A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.
Inspire BBQ -- love it!
mostly good, went there for lunch yesterday and found it a bit of drop off from the previous time i'd had lunch there. Like crack i guess? Still, going to give them another chance, It was the peak of lunch hour. They tend to run out of stuff which is a good sign i guess.
They may be good for late night, but don't go there at dinner time. Out of EVERYTHING except fish (which is better at Horace and Dickeys) at 7pm on a weekend night. Oh, and not answering their phones either. Too busy yacking amongst themselves.
i had the opportunity of eating there the food was very good.however they ran out of items that were listed.As a person working in the industry I understand food cost and wanting to make a profit. However,running out of food is a set up for failure.much success
Had the same experience as still hungry. Tried to order dinner at around 7 p.m. on a weeknight, and they were out of everything except fish. It was right after their Groupon came out, so I'll cut them a little slack, but still, an off-putting first experience.
i wonder how often they run out of food vs how many times they have left overs. if they are running out this frequently, i would think they are leaving money on the table. however, maybe the profit margins are small enough that running out from time to time is justified. many other restaurants dont run out so they should probably rethink their calculations, because not only will they miss out on that one sale, but people might stop trying to go there. I stopped going to Taylor for like a year because they never had pork
BBQ must be a tricky cuisine. In a lot of places, food is made to order. Slow roasted pork butt... not so much. I presume they are trying to keep costs down, but at the end of the day, you still need to sell the food on your menu. BBQ places like Rocklands do well because they are high-volume. So if we all just patronize Inspire more, they might stock up more. Catch 22.
Went this weekend and had a plate of pulled chicken w/ two sides. The service was very good as was the food. I'm a tough BBQ critic and pulled chicken is not the easiest meat to get right. I would have liked a bit more chicken for $10, but it was definitely enough to fill me up so that's a minor complaint.
Went there about a month ago. It was ok, at best. I find the bbq at the Tender Rib during the farmer's market at RFK to be much better and the portion to be much larger. Inspire BBQ, frankly, seemed to be missing inspiration.
The owner sent me a well intentioned email so I'm going to give them another try and report back.
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