Hi, my name is Lisha and I’m a doughnut-holic. They always say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I didn’t even realize I had one until they knew me by name at GBD…only 5 days after it opened in Dupont Circle.
The acronym stands for “Golden Brown Delicious,” an ode to the addictive fried chicken and doughnuts that dominate the menu. However, it might as well be the name of a new street drug; instead of snorting it, just rub the different glazes and dipping sauces on your gums. This is what rock-bottom looks like.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, GBD offers an array of mouthwatering flavors created by Tiffany McIsaac and Kyle Bailey, the team behind Birch & Barley. Head over to the adorable throwback shop and taste these items while they’re still legal (we’ll probably run into each other):
- You can order a doughnut anytime, and the yeast-risen ones are dense, chewy, and perfectly encased in glaze. The apple fritter and the classic ($2.25) both have that intoxicating brioche aroma; the former is laced with fresh apple compote while the latter is a serious fried-to-order upgrade to the Krispy Kreme across the street.
- For a delightful morning pick-me-up, try the fried chicken biscuit ($3.25) served only during breakfast hours. A hearty thigh piece is sandwiched between a sweet potato biscuit, producing a sweet and savory combination that’s a stroke of genius.
- The lunch menu is of simple comfort, and the drum and thigh lunchbox ($8) is a must-have. The crisp and tender chicken falls right off the bone, and comes with Kohlrabi slaw and (sadly) only 1 crème fraiche biscuit that melts right in your mouth. The mumbo sauce is worth the extra 65¢, adding some tang to an already feisty meal.
- The roasted garlic smashed potatoes ($2 as meal add-on, $3.50 alone) is one of the best sides that GBD has to offer, and makes you wonder why there is no garlic mandate on all mashed potatoes everywhere.
- As if fried chicken thighs couldn’t get any more interesting, the fried chicken bao ($4.25) is ridiculously good and an innovative goldmine on an otherwise unsurprising dinner menu. Topped with pickled veggies, it’ll have you singing that sassy new Beyonce song.
GBD also has a fully-stocked bar and is open late-night, appropriate (or dangerous) for dealing with any addictions you have. See the full menu here.
Photos by Lisha Yates
1323 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Lisha grew up in her potty-mouthed grandma’s soulful kitchen, asked for a bread-maker on her 11th birthday, loves whiskey and once ate a whole spit-roasted guinea pig in Ecuador. Lisha has been a GMF contributor since 2011, and now lives in Oakland, CA, where the intersection of food, identity, and community has sparked her interest in sustainable and equitable dining. When she’s not working as a finance professional and dance instructor, Lisha is side-hustling as a biscuit entrepreneur.