DC-3 Opens Wednesday

written by Amanda on 11/08/2010

The Chicago 7 dog at DC-3.
Photo courtesy DC-3.

The team behind Matchbox and Ted's Bulletin will unveil their latest concept this week on Capitol Hill. Dishing up some 17 types of regional hot dogs, from DC to New York to Tuscon and Chicago, DC-3 is slated to open its doors Wednesday at 423 Eighth St. SE.

Named after the 1940s Douglas Commercial airplane — check out the massive vintage propeller on the wall — the new hot dog joint rounds up some of the classic preparations from around the country. There's the DC half smoke, the New Jersey bacon-wrapped ripper, the Chicago 7 with pickles and tomatoes, and even a version of the standard New York dirty water dog.

And then there's the not so classic. The Bay Bridge pretzel dog nods to the mid-Atlantic with crab dip heaped on the hot dog. (I'm all for new traditions like this one.) The Arkansas Razorback Red cheese and bacon dog is topped with chili, coleslaw, onions and fried pickle chips, and the Q's Seoul Bulgogi & Kimchi combines an Angus beef dog with marinated rib-eye bulgogi and kimchi.

Some of the buns are coming from local bakeries Lyon and Heidelberg.

Paying homage to its big brother Matchbox and the pizza restaurant's ever-popular mini burgers served in orders of three, six and nine, DC-3 will sell mini hot dogs in orders of two, four and six.

For dessert, I got a sample of the fluffy cotton candy they were testing this weekend — the sweet will be spun right at the counter. The playful menu also includes soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt (chocolate dipped if you please).

DC-3 also has its own language spelled out behind the counter that regulars will want to learn. My favorite is "fire it up" for add Sriracha. Yes, please.

DC-3 will open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.