Young and Hungry

Three Things to Try This Weekend

  1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (pictured) at America Eats Tavern, $10—add a faint hint of foie gras for just $4 more; 405 8th St. NW, (202) 393-0812
  2. Pho bo at Instant Noodles, $8.95; 2408 18th St. NW, (202) 299-1113
  3. Vietnamese coffee milkshake at Ba Bay, $7; 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, (202) 547-1787

Photo by Chris Shott

  • Mike on H Street

    I read the previous piece on America Eats and came away from it thinking that there were other items you liked better than the PB&J. Why are you recommending it now?

  • Chris Shott

    Fair question, Mike. I actually found the PB&J quite tasty, as I mention in the previous piece. It's the pricetag. Seems rather steep for nut butter and jam. But you could say that about a lot of things at America Eats. So the sandwich sort of sums up the restaurant in a nutshell. In this case, a peanut shell. Also, I liked the picture.

  • tomaj

    i've never truly liked the trend of gourmet comfort food, and i think it's reaching its nadir here, especially with the now-old trick of adding foie gras (or truffles or caviar) to justify the gourmet label and price tag. i'm already tired of restaurants serving mac&cheese and tater tots. i can't can't can't pay $10 for a PB&J, and i want the gourmet chefs to leave the non-gourmet food alone.

    hush puppies ($10) with caviar ($21)? "baby" corn on the cob ($12)?

    but yes, the picture's pretty cool.

  • Chris Shott

    Agreed, tomaj: $10 is a lot for PB&J. On the other hand, if you must go to America Eats and all you order is the PB&J, then consider yourself lucky for enjoying a taste of elevated American cooking so cheaply.