all photos: Jeff Martin
No matter which way you flip it there are probably three things DC food consumers will agree on:
- Our fair city is a sushi tundra
- An average meal on 14th street will set you back $30+ per person (and that is before drinks and oysters and view surcharges and location tax and whatever else) and that is probably not a sustainable life plan for the average human
- THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE TO EAT LUNCH AROUND HERE IF IT IS NOT DOWNTOWN
So, in one fell swoop, Maki Shop, the latest addition to 14th streets dining universe is looking to change DC’s status on all three of those issues: it offers affordable (not a single thing on the menu is over $6), high quality, highly customizable maki hand rolls, in a prime corner position across from Estadio, with sides and soups and snacks too, and is open BOTH for lunch and for dinner.
Brought to us by the team behind the (not forgotten) Kushi and Black Whiskey, the concept also makes a strong commitment to avoiding any and all of the pitfalls of the pre-packaged sushi we all have grown to know (and love to hate). The rolls are made on site: a high-tech rice mixer cooks and seasons the grains which then, according to the customer’s choice paired with any of the fillings on offer (bonus: sure there are classic choices here but also: beef short rib rolled with kimchi and pork shoulder maki, as well as wasabi scallops and curry chicken served with Asian Pear and pickled radish, plus some inspired vegetarian choices). These are then sealed in plastic, one at a time, with a sheet of nori packaged on the outside, ensuring freshness.
The key though is to still eat them fast, ensuring that the seaweed stays crisp and fresh. Go on, try it.
Maki Shop is open for lunch and dinner at 1522 14th street NW. NOW.