With kitschy Alice in Wonderland photos adorning the walls, Madhatter really is a trip into a foreign , underground (literally, it’s in a basement) world–one that’s affordable, and fun in the midst of stuffy and overpriced bars. While the menu stays true to greasy treats (buffalo wings, chicken tenders, and nachos), the Hatter also offers classic salad choices and homey blue-plate specials. Be sure to order the fries, though: they’re surprisingly light and crispy, and don’t even need ketchup. Spend your drunken, after-work hours taking advantage of half-priced appetizers and $2.50 rail, house wine and daily changing beer specials.
For: A less trippy trip to Wonderland.
Entrees: $7-$18. 202-833-1495. 1831 M St, NW (Dupont Circle)
Originally in the Onion – AV Club / DC local edition