boasts just that: a pleasing collection of Carioca classics whose charred flavors pair perfectly with Negra Modelo's toasty notes. For a sampling of all they have to offer, try the churrasco misto, which includes beef, chicken, sausage and pork, served with typical Brazilian accompaniments like black beans and farofa.
Negra Modelo never tires of being paired with the perfect taco, and U-Street’s El Rey offers no exception. Wylie Ballinger’s fillings — mostly classics like charred skirt steak and grilled fish — are served atop soft, handmade tortillas and are best enjoyed with an ice-cold draught in the taqueria’s outdoor beer garden.
Maddy's Tap Room
The "Texican" menu at Maddy's Tap Room has a slew of items that complement Negra Modelo: the caramel notes of the lager tame the spice of the Tap Room wings, while the tang and salt of the slow-cooked El Paso brisket is perfect with this refreshing Vienna style lager.
Smashburger, a Denver-based chain whose technique of—literally—smashing ground meat onto a griddle to maximize browning, offers a variety of inventive burger combinations. For a satisfying beer-and-a burger combo, try a bottle of Negra Modelo with this DC outpost’s Capitol Burger, which dresses the meat with grilled onions, aged Swiss, baby arugula, and applewood smoked bacon.
Vace Italian Delicatessen & Homemade Pasta
Thin-crust pizza is the draw at this combination pizzeria and Italian ingredient store in Cleveland Park. And, the pies pair surprisingly well with a Vienna-style lager like Negra Modelo: it’s malty, caramel notes bring out the acidity and sweetness of the pizzas’ tomato-based sauces.
Busboys and Poets
Part bookstore, part restaurant, Andy Shallal’s mini-chain, Busboys and Poets, is churning out some of the best fried chicken in DC: the herb-crusted bird is fried and finished with a Chardonnay cream sauce. A crisp brew like Negra Modelo provides an exceptional balance to the richness of the dish. A perfect meal indeed.
This neighborhood go-to in Adams Morgan may be known for its whiskey selection and cocktail menu, but it also serves some fantastic Southern-inspired fare. And sometimes, those comfort food classics just call for a beer. Sample the low country pulled pork with a Negra Modelo — the tang of the Carolina-style BBQ sauce is the perfect match for the weight of the beer.
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Policy Restaurant & Lounge
Sometimes the perfect meal is composed of classic pub fare and a good beer, and DC’s recently revamped Policy is the place to indulge in such a combo. Arrive early and order a plate of fish and chips and a Negra Modelo — the beer will offer the perfect sweet balance to the salty, crunchy dish.
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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Serving up always-consistent Mexican fare, José Andrés’ Oyamel is the place to go for exceptional tacos and ceviches, among other innovative Mexican dishes. Pair the ceviche de chamoy—Hawaiian Ono, chile pequín, and amango and chile mulato chamoy—with a Negra Modelo. The beer’s substantial body is a perfect complement to the spice and tang of the fish.
Louisiana fish house Acadiana serves refined, New Orleans-inspired fare, and the complex flavors of its dishes are a perfect match for Negra Modelo. Enjoy a bottle on the restaurant’s patio, with favorites like smoked chicken and andouille sausage gumbo or crispy pork boudin balls.