It's not easy to name a sausage company. The chances of bad puns and innuendos, as you might imagine, are pretty high. So when husband-wife team Scott McIntosh and Ana Marin first launched their sausage company three years ago, they named it 13th Street Meats after the street where they live. Dodge City, American Ice Company, Boundary Stone, and others all carried their products. But now that they've expanded the operation to their own shop at 247 Florida Ave. NW, the name doesn't quite fit. "I don't know anything about branding, but I know that that's 3rd Street," McIntosh says pointing out the door, "and if we're 13th Street Meats, it's just going to be confusion until the end."
So they've switched to another equally straightforward name: Meats & Foods.
The small shop opened quietly last week with a menu that's as simple as the name. For now, there are only six sausage sandwiches—all $6 each—with add-ons like beef chili, cheese, or Gordy's pickles. The half-smoke is so far the top seller, but the veggie dog made with seitan, veggie stock, soy sauce, olive oil, and beans has been a surprise favorite. Eventually, Marin, a former vegetarian, would like to add some vegetable sides like tomato salad or pasta salad. (Right now, the only side is chili.) Beers ($4-$6) include DC Brau, Natty Boh, Coors Light, and Yuengling, and Marin and McIntosh are also looking to add some wine if they can find something good and affordable. Read more Get a $6 Sausage Sandwich at Meats & Foods