Welcome back to the Grand Prix Washington DC countdown blog! Yesterday , I showed you your travel options and places to stay this weekend at Grand Prix Washington DC. Whether you're flying into Dulles International Airport or packing five deep into your friend's Honda Civic, you're one step closer to getting to the Dulles Expo Center for all of the festivities at Grand Prix Washington DC!
When I'm at any Magic tournament, one of my favorite things to do is round up some of my closest friends and break bread. Yes, in theory, you could eat convention center delicacies all day, but why do that when Washington DC has such an amazing food scene? So today, I'll be going over a few awesome restaurant options that I plan on going to while I'm in our nation's capital.
For my breakfast fans out there, let's get the party started right. Founding Farmers provides three separate menus to kick off the day - breakfast for those who have some time to spare, morning grab & go for those who are short on time, and brunch for those who have gotten off to a late start. Each menu is vast with plenty of options, so if you're a breakfast defector like myself, this is a great way to kick off one of your mornings while you're in Washington DC.
We make every effort to embody the values of the farmers who own us and partner with us. For us, that means paying attention to every detail: from the way we treat our team like family to the way we choose our product. For example, the flour we choose to make our bread comes from the state-owned North Dakota Mill, therefore the profits go directly back to the people of North Dakota. Also, we incorporate recycled and refurbished materials when designing and building our restaurants, as well as compost and recycle waste in efforts to uphold our environmental and social responsibility. Mindfulness, honesty, and accountability are ingrained in us because it is the farmer's way.
Our name "Founding Farmers" is a nod to our Founding Fathers, many of whom were devoted farmers long before they became trailblazers for our country. While those leaders built and contributed to the American agricultural tradition, we recognize that our mission is also about growing a new venture with farmers at the root: one that strengthens their livelihood, gives back to the community, and makes quality food accessible to all.
View Founding Farmer's menu here.
Normally when I introduce a restaurant in this column, I do a breakdown of what I'm excited about, read their story, and post part of it here to sell you on who they are and what they do, and then link you to their menu. Well, once you go to Willard's BBQ website, you'll realize that there isn't much to dig through. You'll find hours, locations, and food. That's it. And really, that might be a good thing. As good as BBQ is, one thing it isn't is complicated. There's meat, sides, and various sauces. Most of the time, they're very good, and from what I've heard, Willard's BBQ is no exception.
The best part? Willard's BBQ is within walking distance of the Dulles Expo Center!
View Willard's BBQ menu here.
Iron Age Korean Steakhouse
Few things make me happier than enjoying Korean BBQ with my friends after a full day of playing Magic. There's just something about sharing food, drink, and bad beat stories with a hot stove nearby that remind me of my twenties. Given how much I travel for a living, I've been to many Korean BBQ joints around the country, up to and including Iron Age. And trust me when I say, it will not disappoint.
As this is your D.I.Y experience, our goal is to keep all of your supplies ready and at an arms reach. This is done by providing constant attention to your table, helping you with your next order through suggestions, and by refilling any of our sides or sauces. And yes our sides are also all you can eat, just place the empty dish on the side of your table and we will refill it.
When you place an order, please let us know the type of dining experience you would like to have. Depending on if you are feeling adventurous and would like to try a bit of everything or you would like to stick with what you love, it will help us guide you through your experience with portioning and prioritizing meat selections.
View Iron Age's menu here.
Even though this Grand Prix is in the suburbs and not in DC proper, I know that some of you are willing to do what it takes for a good meal. Therefore, I'm going to revisit a few of my favorites in DC just in case you're feeling frisky. The first is Uprising, where muffins rule the roost.
Four years in the making, Uprising Muffin Company was raised on the belief that food should be simple, fresh and above all, seriously delicious. That's why every muffin we make for you starts from scratch with 10 ingredients or less, no preservatives, no artificial colors, nothing you can't pronounce. Sure, preservatives mean food can sit on a shelf longer, but we don't believe food was meant to last forever.
If our muffin isn't in your hands today, it's being donated to someone less fortunate and fresh muffins will be ready for you tomorrow.
View Uprising Muffin Company's menu here.
Are you familiar with the word, "charcuterie"? Charcuterie is a fancy word for cold cooked meats collectively. So what does that mean? That means that if you want to eat the best bologna ever, you should go to The Partisan. Yes, they have other things like beef fat fries, salt-cured foie gras, and crawfish hushpuppies, but none of those are as fun to say as charcuterie!
The Partisan, a full-blown bar and restaurant joined at the hip with Red Apron, our butcher shop on D Street in Penn Quarter, serves as a veritable playground for Executive Chef and Butcher Nathan Anda to capitalize and expand on all the good things Red Apron has on offer. From a mind-boggling selection of charcuterie to an eclectic collection of dishes that runs the gamut from vegetables, fish and all manner of carnivorous deliciousness, to arguably one of this town's finest, deepest wine, beer and cocktail programs, The Partisan is exactly where you want to be.
View The Partisan's menu here.
What Tomorrow Brings
Now that you know more about how to make your belly happy, you're all set for Grand Prix Washington DC! Tomorrow's final entry into the Grand Prix Washington DC countdown blog will have a few miscellaneous notes worth noting. See ya then!
Previous Grand Prix Washington DC Blogs
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 11 Days Out - Event Overview!
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 10 Days Out - Registration Options And Rewards!
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 9 Days Out - Main Event Registration!
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 8 Days Out - Side Event Registration!
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 7 Days Out - Guest Of Honor!
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 4 Days Out - Artists Alley!
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 3 Days Out - Cosplayers!
- Countdown To Grand Prix Washington DC: 2 Days Out - Travel and Lodging!