Named for the narrow, three-story-tall matchbox-resembling space the eatery first inhabited, Matchbox was immediately so popular that it soon expanded to this Chinatown location and added many other Matchboxes throughout the area, including one on Barracks Row (521 8th St. SE). Locals love the thin-crust pizzas cooked in 900°F wood-fired brick ovens (try the fire + smoke with smoked gouda and chipotle purée), the appetizer of mini burgers on toasted brioche topped with onion “straws” (skinny fried onion strands), the fried chicken Cobb salad, and entrees like the pan-seared salmon. Saturday and Sunday bottomless brunch are big, too.