Appropriate among the sea of international government agencies like the World Bank and IMF, is the international delight, G Street Food.
The large, cafeteria style lunch spot offers a daily menu of international street food, and its vast array of global cuisine draws a large crowd of suits during the lunch time rush hour.
After perusing the varied menu and making the ever difficult decision, orders are placed at a counter, and patrons can watch as smiling chefs prepare their seemingly effortless, yet sensationally tasty gourmet treats, just as one would order street food from stands around the world.
The lively buzz produces a delightful, contemporary atmosphere, and dishes are quickly whipped to perfection, making G Street Food ideal for a 20 minute lunch break or a leisurely tour of global cuisine with a group of friends.
Named one of the “Best Sandwich Shops” by the Washington Post, G Street Food crafts delectable $7.95 sandwiches, each with its own global theme. From the traditional Vietnamese “Chicken Banh Mi,” made with lemongrass and ginger marinated chicken, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro, fresh jalapenos and mayo served on a baguette. To the “Mediterranean,” a vegetarian treat of grilled Portobello mushrooms, red pepper, asparagus, with hummus and provolone served on foccacia. The variety of G Street Food offers the experience of global cuisine without having to leave Foggy Bottom.
The always popular “Cubano” comprises of swiss cheese, succulent roasted pork, thinly sliced prosciutto, tangy pickled jalapeno peppers, and a mouthwatering dijon-lime marinade. Served on a hot homemade baguette fresh from the oven, the “Cubano” is a finger-licking treat.
A recent addition to the multinational offerings, the “Thai Tuna Salad” offers a magnificent twist to the uninspiring chicken of the sea. Curry and jalapeno peppers liven the dish and result in an acute explosion of flavor. Topped with bean sprouts, the cool vegetable tames the spice and leaves you begging for more. The dish can be enjoyed as a salad or on saj, a delicate, traditionally Mediterranean flatbread.
In addition to award winning sandwiches, G Street Food boasts some of the best artisan flatbread in D.C. Topping thick, moist pizza dough with olives, grilled peppers, and zucchini, the $4.25 slice is perfectly satisfying, and the rotating menu gives regular patrons the opportunity for a different delightful bite each visit.
Some of G Street Food’s most authentic dishes may be found on the menu under the heading “Around the Globe.” The “Chicken Quesadilla” uses perfectly spiced chicken fajita and a refreshingly flavorful homemade pico de gallo that would impress any resident South of the border.
Other “Around the Globe” options include “Halal” with uses Zabiha certified halal meat, “Japanese Curry Rice,” a traditional dish with beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions, and “Socca,” a chickpea flour pancake layered with chickpea, lentil, and rice stew popular on the streets of Nice, France.
Open Monday through Friday for breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., G Street Food gives locals the opportunity to relish in “Norwegian Lox” ($4.50) or a “Russian” omelet ($4.25) before class or work, and to stop back until closing at 4:00 p.m. to enjoy “Asian Lettuce Wraps” or a “Kentucky” fried chicken sandwich.
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