Do you love meatballs? Well you might want to stop by at the Meatball Shop in DC. It’s in a cool hip area downtown on 14th street.
The meatball shop back story:
Co-owners Daniel Hozman and Michael Chernow at first weren’t the best of friends but became friends because of their mothers. Over time they built a friendship as well as a partnership. After some time, they came up with an idea to have some sort of restaurant. In 2010, the meatball shop was born; from there they’ve opened other locations in NYC on the lower and upper east side, Williamsburg, and Washington D.C. As you know, meatballs are the #1 staple for American/Italian food. Daniel and Michael believe that it’s easy to make meatballs and that “anyone can make meatballs” especially in their own home. Honestly, who doesn’t like a good meatball!
Eight years later, still going strong by focusing on the core of their restaurant which is customer satisfaction they are continuing to build a culture that improves the way they do business. It’s hard to deny that The Meatball Shop has evolved as one of the NYC staples.
The restaurant atmosphere:
Now, if you go into the meatball shop in DC the atmosphere is friendly and you’ll feel right at home. It’s one of the best place to hang out with your gals friends for good ole brunch or even happy hour! The hostess and waiter are fun and bubbly making your experience worthwhile. The interior is nice, clean, and all about the wood with hardwood floors and accent wood around the restaurant. The host immediately greets you right at the door and seats you in a nice sitting area. Like I said you’ll feel right at home!
The food and desserts:
Now let’s get to the nitty gritty…the food. As it was my first experience, the waiter walked me through the menu I could build my meatball bowl so there was a variety of options to choose from. The menu is broken up in a way that makes it easy for you to build your meatball. You can either choose a meatball ..it’s basically “what are you in the mood for?” You can choose from a variety of meatball dishes either a classic to pesto dish with a side of vegetable, bread or spaghetti. Whether you like your food hot or mild they can provide you with an option of a side of spicy pepper to add to your dish. For my dish, I choose a classic meatball with a tomato sauce and a side of broccoli, spaghetti, and bruschetta. The meatballs were cooked just right and had a nice texture that melts into your mouth. The taste was flavorful with enough tomato sauce on my meatballs. The presentation of the food was clean and well prepared. It was super yummie!!!
I couldn’t resist…before my meal I got an appetizer of six mozz ball (fried cheese balls) with a sweet tomato sauce it was so yummie! That sauce is really on point. Then for my drink, I decide to get a cocktail called fool-aid punch; it honestly tasted like grape juice with a splash of alcohol. My friend Toyin Harris from “the curvey cookie” ordered a slider trio with half vegetarian and half meat. The appetizer is just enough to fill you up, if you’re in the Mood for something light and small.
For dessert we had the special, hazelnut ice cream sandwiched between chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies which were soft and chewy. Can I tell you I was in heaven? It was the right dessert to complete my meal. The ice cream is creamy and decadent that will melt right in your mouth. It was simple but yet the best dessert I’ve had in a long time!
Photographer: Carlton Hart
All-in-all I had a great time and found a new spot to share with my friends and family. I enjoyed my dish, the classic meatball! I hope to go back to the meatball shop again!
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