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20 Dishes Every Real Washingtonian Must Eat

January 18, 2018 | Zagat

DC is widely known to be a fairly transient city, with diplomats, elections, administration turnovers and fresh crops of interns changing the face of our metropolis on a regular basis. And for newcomers, there can be no better — or tastier — way of learning about your new home than by eating your way through a list of the city’s signature dishes. Here we present 20 bites that we think will make you a bona fide Washingtonian.

Rina Rapuano

Time Out Los Angeles’ best of 2017

January 8, 2018 | Time Out

Yes, 2017 was the sort of absurd and distressing reality show that none of us asked for. But we thought we’d focus on those few much-needed moments that brought joy to us in 2017.

By Time Out Los Angeles editors

18 Killer Fried Chicken Stops Across Los Angeles, Winter 2017

December 15, 2017 | Eater LA

From Nashville hot to Korean fried, all the best places to eat chicken right now.

By Farley Elliott and Crystal Coser

Sweet ways to celebrate Hanukkah

December 11, 2017 | USA Today

Celebrate Hanukkah with eight days of edible specials, from chocolate dreidels to menorah cookies. Restaurants, bakeries and even bars across the country celebrate the Jewish holiday with traditional foods, like latkes and challah bread, plus more creative ways to pay homage, such as themed cocktails and star-shaped sweets.

10 Spots Every DC Foodie Needs On Their Instagram

December 1, 2017 | Washingtonian

Up your game with drool-worthy shots.

By Abbey Gingras

14 Fried Chicken Sandwiches That Hit the Spot

November 29, 2017 | Eater DC

Interesting takes on an old favorite

By Tim Ebner

44 Iconic DMV Dishes

November 16, 2017 | Eater DC

There are certain dishes that are just inexplicably linked to certain Washington restaurants. Customers travel there just to try them. Tourists seek them out when exploring the city. And regulars can’t stop ordering them even though they know they should branch out and try something new.

26 Best Cheap Eats in LA

November 1, 2017 | Food Network

Dive into the best tacos, burgers and affordable bites in Los Angeles.

By Natalie B. Compton

Eat Your Baseball Joy with These Special Dodgers World Series Treats

October 23, 2017 | Los Angeles Magazine

The enthusiasm for the Dodgers being in the World Series is palpable. Local restaurants are getting in on the fun with an array of specials that nod to the team. Eating all of these might result in a blue tongue, but all the better for showing your spirit, right?

By Brittany Martin

Fall’s pumpkin dishes, desserts, and drinks

October 2, 2017 | USA Today

Get your gourds this month as fall menus go way beyond pumpkin spice with doughnuts, pizza, cocktails and pies featuring October’s star ingredient. From pumpkin tacos at Big Star in Chicago to salad served in a jack-o-lantern orange at The Westin Cape Coral Resort in Florida, there’s a variety of unique fall fruit dishes in destinations across the country.

35 birthday treats on USA TODAY’s 35th birthday

September 15, 2017 | USA Today

Despite being a dessert that we ritually set on fire, birthday cake is perhaps the most time-honored sweet, marking our individual milestones with an annual rush of sugar and fat that never gets old.

By Keith Flanagan

The definitive guide to Los Angeles doughnut shops

September 8, 2017 | Los Angeles Times

The glow of fluorescent lights, sticky primary-colored Formica, coffee in a glass carafe, Pepto Bismol-colored boxes and a bakery case full of glazed, twisted, frosted doughnuts. There’s something nostalgic about a doughnut shop, whether it’s a big chain, a trendy newcomer with a fancy font and gluten-free doughnuts, or a mom-and-pop shop in a strip mall.

By Jenn Harris

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

July 24, 2017 | Southern Living

Ever since fried chicken and waffles became trendy, chefs have looked for interesting riffs on that classic combination. Bless the soul who chose doughnuts as the “bread” component!

Fresh From the Oven

July 1, 2017 | Where Magazine LA

If it’s all-American comfort are you’re craving, get thee t o Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. The Washington, D.C, import’s crème-brûlée doughnuts and fried-chicken sandwiches – and the Instagram likes they draw-cause lines down the block. Get ‘em while they’re hot.

Chip & Joanna Gaines! This Is Us! Unicorn Frappuccinos! 100 Reasons to Love America Right Now

June 23, 2017 | People Magazine

From coast to coast and everywhere in between, we have the best: Whether it’s cake or yeasted, glazed or bacon-topped, there’s a flavor made just for you. Try Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Glazed and Infused in Chicago, Shipley Do-Nuts in Houston or Astro Doughnuts in D.C. if you have a hankering.

The Best Things to Eat and Drink

June 7, 2017 | Washingtonian

Best Breakfast Sweets and Doughnuts: Crème brûlée doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

8 Of Our Favorite Doughnuts From Around The Country

June 2, 2017 | Nylon

In honor of National Doughnut Day, the NYLON editors bring you a list of our favorite places to go when we’re in need of some good old DLC (doughnut love n’ care). Whether small or large, filled with jelly or cream, drizzled with chocolate or glazed to perfection, our love for doughnuts will be in our hearts (and tummies) forever.

Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Are the Newest Food Pairing to Hit LA

May 12, 2017 | The Daily Meal

There are numerous food pairings in this world that are just meant to be: bacon and eggs, spaghetti and meatballs, milk and cookies — iconic classics that just live harmoniously together. So when the notable East Coast eatery Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken brought its slightly unorthodox coupling to Los Angeles for the opening of its first West Coast store, it turned more than just the sophisticated noses of classy Californian diners.

By Reuben Mourad

14 dishes you need to try before you can call yourself a D.C. foodie

April 11, 2017 | Washington Post

Every year, The Washington Post publishes 40 Eats, a guide to the area’s best dishes. So far, the total list includes more than 150 options. But what are the most essential among these many, many options? Here’s a compilation of some of the city’s must-try dishes, as featured in 40 Eats and other roundups.

By Becky Krystal

Food Trends 2017: What to Look for On Your Plate This Year

December 20, 2016 | Condé Nast Traveler

No way around it: 2016 was a strange year. And from bleeding veggie burgers at New York’s Momofuku Nishi to burrito drone delivery in Virginia, the food scene kept pace..

By Jessica Voelker

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is bringing its crème brûlée doughnuts and fried chicken to L.A.

December 20, 2016 | Los Angeles Times

Doughnuts and fried chicken party: If you’ve been lucky enough to try a crème brûlée doughnut from
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Washington, D.C., you’ll understand why this next bit of news is exciting…

By Jenn Harris – Contact Reporter

Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Together at Last at This Soon-to-Open L.A. Restaurant

December 13, 2016 | L.A. Weekly

Unless you started a chain that sold nothing but ramen and tacos, it’s hard to think of two foods under
one roof more likely to thrill Los Angeles eaters than doughnuts and fried chicken. And that’s just what
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will be bringing to downtown L.A. in early 2017…

By Besha Rodell

Ballot-Worthy Bites: 11 Election-Themed Dishes and Drinks

November 1, 2016 | Food Network

It’s been a heated election season, with no shortage of debates, speeches and campaign revelations,
and the race to the White House has had everyone talking — including the country’s chefs and bartenders,
who are taking politics into the kitchen…

By Patty Lee

A Guide to D.C.’s Essential Doughnut Shops

October 26, 2016 | Eater DC

With the expansion of Duck Donuts and Astro Doughnuts in Virginia and the arrival of such new offerings as Sugar Shack, D.C. has been turning into even more of a doughnut town…

By Missy Frederick

The best fried chicken in America

July 6, 2016 | TimeOut

Satisfy your craving for crispy wings and spicy drumsticks at the 21 best fried chicken restaurants in America…

By Lauren Rothman and Time Out editors

21 Delicious D.C. Eats That Won’t Break The Bank

February 14, 2015 | Buzzfeed

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite cheap eats in Washington, D.C.
Here are the delicious results…

By Jon-Michael Poff

THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS: Old Bay Doughnut Chicken Sandwiches, Lizard Cafés and Weaponized Kimchi

July 25, 2014 | FWx

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let FWx do it for you…

By Justine Sterling

The Best Southern-Style Friend Chicken in Washington, DC

June 1, 2014 | Serious Eats

Depending on who you ask and what subjective gerrymandering is involved, you may or may not lump Washington, DC in with the American South…

By Brian Ho

National Donut Day!

June 6th is National Donut Day, but there’s more to the occasion than free donuts. Karin Caifa has the sweet history.

The 21 Best Donut Shops is AMERICA

April 19, 2014 | Thrillist

Ahhh, donuts. Before Wheaties and “doctors”, they truly were the breakfast of champions. And now, thanks to a resurgence of independent shops opening across the country, the fried yeasty sugar bomb is back en vogue…

By Kevin Alexander

40 dishes every Washingtonian must try in 2014

March 1, 2014 | Washingtonpost.com

Creme brulee doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Others fill doughnuts with eggy, vanilla-flecked custard and call it creme brulee (ahem, Doughnut Plant). But Astro’s idiosyncratic square doughnut, crowned the city’s best, goes to another level entirely… the creme brulee doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken…

Sweet: 101 Amazing American Doughnut Shops With Serious Street Cred

February 20, 2014 | Grub Street

Let the French have their croissants. The real morning-pastry action is in doughnuts, and even if Americans can’t claim sole ownership over something as simple as frying dough, the United States can certainly stake a claim on doughnut shops…

By Grub Street

Wallpaper* City Guide Washington DC

February 1, 2014 | Wallpaper* City Guide Washington DC

Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. The comfort food served at this Downtown joint is as American as it gets, but far from gimmick. Washingtonians and former hockey players Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern based the idea for venture on their tradition of enjoying a doughnut together after a game…

Authors: Paul McCann, Alix Lambert

The Ten: Best New Restaurants of 2013

December 27, 2013 | City Eats by Food Network

The past twelve months boasted the most varied and vibrant series of restaurant openings in the modern history of this city… the creme brulee doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken…

By Nevin Martell

Six Dishes: Washington D.C.

