Galaxy Hut brings back the beef

July 31, 2013

Less than nine months after Galaxy Hut removed all meat from its menu, the longtime Clarendon watering hole is bringing back the bacon. And the pulled pork. And beef chili for the all-beef frankfurters, too. Owner Lary Hoffman says it all came down to a lack of sales.


Galaxy Hut, which has been a fixture in Clarendon since 1993, is once again serving meat along with one of Arlington's finest draft beer lists. (Photo by Xiaomei Chen/The Washington Post)

Vegetarians and vegans are still catered to, as meat and vegan dishes will be prepped on entirely different grilltops, and just about every dish has available substitutions: the loaded cheesesteak can be ordered with vegan seitan as well as beef or roasted turkey. Plates of "Tot-chos" – tater tots served like nachos – can be served with bacon and two kinds of cheese, but also smothered with vegan cheese, or topped with a choice of veggie or beef chili. (It's worth noting that the fryer is completely vegan.)

A new addition is a menu of grilled cheese sandwiches, similar to the offerings at the Hut's sister bar, Spacebar. There are veggie options (portabello mushroom cap with onions, garlic and herbs), but you can also get cheddar, muenster and bacon, or roasted turkey, avocado and muenster.

The new menu, which you can see in full on the bar's website, is in effect tonight, when the Hut will also reintroduce Hump Night. The anyone-can-DJ weekly party ran on Wednesdays between 1998 and 2008, but Hoffman decided it was time for a comeback. Nick Evans, of Arlington retro rockers the Tender Thrill, provides the tunes from 9 p.m. on with no cover charge.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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