This was scheduled to be a victory post. A list of spirited, ra-ra foods to be inhaled this weekend when Georgetown was crushing Kansas in the Elite 8. Not! Instead, a nostalgic tribute to all 7-2 of Roy Hibbert, Coach John Thompson's pinchable cheeks and us recently learning where the heck Davidson is. With a tear, and napkin ready, we say goodbye to the Hoya season with these campus favorites.
About the author: Erin Zimmer, our Washington, D.C., correspondent, is a new media analyst and frequently writes for Washingtonian, DCist, and other local publications. While Georgetown's food columnist, she investigated the cafeteria's omelet station, Hoya coffeeshop's cultish pumpkin muffins, and what exactly the basketball players ate.
Address: 1236 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 333-8254
There's nothing glam about the menu's most worshiped sandwich. The Chicken Madness is really just cheap hoagie bread with chicken, provolone, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, peppers and onions slopped on top. But the Madness has a cultish campus following. Maybe it's the accessibility to Wisey's Deli (just a couple blocks from the front gates) or the student budget-friendly price ($5.45, with a bag of UTZ chips and canned soda no less). Whatever the reason, it's inspired generations of nightly Hoya orders and even write-in votes on student presidential ballots each year. Woo, a sloppy sandwich for president!
Address: 3207 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 338-2478
Even when the wings are gone, that red-orange greasy goodness sticks to the fingertips. That's how you know it's good. Mini drumsticks are drenched with "house sauce" (Island Heat, which they also sell in bottles) or twenty others including bleu cheese or DC-specific Mumbo sauce. Order late night or for game day, and some nice delivery boy will zip up on his scooter with your bucket in 25 minutes stat. You might as well splurge on their other trademark "dish"—Puff Daddy's Sweet Fried Dough.
Address: 1226 36th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 337-6668
Cavernous and underground, it's the Cheers of the Hoyas off-campus. Maritime paintings evoke the university's rowing tradition and students get cozy in booths between classes. Senior year, the most dedicated Hoyas attempt "99 days," a ritualistic (and pricey) act before graduation where you must purchase at least one liquid or solid each day of the ninety-nine. (Usually a liquid, let's be honest) Those who meet the challenge get their name on a plaque in tiny font near the bar.
Philadelphia Pizza Co.
Address: 1201 34th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 333-0100
Or "Philly-Peee" to students. It's just 3-bucks a slice, but almost one-fourth the size of an actual pie. Since it's most congested between 2 and 3 AM on weekend mornings, most Hoyas haven't actually jumbo sliced during daylight hours. But they'll admit it's good enough to eat then too, especially with a few squirts of ranch dressing located in dispensers near the register. Squeezing that white magic on top is part of the tradition.
Address: 3214 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Frozen yogurt is one of those foods that gets regional and personal, and in the Georgetown neighborhood, the frozen cream comes from Thomas Sweet. As every Jane Hoya has memorized, the Snickers flavor only has ten-cals per ounce, and there's plenty of toppings to mask that fake sugar taste. The Blend-In is "T-Sweet's" signature take on a McFlurryesque mash-up of fro-yo and toppings.