I’m clearly a food cart convert, but there are some days when you want your hot dog to come from a place with a front door. Enter DC-3. From the folks behind Matchbox, the newest edition to Barracks Row is all hot dog, all the time. The dogs are all based on regional favorites, from the classic Chicago 7 (all-beef, poppy seed bun, tomato, pickle, relish, onions, peppers and mustard) to the not-so-classic Q’s Seoul Bulgogi & Kimchi (beef dog, Frankfurt loaf, rib-eye bulgogi and pickled kimchi). The menu even includes a nod to the D.C.-area with the Bay Bridge Pretzel Dog, an all-beef dog on a pretzel roll, slathered with crab dip and Old Bay.
The restaurant’s moniker comes from the plane of the same name, and the owners make sure you know it’s not a coincidence. Not only is there a giant DC-3 propeller hung on the wall, the menu is designed to look like an airline ticket. Unfortunately you won’t get any frequent flyer miles while you’re there, but who needs a free upgrade when you’ve got fancy hot dogs, right?