Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.; Sundays from noon until 1 a.m.
Atmosphere: Informal, family-style English pub.
Price range: Sandwiches cost around $3 each; dinners range from $4 to $6.
Reservations: None accepted.
Credit cards: None; cash only.
Special facilities: Accessible by wheelchair; plenty of free parking space.
We must have driven past The Stained Glass Pub 100 times without ever noticing it. It's tucked into an inconspicuous spot on Layhill Road just off Georgia Avenue. Then one Saturday our oldest daughter appeared on our doorstep bearing an enormous pepperoni and sauage pizza, which she claimed was the best she had tasted in Washington.
After finishing the pizza in record time, the rest of the family agreed with her. The crust was crisp and thin, the generous amount of sauce rich and spicy, the meat toppings were lavish and tasty and -- best of all -- the cheese was sofft and stringy so that when you took a bite of pizza, the cheese clung to it until the last possible second.
"Where did you get it," we demanded. When she told us, "At The Stained Glass Pub," we immediately began wondering what the rest of the food was like. We set out to try it the following Sunday.
The place was jumping when we arrived at 6:30 p.m., and much of the noise was coming from two television sets which, in true American pub style, were located in both the front and back of the large room.
We found a table in the back and studied the menu. Should we have submarine sandwiches, complete dinners with salad bar, one of the Pub's special sandwhiches, seafood or pizza?
We decided to sample a little of everything.
My husband chose the spaghetti and meat sauce dinner ($3.75) after hearing that the pasta was homemade. I joined him when he went up to make his salad and, besides the usual lettuce and vegetables there were canned peach slices, fruit cocktail, cottage cheese and crackers. The salad fixings were fresh and crisp and there were four different dressings. He also ordered a bowl of vegetable soup ($1.20), which was full of carrots, peas and lentils in a rich, thick broth. Our son hung tough for pizza ($3.95) with a cup of chili ($4.95) on the side. The chili was almost too hot for him, but with the help of three glasses of ice water, he finished every bite.
One daughter ordered a steak and cheese submarine ($2.75), which had layers and layers of thinly sliced steak, lots of cheese and onions and enough lettuce, tomato and pickles to constitute a small salad. Her sister selected a barbeque beef sub ($3.50) with french fries and cole slaw, which turned out to be one of the stars of the dinner. The roast beef was piled high and covered with a spicy dark barbecue sauce. She couldn't begin to finish it, so the waitress obligingly wrapped it up "for tomorrow."
My Layhill special, billed as beef cube steak, turned out to be a gigantic hamburger covered with melted cheese and fried onions and served with fries, tomato and lettuce. At $2.95 it was good but not great.
Mugs of Coke (50 cents) completed the meal except for one slice of homemade cheesecake ($1.35), the only dessert on the menu. We wanted to try it, since our waitress heartily recommended it. She was right. It was rich, creamy and good.
The Pub also features cheese-and-cracker snacks, seafood dinners and various cold salads, but the big attraction is the pizza. It is a homey, friendly restaurant with inexpensive and hearty foods. Our entire dinner, with tax and gratuity, came to $28.