Most Thursdays, if the weather cooperates, we follow the same routine: Walk home from the office, grab the dog, head to the farmer’s market, order pizzas, get a treat for the pup, drinks from CVS, pick up pizzas, and then pick a spot in the neighborhood for a picnic.
Penn Quarter has great options for pizza and we’ve raved about the Matchbox (713 H ST NW) Spicy Meatball, and Graffiato’s (707 6th ST NW) Porky’s Revenge. But on Thursdays the only pizza on our mind is that from The Red Zebra at the 8th Street Farmer’s Market. We almost always get a standard pizza (sauce/cheese/meat) and a specialty pizza (pesto/farm veggies/fun cheese/etc) and we’ve never been disappointed. We like some of their combos better than others, but overall these small pizzas (which range in price between about $8-$11 each) are outstanding, and the crust is superb. Add in a couple of bottles of sparkling water from CVS (435 8th ST NW) and you have a fun meal, with great people watching at the Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW).
The ladies at The Red Zebra are fantastic, cooking up amazing pizzas while being both friendly and efficient. The only time we’ve ever seen anyone upset with them in when they’ve run out of pizza. We’ve faced that disappointment ourselves, when work has kept us at our desks later than usual.
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t point out our dog’s favorite vendor at the farmers market, Gunpowder Bison & Trading. You’ve never seen a hound so happy as ours when we approach the Gunpowder stand. The guy who mans this booth is as friendly as the ladies at The Red Zebra, and the $10 for a bag of dog treats is money well spent for the (short lived) love from your pup.
This is just our preference (pizza & dog treats), but there are lots of other vendors at the market, of course, and you could combine any number of them to create your own Thursday night tradition.