I just got back from my first experience at The Standard, in the old Garden District space at 14th and S. I was expecting it to be jam-packed, and I wasn't disappointed. Most of their seating is outside, but we came inside as there seemed no prayer of getting seats out there. Inside there are a few seats and a small bar. I got two beers at the bar (Hefeweizen) and we sat down in there. This place is most definitely not for people who can't stand crowds. As the weather gets warmer, this place will only get more and more crowded.
Eventually, my friend went back up to the bar to place our food order. He had to wait maybe 10-15 minutes to get the bartender's attention. Given that, the food came out sooner than I expected, maybe because we were seated inside. We ordered a pulled pork and a BBQ brisket sandwich, hush puppies and onion rings. The onion rings and hush puppies were both WONDERFUL. The large hush puppies had a very crunchy, crispy exterior, but they weren't greasy at all. The inside was almost fluffy and perfect. The onion rings were the best I've had in ages. Not only was the breading delicious, but the onions were thick and not overcooked; I really felt like there were onions in there. I'm always ordering onion rings in places and being disappointed, so this was a real find. Both were piping hot when they emerged from the kitchen. But the sandwiches...the pulled pork (served with slaw) was very good, but the brisket was much better. I LOVED this sandwich! An excellent bun, moist and perfect meat...I was in heaven. And the beer was perfect with it.
Now the bad news...the price. All of this cost about $45, which I think is a lot for two small to medium-sized sandwiches, two beers, onion rings and hushpuppies. But still...in that neighborhood, for that quality of food, I'll definitely go back. Only next time I'll try to get there about a half hour before they open to try to get a seat outside.
What a great addition to this neighborhood!
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