Corned Beef on Rye ($9)
Of course, there were high hopes for the menu's crown jewel, the cured and smoked beef brisket. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a letdown. While the beef had a smoky, rich flavor, the composition was a bit stringy, and not nearly as large of a serving as you'd expect from a $9 sandwich. The rye bread, on the other hand was fresh, hearty, and stood up well to the slather of housemade hot mustard.
Braided Shabbat Challah ($5)
A fresh, light and fluffy loaf from the Breadsmith bakery. Probably not worth waiting in line for 30 minutes, but good.
Kosher Dill Pickles ($1)
Perfectly crisp and salty, this Kosher dill isn't too sour, and very refreshing on a hot day. The only pickles I've had in D.C. to rival these? The ones from the "In A Pickle" stand at Eastern Market.
Fresh-Cut Chips ($2)
These golden Yukon Gold potatoes are deep-fried in peanut oil and sprinkled with a kosher salt blend and fresh herbs. While flavorful, they were a tad soggy in some bites.
Israeli Couscous Salad ($4)
Even if you're normally leery of pre-packaged salads because they so often end up overdressed and soggy, don't worry. This one is a light, refreshing salad of Israeli couscous, chopped cucumber, green olives, tomatoes, bell peppers, and just the right amount of vinaigrette. A tasty side especially if you need a non-meat bite while munching on the corned beef.
Fresh-Squeezed Seltzer Lemonade ($3)
It's sure thirst-quenching on a hot D.C. afternoon. This has the right tart-sweet balance and isn't too sweet, thankfully. The seltzer only added to the refreshing-ness. Though you might want to BYO mint or basil to finish it off.
Classic Black & White Cookie ($2)
Even if you're normally more of a "chunky" cookie fan (say oatmeal or chocolate chip), this moist, cakey disc topped with decadent chocolate and vanilla frosting is a fine sweet chaser to brisket.