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Carry-out critic Crystal Fernanders Credit: Courtesy of Crystal Fernanders

The Carry-out critic is City Paper‘s recurring restaurant review column focusing on D.C.’s rich carry-out culture. While the featured restaurants can have a couple of seats for eating meals while they’re piping hot, we’re celebrating businesses that focus exclusively on takeout. DMV native Crystal Fernanders will guide you to the carry-outs most worth seeking out, helping you find the best takeout and best carry-out in and around D.C.

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The Carry-Out Food Critic Finds Korean BBQ Pizza and Pork Belly in Brookland

Bangbop is a woman-owned ghost kitchen specializing in modern Korean food.

Bangbop, a ghost kitchen inside the Tastemakers food incubator in Brookland, opened in November 2020. After closing a couple of restaurants in Northern Virginia and Rockville, owner Ji “Jenny” Park and her family scaled back to a more casual model.  A ghost kitchen is a restaurant built for takeout and delivery instead of sit-down service…

The Carry-Out Food Critic Visits MLK Deli in Congress Heights

Owner Tyrone White says he’s planning to open MLK Deli—Seafood in Deanwood in 2022.

Who would’ve thought that one of the best crab cakes in D.C. would be found on the ground floor of a rowhouse in a historic neighborhood? MLK Deli in Congress Heights serves up traditional classics with unique twists. Originally founded in 1986, this popular neighborhood deli reopened in 2017 with new ownership. Tyrone White says…

Introducing City Paper’s Carry-out Food Critic, Crystal Fernanders

Look for her first review in December.

The amount of interest in City Paper’s first ever carry-out critic position told us a couple things. First, we should have done this sooner! We received hundreds of thoughtful applications that contained a few laugh-out-loud lines. Second, there is a tremendous amount of passion for the carry-out restaurants that help give D.C. neighborhoods their vibe…