November 1, 2013 | Travel + Leisure

Breakfast: Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, line up early at the pint-size shop near the White House for its signature treat, stuffed with vanilla pastry cream and coated with a caramel glaze.

And the best doughnut in D.C. is…

June 25, 2013 | Washingtonpost.com

… the creme brulee doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken…

By Nevin Martell

A Dozen Weeks of Doughnuts, Week 8: Nothing But Donuts and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

May 15, 2013 | Washingtonpost.com

We are two-thirds of the way through our insulin-shocking mission to find the area’s best doughnut. In our first seven weeks, we ate more than 140 of the fried pastries while checking out national chains, local upstarts and longtime neighborhood favorites.

By Nevin Martell

The 23 Hottest Doughnut Shops in America Right Now

May 8, 2013 | Eater DC

Here are 23 of the most buzzed-about specialty doughnut shops across the United States.

By Amy McKeever

Taste Test: Fried Chicken

April 25, 2013 | Washingtonian Best Bites

From Popeyes to BonChon to GBD, we wade through the best and worst Washington has to offer right now.

By Anna Spiegel

Finger Lickin’ Awesome

April 25, 2013 | 7x7 The Travel Issue

Waffles are so five minutes ago. At D.C.’s Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken the classic Southern combo gets a twist with artisanal ingredients — think Valhrona chocolate and Plugra Butter—and wacky flavors including Saigon cinnamon, piña colada, twink-nut, and s’mores…what’ll it be?

Best Places To Get Alternative Wedding Cakes In Washington DC

Sweet, fluffy and finger-linking good are the best adjectives to describe the doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, and your wedding guests will thank you for the opportunity to try them.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Opens in Washington, D.C.

April 8, 2013 | The Daily Mail

D.C.’s donut fever continues with Metro Center shop’s debut.

By Teresa Tobat, Special Contributor

OPENING MONDAY NEAR METRO CENTER: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

April 6, 2013 | POLITICO

After several months of catering and pop-up sales, pastry Chef Jason Gehring, formerly of Fiola…

By Mike Allen

6 funky twists on fried chicken

Though once a staple of Southern cuisine, fried chicken is taking on some decidedly interesting twists.

D.C.’s Most Delicious Doughnut Destinations

April 3, 2013 | Forbes Travel Guide

The lowly doughnut has gotten a makeover in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Correspondent McLean Robbins

5 Things We’re Buzzing About This Week

March 25, 2013 | Southern Living

Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.

By Jessica Stringer

2013’s new and notable restaurants

March 25, 2013 | Washingtonpost.com

The long-awaited Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken opened in a storefront near Metro Center in April.

Metro Center gets clogged in the best ways possible

March 20, 2013 | Thrillist

Astro’s the creation of two childhood friends…

By Leo Schmid

Astro-logical Donuts and Chicken via Elevator

March 13, 2013 | UrbanDaddy

It’s that classic story you’ve heard a thousand times…

Move over, cupcakes! There’s a new food frenzy in town.

Gourmet doughnuts are hot this year and several businesses are opening shops over the next few weeks.

First Look: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Washington, DC

January 8, 2013 | Serious Eats

Whether or not you’re a fan of savory-sweet combination of fried chicken and doughnuts, 2013 looks like it’s going to be a banner year for it in DC.

By Brian Oh

Getting Gourmet Doughnuts Delivered

December 24, 2012 | UrbanDaddy

Fortunately they’ll bring them to you by the dozen so long as you’re around Metro Center.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

December 14, 2012 | EatMore DrinkMore

There’s a new spot coming to Metro Center in early 2013.

by Jenna

Call Astro or District for Your Donut Fix

December 11, 2012 | Daily Candy Food & Drink

Next year will bring us a couple of brick-and-mortar sugar shacks,  but you can order now for what’s to come.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Announce Location – EVEN BETTER: You can start placing order right now.

November 29, 2012 | Washington Best Bites

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken—the latest venture to join the ultra-ultra-comfort-food trend.

By Anna Spiegel

Astro Dougnuts & Fried Chicken Coming to Metro Center

November 29, 2012 | Washington City Paper

Astro is currently accepting catering orders for those in Metro Center between 9th and 15th streets NW and E and H streets NW.

Where You’ll Find Astro Doughnuts Come January

November 29, 2012 | Eater DC

The restaurant has released its address: 1308 G St. NW. It plans to open its doors in January.

The Ten: Best Doughnuts

November 23, 2012 | City Eats by Food Network

The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer. This time around Nevin Martell tackles Homer Simpson’s favorite food that’s not beer: doughnuts.

5 More Facts About Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

October 29, 2012 | Eater DC

On the heels of Astro’s opening announcement, Eater DC highlights five unknown facts about Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken.

Coming up: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, with an assist from former Washington Capitals player Jeff Halpern

October 26, 2012 | Washingtonport.com

Washington Post dining critic, Tom Sietsema, previews details of Astro Doughnut & Fried Chicken.