Pork sandwich at American Ice Company

Last week, in the midst of the glorious warm weather (sigh, are you missing that?),  a few friends and I went to American Ice Company (10th and V Street) for the first time. The place was understandably crowded given their large outdoor space: they also have a garage like window that they opened up, so that even if you were sitting inside you felt like you were outside as well.

We snatched a table and ordered some beers: they have a nice selection of pretty affordable choices (but Guinness is $8 there – what?). I’m pretty sure our waitress used to bartend at the Gibson, I’ve had her a few times and she was excellent, so the bar for service was set high. Unfortunately, it wasn’t met – she had trouble hearing our orders because it was so loud, and for some reason didn’t write anything down. I ended up getting charged for a beer I didn’t order and we had to correct that. Certainly, at a more down-home place like American Ice Company the service shouldn’t be on par with the Gibson, but I was a bit disappointed.

We also ordered some food: pork sandwiches, the turkey plate, chili con queso, and of course the pickle platter (if you know me well you know I love pickles). The barbeque style food was good, but didn’t blow any of us away. I might be from Massachusetts, but I think I know barbeque pretty well and while the ‘que was good I imagine it’s not going to draw barbeque enthusiasts in.

Overall, American Ice Company is a fun place to meet for a few beers and food, but it gets crowded pretty fast and I’ve heard is intolerable during weekends, unfortunately like most of our bars in the U Street area.

American Ice Company, old Google Maps photo

Their name and the day they are opening are very appropriate: it’s so freaking cold outside. American Ice Company (Vermont/V), the bar/BBQ joint from the Hilton brothers of Marvin, etc. will be opening Thursday Wednesday. Thanks for commenter Katie for pointing me in the direction of this TBD article that quotes the owner as changing the date to Thursday. If you stop by, let me know how it is in the comments.

American Ice Company, old Google Maps photo

I haven’t covered this soon-to-open business as well as I’d have liked, so here is an update. American Ice Company, coming from the Hilton brothers of Marvin, Patty Boom Boom etc. fame, will be a barbeque and beer joint at V and Vermont.

American Ice Company will have a fairly large outdoor seating area, which lead some area residents to complain about potential noise issues.

Prince of Petworth has photos of the interior. It looks pretty nice, with a warehouse, eclectic vibe.

Fireworks from my roof

Fireworks from my roof

Hope you had a safe, fun fourth. After eating some killer barbecue and drinking some beer, I spent hours up on my building’s roof watching the skyline full of fireworks. DC really is the city to be at on the fourth. My attempts to take pictures weren’t 100% successful but I had a good time. What did you do for the fourth?