Young and Hungry

A Surprising Source for Terrific Meatball Sliders

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The buns for these dainty sliders are so exquisite they look like catalog examples of the baker's craft. Their tops are golden and crusty, coated in a light (egg-wash?) sheen and sprinkled with salt and pepper, which give them the appearance of tanned men with male-pattern baldness.

Juicy little lamb meatballs, at once tightly compressed and delicately spiced, are tucked inside these gorgeous buns. They're topped with a slaw of shredded romaine lettuce and ribbons of piquant red pepper. The whole thing is bound together with a blue cheese aioli, which balances out the slaw and adds a little fat to the typically lean lamb meat.

These compact bites are so tasty and satisfying you have to wonder how the operators could afford to sell the pair for a measly $6.

Got an idea how?

They're available only at the new Spy Diner street cart, a joint project between Stir Food Group and D.C. Central Kitchen. It's located on the corner of 9th and F streets NW, right next to the National Portrait Gallery. The food is courtesy of Stir, which operates Zola across the street, and the employees are graduates of DCCK's culinary job training program.

The cart offers breakfast items (egg sandwiches, muffins, coffee cake) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. 11 a.m. and lunch and dinner options (five different slider options, including a tomato and brie veggie version) from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Do you need any more reasons to go?

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