This thing you should try: GBD’s chile relleno

GBD makes some of the city's best fried chicken, and the secret is in the perfectly crisp, flaky batter that covers the meat: It's never greasy, and it's always fried to perfection. Now GBD is experimenting with a new menu item that takes the fryer to another level: a chile relleno stuffed with the restaurant's spicy, creamy pimento mac and cheese.


A fried chile relleno at GBD in Dupont Circle.  (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

The mild heat from the poblano pepper combines wonderfully with the lighter tang of pimentos in the mac and cheese, and the crunch from the deep-fried shell adds a fantastic bite and balance to the dish. For only $7, it's a steal – especially because it's big enough for two people to share as an appetizer, or for one diner to make a meal of – especially when paired with one of the bar's stouts or darker Belgian beers.

The chile relleno will only be available on GBD's menu for a limited time, though General Manager Alex Taylor told me that it may become a permanent menu item. I certainly hope it sticks around.

GBD, 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-524-5210. 

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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