Red Apron Butcher: Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper

People have been putting meat and cheese between bread ever since our favorite Earl, the Earl of Sandwich, couldn’t be bothered to leave his card game to knife and fork his way through a meal. That was on November 3, 1762. Fast-forward 252 years and by god have we (the world) perfected the sandwich concept.

Sandwich shops are popping up in DC as fast as condo buildings with ridiculous amenities. One of the newest to throw their bread into the ring is the Penn Quarter location of Red Apron Butcher located on D Street NW. This new address joins the Red Apron Butchers located in Union Market and Merrifield, VA.

However, you can only get The Best Thing on the Menu: Sunday Supper weekdays during lunch in Penn Quarter. In this messy, nap-inducing hoagie you’ll find pot roast, horseradish mashed potatoes, beet horseradish slaw and Duke’s. Leftovers should fill a sandwich more often (kind of like the Best Thing on the Menu at Capriotti’s)


Those that insist on the patty approach should try The Dino, a spicy cotechino pork burger topped with broccoli rabe, fontina and tomato aioli on a kaiser roll. It’s like a quick trip to the Italian market (pretend we have one of those).

Sunday Supper not your BTM? Post your favorites in the comments section.

You might also like Taylor Gourmet and Bub and Pop’s.

Solutions to Your Dining Dilemmas

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Best Thing on the Menu answers your Washington, DC dining dilemmas every Thursday on Twitter.  Find yourself in a comida conundrum? Want some ideas on where to dine? Look no further than some of our top tweets below. Don’t forget to follow @BTMenu. Enjoy!

#Thatmomentwhen … Evening plans call for sushi but you don’t touch the raw stuff.

#Thatmomentwhen … You want 2 convert your man into a Brussels sprouts eater so you can cook them more at home.

#Thatmomentwhen … You have a mixed bag of vegetarian & meat-eating friends and want 2 try something trendy.

#Thatmomentwhen … You just want to wear shorts and have a casual evening without sacrificing flavor.

#Thatmomentwhen … It’s 2:00 a.m. You’ve been on U Street since 7:00 p.m. You wanna be bad and eat something naughty.

#Thatmomentwhen … You haven’t had a really good date in a long time.

#Thatmomentwhen … You need really cool gifts for bridal/baby shower guests or a rehearsal dinner.

#Thatmomentwhen … You visit Union Market for the first time and you’re overwhelmed with choices. 

#Thatmomentwhen … You realize its the last full month of summer and you want some burger ideas for your next BBQ.

#Thatmomentwhen … You’re craving smoke and spice and everything nice. Even the cocktails are smokey.

#Thatmomentwhen … You can’t look at another turkey sandwich & want something that will BLOW YOUR MIND. 

#Thatmomentwhen … Try as you might, you just can’t get a reservation at Estadio but crave high-quality tapas.

#Thatmomentwhen … You need a post-yoga lunch and don’t want to undo your sun salutation calories. 

#Thatmomentwhen … You have the urge to have an Anthony Bourdain-inspired evening without leaving the District.  

#ThatMomentWhen … You want that thing that everyone’s talking about and can’t believe you haven’t tried.

#ThatMomentWhen … You want to expand your Japanese food vocabulary past sushi & dive into pub-style snacks.

#ThatMomentWhen … You forgot Bubbe and Zayde were coming to visit and have yet to make a reservation.

#ThatMomentWhen … You are headed to Le Diplomate for dinner and as a pescatarian, can’t get the steak frites.

#ThatMomentWhen … Your sweet tooth outranks all of your other teeth and you need. dessert. right. now.

#ThatMomentWhen … You’re in need of providing guests with a patriotic DC meal, yet want something new.

#ThatMomentWhen … You just want something greasy to soak up your sorrow/hangover/happiness.

#ThatMomentWhen … Tears run down your cheeks because it’s summer and you don’t have a grill in your condo. 

Best Thing at the Market: TaKorean Bulgogi Beef Tacos

TaKorean Bulgogi Beef Tacos

The reimagined Union Market is a hipster oasis amidst otherwise gloomy, industrial surroundings. If you haven’t made the trip to NE, now’s the time. BTM recommends making a morning of it by renting bikes from Capital Bikeshare and heading over for a feast, corn hole and some outdoor adult beverages.

Though the outside of Union Market resembles a Home Depot with its white and orange color scheme, the inside is polished, vast and has a very Brooklyn vibe. Developers imagine a day when the surrounding area will feature “a vibrant mix of retail, restaurants, hotel, entertainment, incubator space for new food concepts,” and more.

The Best Thing at the Market: TaKorean Bulgogi Beef Tacos pack in the flavor, fusion and fun. Korean BBQ tacos have finally made their way east after many successful decades on the West Coast. DC native Mike Lenard’s TaKorean opened its food truck windows back in 2010. They offer bulgogi beef, tangy chicken and caramelized tofu tacos with two kinds of slaw, cool lime crème, sriracha, fresh cilantro and sesame seeds on corn tortillas. Their tortillas are impossibly warm and fresh, which propelled TaKorean past other contenders for Best Thing at the Market accolades.

TaKorean’s popularity prompted them to open a non-mobile shop out of Union Market. Several other food trucks have also set up shop at the market, allowing them to expand their offerings and bring in some cash over the weekend when food trucks would otherwise be dormant.  You can mix and match tacos and toppings for a great meal on the go or at the market.

Also available at Union Market – Buffalo and Bergen, Curbside Cupcakes, DC Empanadas, Red Apron Butchery, Righteous Cheese and more.

Bulgogi Beef Tacos not your Best Thing at the Market? Post your favorites in the comments section.