Who makes the D.C. area’s best jalapeño poppers?

November 18, 2013
Jalpeno poppers
The Tune Inn's classic jalapeño poppers come with house marinara sauce for dipping. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Consider the humble jalapeño popper. It doesn't inspire the devotion and debate that surrounds discussion of chicken wings. It's never a trendy bar snack, like deviled eggs or poutine. But there is a time, usually when you've had a few beers and you're staring at Monday Night Football in a bar, when you want nothing more than deep-fried hot peppers stuffed with cheese.

I've been thinking about jalapeño poppers since yesterday, when Tommy Hunter of the Flying Dog brewery asked a simple question on Twitter: "Are there any places in DC that have jalapeño poppers?"

I'm a fan of the basic version at Tune Inn. While they're nothing fancy, they get everything right: The initial crunch of the shell gives way to the heat of the pepper, which is followed by a rush of liquified cheese to balance the palate.

After retweeting Tommy's query, a few people offered a variety of suggestions for the area's best poppers:

 

So now we're asking you: Where do you go for the area's best jalapeño poppers?

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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