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Keep That Shutdown Spirit Alive In Semi-Back-To-Normal D.C.

Post-no-government-shutdown blues? Everyone was all excited for the anarchy and lawlessness, that is, until they came after the hoohaws of D.C.’s low-income women. Even if D.C.’s mayor did go to jail to protest the Republican Riders, short of throwing fetuses on Boehner’s lawn, it seems like Washingtonians are just going to have to go back to doing what they do best: indiscriminately disposing of income at a food and beer establishment. Which takes us to H Street NE, where, for its newest act, it has unveiled a Mongolian restaurant where food is consumed under the faded glare of multiple flat screen teevees. D.C. at its best!

The Mongolian restaurant, Khan’s Bar and Grill, which once employed young a Riley Waggaman, until he suddenly stopped showing up for work, is reminiscent of a college cafeteria’s stir fry station, only it also has a 110 inch HD projector and a full service bar.


Unlike most of the new places on H Street, Khan’s offers good food at fast-foody prices. A nice-sized bowl of fresh vegetables, noodles, and chicken or shrimp, which you get the pleasure of creating all by yourself using whatever sauces you desire, is just $8. Though the restaurant isn’t a part of The Great D.C. Tradition of Food and Booze Free-For-Alls  (see: the all you can eat and drink brunch at Cuba Libre, Masa 14, and Ping Pong Dim Sum), meaning this is not all you can eat Mongolian BBQ, you do get to watch the cooks stir-fry your meal on a giant skillet. For a town full of people who were monumentally excited by the prospect of parking in front of a fire hydrant during the shutdown, we can’t even imagine the amount of joy that watching noodles and vegetables be warmed on a large skillet will bring to Washingtonians.

The good news is that at Khan’s, you’re not dining in a bizarre, low-lit, New York-ified Carnival Wonderland. That doesn’t mean the place isn’t without its own oddities: the restaurant is awkwardly Mongolian BBQ to your right and full bar to your left. Soon it will also have a la carte Asian Fusion small plates menu, because, as we’ve learned when it comes to dining in D.C., why not?

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If you’re looking for less gimmick-y dining experience on H Street, before you go play blingo, eat tater totz, spend $6 on slice of pie, or try out the new underground, much hyped, above ground Ramen noodle emporium, Khan’s is the place to go. And, have no fear, they have PBR on tap.

Khan’s 1125 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 399-6010
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Arielle Fleisher is the Wonkabout. She roams D.C. seeking tasty foods, cheap drinks, whole-pig BBQs, think tank events, street fairs and other local horrors.

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  1. horsedreamer_1

    Had I known about this tanginess just a week ago, I could have salved the hurt of finding out the owner of my local (which just started serving kick-ass Hungarian links) is a Tea-tard; I no longer go there, so no Hungarian sausage for me. Mongolian would have made up for it, though.

  2. GodShammgod

    Is it bad that every time I see the word "Mongolian", I think of the "Shitty Wok" guy from South Park screaming "GOD DAMN MONGORIANS!"

    Thanks a lot, South Park.

      1. OkieDokieDog

        Good photos. I bet it's really pretty there when everything turns green.
        Same here – ugly as all get out in winter – pretty nice when it leafs out – then it gets hotter than hell.

  3. OkieDokieDog

    I just had a Junior Chicken Strip sandwich at Sonic Drive-In. 2 dinky over deep fried strips of battered chicken slapped on a white hamburger bun with a gigantic glob of mayonnaise and some chopped up E coli lettuce, & a small Coke.
    Cost: $2 and some change.

    I'll trade with you.

      1. weejee

        Guess we gotta ask the trolls why they keep hitting themselves over the head with a 22 oz waffle-headed framing hammer. Though it probly does feel good when they stop. So there troll, it will feel better if you stop.

  4. LabRodent

    Who in the hell downfist sh*t about dining. Dude I well send you some new pills we're working on here. ASAP

  5. Sophist [غني عن ذلك]

    A nice-sized bowl of fresh vegetables, noodles, and chicken or shrimp…

    Bah! Not only is it NOT all you-can-eat, there's no lamb either? Laaaame.

  6. fuflans

    speaking of return to normal: 'all things considered' is running another top of the hour prime time slot with another republican interview.

    1. UpfistTroll

      No doubt lobbing softball questions in their desperate attempt to appear more "middle of the road". SIGH.

    1. V572..whatever

      Ew, don't drink that swill.

      You know why American beer is like two people having sex in a canoe?

      1. HistoriCat

        There's plenty of good American beer out there – it's just hiding. If you can get it anywhere in the country, then it sucks. However, smaller breweries actually care about their product and some of them produce some damn fine beer.

        Now I wish I had some Shiner.

        No TV and no beer make Homer – something.

  7. V572..whatever

    All these comments and no mention of the Mongolian clusterfuck yet? C'mon, people!

    And by the way: the top food pics shows why food photography is better left to professionals.

    1. Barbara_i

      I dunno, with the news of Nancy, planning yet another visit here I am thinking that even PBR sounds good right now. She just left!

      Explain Mongolian beef to me, please. Is it spicy?

  8. BZ1

    What will they do with all the shutdown countdown clocks? Oh, right, they will be available for the next time, give it a week…

  9. MiniMencken

    Eight dollars for a bowl of noodles? Arielle, have you ever cooked food at whatever passes for your home? Done grocery shopping? Never mind!

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