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  • Estelle Monti

What's New With Dairy in DC?

Hi everyone! I decided to celebrate the end of my dairy cleanse by writing an article about some new dairy in the area. On Friday night, my mom and I went to 14th Street in the middle of DC to pick up some dinner, and this is what we got! (Update: in order to follow the local rules of social distancing, please consider ordering online using a food dashing app to get your food fix while supporting the businesses during this trying time)

1. Chicken+Whiskey

Chicken+Whiskey is an up and coming restaurant that combines Peruvian chicken and 66 kinds of whiskey (that I didn’t sample). Although the restaurant is known for its South American chicken dishes, it has a secret Mac n’ Cheese that my mom forced me to try. The base was a simple mac n cheese noodle with Monterey jack and cheddar cheese. However, there are lots of crazy flavors and toppings added on. The toppings include famous chicken topped with cilantro and lime. The cilantro and lime add a nice zing of flavor! The dish also included a lot of big onion slices which added a different crunchy texture. However, I personally think that onions are disgusting. My mom says that I don’t have an elegant palate, but I think onions have a weird taste and

texture, so they were removed. The best part of the Mac n Cheese was the fried plantain, which I ate separately. Due to my infantile palate, my taste buds didn’t agree with every flavor in the dish, so I basically ate the Mac n Cheese and the chicken separately. Next time I think I’ll stick to Kraft’s mac n cheese.

2. Jeni’s Ice Cream

Although Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream isn’t

a new chain, this was my first time visiting. My family got three standard orders with two scoops in each. In our first cup, we got a scoop of pineapple upside-down cake and a scoop of the orange dream. The orange cream was creamy and smooth and tasted a lot like… orange. The pineapple flavor has a vanilla base with swirls of sweet pineapple flavoring and small chunks of cake. I’m one of those people who thinks that fruit doesn’t belong in dessert, so I was a bigger fan of the next two flavors. Our next order was a scoop of Blackout Chocolate Cake and the Salted Peanut Butter. The Chocolate cake had pieces of chocolate,

pieces of fudge, and pieces of cake with a dark chocolate base. By itself, the chocolate was too strong for me, but with a bite of Salted Peanut Butter, it is a great combination of sweet and salty. The Salted Peanut Butter also had small chunks of chocolate, which added yummy texture. I let my mom choose the last flavors, and I had to beg her to not try the goat cheese. She finally chose Brambleberry Crisp and the Gooey Butter Cake. I liked the chunks of cake in both flavors, and I liked the

buttery flavor, but the tart “brambleberry” flavor was a little too much for me, and I don’t think a brambleberry is even a real thing. I also must recommend trying the pieces of waffle cone. Next time, I might just get a cone by itself.

Although my mom recommends the Chicken+Whiskey, the dessert was the highlight of my evening, and I highly recommend a trip to Jeni’s!

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