Sass and the City

The Tombs: A Review

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Behold: The Tombs, a Georgetown classic and favorite. Literally on the main campus’s edge, The Tombs was founded in 1962 and remains a popular spot for native Georgetowners, students, and tourists alike. It’s a tradition for Georgetown students to go to The Tombs at midnight when they turn 21, where they receive a stamp on their forehead and party all night.

On GAAP weekend (accepted students’ weekend in the spring before your new class’s first fall semester) I went with my mom and loved it. Since then, I’ve been a handful of times and love The Tombs. It’s mostly American food with some twists, with limited healthy options. Basically, when you go you’re either celebrating something or wallowing in self-pity. That is, unless, you have no qualms about eating burgers, shakes, and fries oftenish. The following review is on a sampling of items that a good girl friend of mine and I shared to wallow in self-pity.

Name: The Tombs

Location: 1226 36th Street NW (Washington, D.C.)

Time: 7:30 pm on Saturday

Orders: Vegetarian nachos ($11.65), fried mozzarella ($8.65), vegetarian chili fries ($?), chocolate milkshake (priceless… just kidding, it’s $4.95), jumbo lump crab cake sandwich ($16.95)

Review: Few things parallel the loveliness of eating your feelings. That’s why The Tombs carbextravaganza hit the spot. The vegetarian nachos (our waiter was sympathetic enough to our dietary restrictions to use meatless chili) were amazing. They achieved that ideal crunchy chip yet gooey cheese standard of excellence that proves so rare in nachos everywhere. The fried mozzarella was also delicious with a crunchy, textured breading and soft, melting mozzarella. The vegetarian chili fries (same chili as in the nachos) were pretty good, but weren’t the highlight of the meal. Maybe I was already disgusted at my lack of self-control and didn’t fully savor the saturated, sodium-ridden goodness of the fries. The chocolate milkshake… Well, words can’t really capture their wonder. All I can say is you can’t be within the 20057 zip code and not have a Tombs milkshake. I didn’t order the crab cake sandwich, but I can assure you that my friend loved it.

Rating: 4.5/5

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