Hawk ‘n’ Dove: One Nation Under Food

Hawk ‘n Dove
329 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

Hours of Operation
Sun – Thurs 10am to 2am
Fri – Sat 10am to 3am

Partisan politics may stifle Congress but, a few short blocks away, donkeys and elephants graze in perfect harmony. Since 1967, Hawk ‘n’ Dove has been serving good eats and spirits to District residents and Capitol Hill staffers.

Advertised as “DC’s oldest Irish bar”, the restaurant has a cozy feel. The walls are decorated with antiques and other nostalgic items including pictures of presidents past, 19th century newspaper clippings, and bumper stickers from political campaigns over the decades.

Although politicos and their staff have been known to dine at Hawk ‘n’ Dove, abandon all notions you may have of a high brow establishment. The restaurant is uber relaxed and caters to the sensibilities of the common man. You’d be totally appropriate to walk in with jeans and sneaks.

Hawk ‘n’ Dove has a full bar and is popular for its beers. They offer 16 different selections, 11 of which are draft.

The food is good; as good as can be expected for a moderately priced pub. However, there is one item on the menu that wins by a landslide! The famous Hawk ‘n’ Dove Crab Reuben is delicious. Made with lump crab, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and rye-bread, the beauty of the taste is in its simplicity. The sandwich is served with French fries (potato skin on), coleslaw and a slice of pickle. Even one with a small appetite is guaranteed to clean the plate when one’s meal is the Hawk ‘n’ Dove Crab Reuben. FYI, the New Castle brown ale washes it down perfectly.

Campaign poster for Woodrow Wilson.

Beer Samples (L to R) New Castle, Yuengling, Harp

Crab Rueben, French fries (w/ Malt Vinegar), coleslaw & pickle.


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2 Responses

  1. LashawnJohnson 01. Sep, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Nice, I like how you write, you make my taste buds wanna go & check out @Hawk ‘n’ Dove! PS. Its OK 2 cheat a lil bit LOL!

  2. Ajani Truth 08. Sep, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    This site has put me onto yet another restaurant. This is perfect for just a casual night. Definitely going to try the crab Rueben.

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