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5 Things to Try at GBD

i, my name is Lisha and I’m a doughnut-holic. They always say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I didn’t even realize I had one until they knew me by name at GBD…only 5 days after it opened in Dupont Circle.

The acronym stands for “Golden Brown Delicious,” an ode to the addictive fried chicken and doughnuts that dominate the menu. However, it might as well be the name of a new street drug; instead of snorting it, just rub the different glazes and dipping sauces on your gums. This is what rock-bottom looks like.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, GBD offers an array of mouthwatering flavors created by Tiffany McIsaac and Kyle Bailey, the team behind Birch & Barley. Head over to the adorable throwback shop and taste these items while they’re still legal (we’ll probably run into each other):

  • You can order a doughnut anytime, and the yeast-risen ones are dense, chewy, and perfectly encased in glaze. The apple fritter and the classic ($2.25) both have that intoxicating brioche aroma; the former is laced with fresh apple compote while the latter is a serious fried-to-order upgrade to the Krispy Kreme across the street.
  • For a delightful morning pick-me-up, try the fried chicken biscuit ($3.25) served only during breakfast hours. A hearty thigh piece is sandwiched between a sweet potato biscuit, producing a sweet and savory combination that’s a stroke of genius.
  • The lunch menu is of simple comfort, and the drum and thigh lunchbox ($8) is a must-have. The crisp and tender chicken falls right off the bone, and comes with Kohlrabi slaw and (sadly) only 1 crème fraiche biscuit that melts right in your mouth. The mumbo sauce is worth the extra 65¢, adding some tang to an already feisty meal.
  • The roasted garlic smashed potatoes ($2 as meal add-on, $3.50 alone) is one of the best sides that GBD has to offer, and makes you wonder why there is no garlic mandate on all mashed potatoes everywhere.
  • As if fried chicken thighs couldn’t get any more interesting, the fried chicken bao ($4.25) is ridiculously good and an innovative goldmine on an otherwise unsurprising dinner menu. Topped with pickled veggies, it’ll have you singing that sassy new Beyonce song.

GBD also has a fully-stocked bar and is open late-night, appropriate (or dangerous) for dealing with any addictions you have. See the full menu here.

Photos by Lisha Yates

1323 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

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Lisha Yates

Lisha is a true Virginian, bearing an unhealthy obsession with Smithfield ham and Piedmont wines. Born with an appetite for the worldly, she grew up in her potty-mouthed grandma's soulful kitchen, asked for a bread-maker on her 11th birthday, has lived in Spain, and ate a whole spit-roasted guinea pig in Ecuador.She gets creative with her own cooking, too--like beer-battered shrimp tacos made with Natty Light and pancake mix. When she's not working as a consultant, or hunting for the best cheap eats, Lisha is tweeting her dining endeavors and leisurely whereabouts (or at home eating mac n' cheese, if we're being honest).


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  1. Jaime Bond 16 April, 2013 at 13:39 Reply

    Caution!!!! I am studying to be a dentist, and I think if you rub these delicious sounding foods on your teeth, you will surely get Gingivitis.

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