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Washington, D.C. is home to a diverse food scene, but there is more to each dish than what you see on your plate. Join Washingtonians Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam as they taste their way around the District telling stories of city change through its most iconic foods. From WAMU.

Washington, D.C. is home to a diverse food scene, but there is more to each dish than what you see on your plate. Join Washingtonians Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam as they taste their way around the District telling stories of city change through its most iconic foods. From WAMU.
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Washington, D.C. is home to a diverse food scene, but there is more to each dish than what you see on your plate. Join Washingtonians Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam as they taste their way around the District telling stories of city change through its most iconic foods. From WAMU.

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Episodes

Epilogue: A Very D.C. Thanksgiving

11/21/2019
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Surprise! It's a special Thanksgiving episode of Dish City. Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays with a set dinner menu. Despite the obvious dishes, families and friends all over D.C. put their own spin on tradition every year. Patrick and Ruth interview one Washingtonian who tried to make last year's Thanksgiving the most D.C. Thanksgiving ever. Plus: Patrick and Ruth get into the kitchen and cook together for the first time. Recipes: dishcity.org/thanksgiving Follow us on Twitter &...

Duration:00:14:10

Power Lunch

10/24/2019
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From high-powered creatives and business executives in New York, to lawyers and politicians in D.C., the power lunch has long been a staple for the wealthy and powerful. And the classic steakhouse has always been the quintessential setting for these meals. But as more and more young people move to D.C., do power lunches still hold the cachet they once did? And, despite being known as a "steakhouse town" for decades, are D.C.'s steaks still the ultimate "power lunch"? Ruth and Patrick explore...

Duration:00:20:16

Soul Food

10/17/2019
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D.C. has historically been part of the American South. But as D.C.'s population has grown and diversified, its obvious ties to the South are starting to fade. Patrick and Ruth dine at the Florida Avenue Grill and Succotash, and take a detour through local football history, to learn what D.C.'s Southern and Soul Food restaurants tell us about our regional roots. Meet us at Busboys & Poets in Anacostia, October 22, from 6-8 p.m. to discuss this episode and more! Details: dishcity.org/sidedish...

Duration:00:21:16

Pupusas

10/10/2019
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The pupusa is one of the most recognizable dishes in El Salvador and one of the most delicious street foods in the world. It's loved locally and yet restaurants that serve and celebrate just Salvadoran food seem underrepresented in the District. Ruth and Patrick sample local Salvadoran Mexican cuisine from Audi Field, El Tamarindo and Gloria's Pupuseria to figure out how lesser-known immigrant cuisines distinguish themselves in D.C. Meet us at Reliable Tavern, October 15, from 6-8 p.m. to...

Duration:00:20:37

Mumbo Sauce

10/3/2019
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Washingtonians have been pouring blood red, sticky-sweet mumbo sauce over chicken wings and fries for decades. That's why, when the D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said it "annoyed" her and hadn't heard of the sauce until she was an adult, she caused an uproar. What would it mean if mumbo sauce wasn’t even from D.C.? We trace the mysterious origins of D.C.'s choice condiment and consider what it takes to stake a claim on a dish: history or pride? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @dishcity. Join...

Duration:00:17:47

Jumbo Slice

9/26/2019
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Jumbo slice is divisive. A single, floppy slice is longer than most diners' forearms. While it's a favorite among late night partiers, especially in Adams Morgan, it's often derided as "drunk food" and has historically been blamed for all the fights and litter on 18th street on weekends. Ruth and Patrick call on pizza experts near and far to understand why jumbo slice has stood the test of time -- and why it's so beloved. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @dishcity. Join us for our Tuesday...

Duration:00:21:14

Ethiopian Cuisine

9/19/2019
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Ethiopian cuisine is a D.C. mainstay, so when Ruth and Patrick taste "fast-casual Ethiopian" at Union Market, they have questions. What does it mean when a chef tries to put a new spin on dishes that are thousands of years old? We visit a family restaurant that's sticking to tradition, talk to a chef who tried to make the "Rasika of Ethiopian food," and collect some scorching hot takes from perhaps the best-known Ethiopian chef out there, Marcus Samuelsson. Follow us on Twitter and...

Duration:13:54:24

Half-Smokes

9/12/2019
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The half-smoke is the first food that comes to mind when we think about D.C.'s "iconic" foods. But when Ruth and Patrick take a trip to Ben's Chili Bowl, which made the half-smoke famous, Ruth orders a hot dog by mistake and realizes she doesn't really know what a half-smoke is. We take a trip to a sausage factory, hop back in time to 1958 when Ben's Chili Bowl opened and foray into the struggle playing out between old and new D.C. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you're based in the...

Duration:00:18:50

Introducing Dish City

8/20/2019
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A new podcast from WAMU asks what we can learn about Washington, D.C. through its iconic foods. Hosts Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam trek around the city and meet the people eating, making, and fighting for the city's staples. New episodes on Thursdays starting September 12th.

Duration:00:02:15