Eat here: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Washington, D.C.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G St NW, Washington DC

It’s been a cold, grey, miserable day in Washington DC, our first of two days in the city. We spent the day exploring the National Mall and surrounds, but the rain picked up around lunch time, putting the kibosh on our sightseeing for a little while. Pretty sure that was the universe telling us to go get fried chicken and donuts.

I’d heard good things about these guys, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately, they’re only a small shopfront set up with no indoor seating, so we pulled up a table and chairs just undercover and out of the rain to enjoy our lunch – the first part of which was a box of fried chicken.

We ordered 8 pieces, being used to Melbourne’s undersized and overpriced portions, and we’re shocked to receive a huge take away box containing what equated to a FULL chicken (2 wings, 2 breasts, 2 thighs and 2 drumsticks). Best fried chicken I’ve ever dug my teeth into; the chicken itself was perfectly white and succulent and juicy, the coating was genuinely crunchy and crispy and amazingly seasoned. We didn’t get through it all, so if you’re visiting, don’t make our mistake and over order!

After the chicken came the donut portion of the afternoon; luckily I ordered only one (I ordered it all at the same time, figuring if it was only a small serve of chicken I could go back for the second donut later). I was tossing up between the PB&J and the Maple Bacon, but the guys said the PB&J was their favourite so I went with that. Definitely one of the better PB&J donuts I’ve had and very different in that it wasn’t a whole filled piece of dough; it was traditional donut shaped with the hole in the middle, yet still filled with the most delicious strawberry jelly (not too sweet, just right). The crushed peanuts on top were a really nice touch, too.

All up, couldn’t fault this place – perfect fried chicken, top notch donut, really lovely staff, we need this in Melbourne!

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