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