Mashed potatoes are nothing to scoff at in Washington, DC. With sophisticated palates and cuisine from across the globe, Washingtonians want more that just the traditional potatoes. These unique mashed potatoes dishes are worth the trip to the destination.
Ben’s Next Door
1211 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
The restaurant accompaniment to the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street serves up decadent southern cuisine without the need to stand in line. On its menu is a mashed sweet potatoes dish that starts with the nutritionally dense sweet potatoes that are mashed and sweetened a little more with brown sugar for a delicious side that marries perfectly with Ben’s greens.
1625 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
BLT Steak spices it up with its delicious jalapeño mashed potatoes. Steak houses are known for their fine selections of meat, but delicious sides need to be more than the throw-away vegetables, and BLT accomplishes just that. It also offers regular mashed potatoes or the ever-popular truffle mashed potatoes all whipped with an oven-crisp top and served in a cask iron dish for a piping hot, melt-in-your-mouth slice of potato heaven.
1323 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Most mashed potatoes require that the potatoes be peeled so there aren’t any skins floating around in the dish. GBD likes to leave the skins on to maximize flavor and nutrition while bringing you smooth, creamy, garlicky goodness in its garlic smashed potatoes. True to its word, the potatoes are chunky with a slightly sweet profile mixed in with the tangy garlic. It’s a perfect side dish and a crowd favorite to the delicious fried chicken and doughnuts.
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Poste Moderne Brasserie
555 8th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
Situated in the Hotel Monaco in Gallery Place, Chef Dennis Maron takes potatoes to a new level. Known for the truffle frites, another unique potato dish is the Dijon pomme purée. This delicate balance of the pungent Dijon mustard whipped into the buttery mashed potatoes makes this dish more than just a side, but a life of its own. It’s a perfect accompany to any of the decadent beef, pork or veal dishes, or just as a side with a cocktail in the courtyard.
Smoke & Barrel
2471 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Smoke and Barrel in Adams Morgan is best known for its selection of beer, bourbon and vegan food. But its vegetarian roasted garlic mashed potatoes are a highlight of the menu. Featuring the smooth, but robust flavor of roasted garlic, cream cheese is added to make the whipped potatoes smoother and more decadent. A delicious accompaniment to a few pints of craft brew or some tofu tacos, be sure to note that the mashed potatoes are not vegan.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.