Elephant and Castle

Rating: ★★★★☆



Butter chicken poutine is genius.

Elephant and Castle is a pub located at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, with an additional location at 900 19th St. NW. It is a British Empire-themed spot with classic pubby decor and nightly specials. When I went with my softball team “tins” aka cans of beer were 25%. A $4 Brooklyn Lager or Sierra Nevada made for a decent deal. Alongside traditional British food, they have a couple of Britishized Indian options, including the ever-popular butter chicken, as well as Carribean jerk chicken. What I found most interesting, however, is that they serve poutine, that delightfully caloric Quebecois specialty of French fries topped with cheese curds and doused in gravy. In some stroke of genius, someone at Elephant and Castle decided to create a butter chicken poutine, which was absolutely delicious and I’m sure extremely fattening. Since we were a large group, we had a whole back room to ourselves. It was nice because it was quiet, but in contrast to the rest of the place, it had an atmosphere more reminiscent of IHOP than a pub. Most casual visitors would have no reason to be seated back there, though.


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