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Jun 6, 2008 02:44 PM

Matchbox in D.C. - Chinatown

You've got to go to Matchbox in Chinatown. Went last was incredible.

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  1. Uh, been there. Way too loud. Food is just okay, but if you like a restaurant where you have to scream above the din to communicate with your companions, this is the place for sure.

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    1. re: BigEats

      It's nice on weekdays at 5, then goes downhill.

      1. re: chowsearch

        There's a fine line between "hip and vibrant" and "having to scream until blood flies out of your throat." Matchbox rides that razor's edge. Don't think the mini burgers are worth having to eat a bag of throat lozenges.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          LOL. I didn't think the food was worth the effort to even find parking near that area.

    2. 4 years ago called and wants their thread back :) j/k It is very good there, but the wait time is insane. to me its not worth it for good burgers and decent pizzas. I think they are opening another one in DC sometime in the near future as well.

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      1. re: elegantelliot

        They are opening one on 8th Street in Eastern Market. I work a street down and walked by the Matchbox 3-6-9 van today. I keep peaking in since I thought they were opening it soon, but it still seems like they have a looooong way to go. The interior is more or less gutted at this point.

        It will be a good attention to this neighborhood, especially since I'm totally bored with our lunch options.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Popeye's and 7-11 wearing out the welcome?

          I'm with you on that one E, and if you stroll down 7th by the Mormons and look across the alley and parking lot - there seems to be something happening roof-wise (terrace?!).

          still waiting to see what happens with the former District Lock space.

          what was in the space Matchbox is taking over? - nobody in the last 8 years could ever give a clear answer. not even the local artist that had work displayed in the window.

          1. re: hill food

            I was told it was a "storage facility" of some sort....storing what? I don't know.

            There is also possibly a new restaurant opening up way down 8th, right across from the Barracks. It's almost right next to my office. It's a little confusing because there are those big DC govt liquer license and construction type posters up. But right above that is some sort of "For Lease" sign. So who knows if a restaurant will ever go in.

            I also heard Tapatinis got a make over.

      2. Despite all the criticism you got, I think you are right. I often get lunch here as there isn't a wait for lunch, but the mini-burgers and pizza are great, and they have good, fun mixed drinks. And I have only found it really noisy on the bottom floor and the mid-level floor on the left, if you are upstairs it really isn't bad. Then again, noisy places don't bother me that much at all, I come from a huge family, I am used to it.

        1. I agree with the criticisms of Matchbox. I went on a weeknight with a friend for dinner, and the wait was substantial (30-45 min?). The music is moderate volume, but the interior choice of materials makes the place an echo chamber, so it gets noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation (even for those with no hearing problems). I had the pizza, which was ok but not remarkable. I think the pizza's appeal is supposed to be that it's wood fired.

          1. Matchbox is great for what is, fun and lively, with decent food. If you don't want to wait, don't go there around happy hour. It definitely has a party vibe to it. A restaurant can't help if it is busy, so I'm not sure if I understand the criticsm.

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            1. re: rappel75

              no one goes there anymore anyway, its too crowded!

              1. re: elegantelliot

                Well someone must be going there :)

                1. re: Elyssa

                  its an old yogi berra quote, i was trying to be funny :)

                    1. re: elegantelliot

                      Ahhh gotcha. I swear I have a sense of humor :)