HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >

Fresh Jalapeno Poppers -- who has the best in DC/NOVA?

alkapal Sep 24, 2007 02:13 PM

Craving the real deal, with different cheese fillings, if possible. Where to go?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. alkapal RE: alkapal Sep 25, 2007 09:19 AM

    I cannot be the only person in the area who loves stuffed jalapenos!

    1. p
      PollyG RE: alkapal Sep 25, 2007 11:02 AM

      I suspect that a lot of restaurants in our area use stock from the freezer. If no one can satisfy your craving for cheese-stuffed jalapenos, you might try the Indian variant.

      Shineys in Annandale is an Indian/Pakistani carry-out with some seating that does a fairly amazing breaded fried pepper. It is cheeseless, and not a jalapeno, but delicious.

      1. chinkleDC RE: alkapal Sep 25, 2007 06:46 PM

        We just make our own... :) We adore jalapeño poppers... Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill is great for them...but I don't know of ANY establishment that makes them fresh. Let me know if you find one. :)

        1. m
          mnadel RE: alkapal Sep 25, 2007 08:57 PM

          I don't know about "fresh" -- but we love them at Hard Times Cafe.

          1. w
            winger1930 RE: alkapal Sep 26, 2007 10:37 AM

            I don't really like them (in general), but they have fresh poppers at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan. Actually, I like a lot of their food there and the location can't be beat.

            2 Replies
            1. re: winger1930
              Jamie D RE: winger1930 Sep 26, 2007 10:55 AM

              Jalapeno poppers used to be the only edible thing at Madam's. now they serve up surprisingly good soul food, big plates at a reasonable price. Sorry I don't have particular recs but a group of us had one dinner there, several different entrees were ordered and it was all good.
              and Redheads still can get 1/2 price draft Rolling Rocks, all day, every day. I know, draft RR is one small step up from water, but you still gotta love the idea

              1. re: Jamie D
                winger1930 RE: Jamie D Sep 26, 2007 01:21 PM

                I was there last night, and I will say their guac was good, creamy with little filler. I had the BBQ chicken which was pretty good - moist and not overcooked. I've always liked their collard greens and fried okra. Their fried chicken was ok, not amazing, but still well done. Ribs were also ok...tender but not fall off the bone and the sauce is good - not too sweet. Oh, and their fried fish was suprisingly good.

                For what it is, I think you nailed it. "Surprisingly good soul food." You wouldn't expect it there, and the food is NOT the draw, but I would say if you make a night of it, you can both EAT and be entertained there.

            2. alkapal RE: alkapal Mar 23, 2012 06:46 AM

              Hottest damn poppers that i've ever eaten -- cowboy cafe in arlington. made right there! they do not seed them nor do they blanch the pepper before breading and frying. these were HOT peppers, and sometimes the waitress says the jalapeños differ (this i know). because there is no blanching, these jalapeño poppers are like just biting into a raw jalapeño. stuffed with cream cheese. wish it were a blend of cheeses. large jalapeños are used (each one is at least 3" long and much thicker than my thumb). whew, just thinking of them makes me sweat.

              1 Reply
              1. re: alkapal
                mookleknuck RE: alkapal Mar 23, 2012 07:47 AM

                That looks AWESOME and I love the cream cheese filling! Thanks for posting this re-up!

              2. Dennis S RE: alkapal Mar 24, 2012 07:17 AM

                I haven't had them myself yet, but Blue Dog BBQ has them on their menu, though at a large portion size. I'm guessing they make them, and with that, that they'd take requests. Give them a call or check them out at Oakton's farmer's market on Saturdays.


                Show Hidden Posts