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) and in the U and 14th Street Corridors (1901 14th St. NW). Locals love the thin-crust pizzas cooked in 900 degree F wood-fired brick ovens (try the spicy meatball with crispy bacon and crushed red pepper), the appetizer of mini burgers on toasted brioche topped with onion “straws” (skinny fried onion strands), the fried chicken cob salad, and entrees like the pan-roasted salmon. Saturday and Sunday brunch are big, too.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
713 H St. NW (btw. 7th and 8th sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Penn Quarter Hours Mon–Thurs 11am–10:30pm; Fri 11am–11:30pm; Sat 10am–11:30pm; Sun 10am–10:30pm Transportation Metro: Gallery Place–Chinatown (H and 7th sts. exit) Phone 202/289-4441 Prices Main courses $18–$32; pizzas and sandwiches $11–$23; brunch $9–$16 Cuisine Type Pizza/American Web site Matchbox Other Reservations accepted