Photos By Clarissa Villondo, Words By Brandon Wetherbee
RIP, Zoo Bar. You served a purpose. But you smelled like stale cigarettes and your drinks were overpriced and you were falling apart.
Hello, Duke’s Counter.
We included the new Duke’s in our Least Douchey Bars of 2016 roundup because of the quality drinks and welcoming atmosphere. Here’s what we said:
Duke’s Counter is not smelly or overpriced and not rude to new people. It looks clean and bright and serves the stuff that’s made Duke’s Grocery in Dupont a success.
We recommend the specialty drinks, they’re massive in both size and punch. One of those and a sandwich should be enough for 2.
If you’re going to get a sandwich, order the East Side Brisket. It’s enough for 2, most likely leftovers too if you order fries.
If you’re with a date you don’t mind making a mess in front of, get the Cod and Chips. No need to order fries when fries are part of the sandwich.
If you’re trying to feed a gaggle of teenagers, get the mac and cheese. We split it and I got another 2 meals out of it. All 3 of the aforementioned items aren’t going to be made in your kitchen. The brisket is fantastic, the fried cod is good for people that miss fish and chip and the mac and cheese will satisfy hot or cold. In fact, it packs a more powerful punch the next day.
Like Duke’s Grocery, the quality that’s kept it around for 5 years is present. Unlike the original Duke’s, you’ll be able to get a seat at any hour. With a noon to 7 p.m. happy hour, it’s an even more desirable location.
Duke’s Counter, 3000 Connecticut Ave NW, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.