One of the best parts about working in downtown D.C. is having a wide variety of restaurants, food trucks, and cafes to choose from for lunch. I took an excursion with a coworker on our lunch break to Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken on G Street Northwest. Usually, I don’t associate donuts with fried chicken, and I’m generally picky about my fried chicken (as a black woman, I can say that no one fries chicken like my mom *praise hands emoji*), so I was initially leery of the idea. However, I was hungry, and in the mood for trying something new. I rarely pass up an opportunity for good food!
It was a short walk from our office building, so we got there in no time. Upon entering the establishment, I noticed that there was no indoor seating (which sucks, given that it’s been so cold here), but only a few metal chairs and tables on the sidewalk outside. All I could do is hope that the food would be worth freezing my hands off. Rows of donuts were beautifully displayed behind the counter, and the aroma of hot fried chicken wafted up from below. What’s interesting is that they have a dumbwaiter (essentially a vertical conveyor belt) for moving the chicken back and forth from the kitchen, as the store itself is unbelievably tiny (I wanted a photo, but couldn’t get one without the cashier being in the way).
Now, on to the food. I ordered 2 pieces of dark meat, along with a vanilla glazed donut, and my coworker ordered 2 pieces of dark with a crème brulee donut. The chicken was absolutely delicious, to my surprise. It was well seasoned, juicy, and had the perfect amount of crunch when I bit into it. While it isn’t my mom’s fried chicken, it was definitely a great substitute (sorry, Mommy! Lol). I ate the donut later in the day, and that was delicious as well. It was just enough glaze without being overwhelming, and had just the right amount of sweetness. This place is a 10 out of 10 on the yum scale, and I’ll definitely be back. They just need indoor seating.
What are some of your favorite places to eat?