This thing you should try: Pulled-pork hand pies at Penn Commons

Okay D.C., let's talk about bar snacks. We have an abundance of tater tots, sliders, spicy wings and truffle fries. We have pretzels bigger than a human head. But you know what we don't have nearly enough of? Hand pies.

Can hand pies please be the next big thing? They are a perfect food. As savories, baked or fried, they're convenient and unfussy, endlessly customizable and dippable in spicy sauces. They pair well with beer or bourbon. As sweets, they're cooler than played-out cupcakes, and heartier than trendy macarons.

Pulled pork hand pies with Carolina Gold BBQ sauce at penn Commons (Maura Judkis/for The Post)
Pulled-pork hand pies with Carolina BBQ sauce at Penn Commons. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)

Yes, we know that you can always get empanadas at Julia's. But you can't sit at a bar and have a drink with your meat pie at Julia's, which is why you should head to the new Penn Commons, which opened Monday, for pulled pork hand pies with Carolina barbecue sauce. The crispy, meaty pies are big enough that you could order them with a side and call it a meal. And that sauce -- the mustardy, vinegary sauce with a generous helping of heat that is South Carolina's great gift to this nation -- you won't want to let a drop of it go to waste.

Penn Commons, 700 Sixth St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). 202-905-2999.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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