It's not easy to name a sausage company. The chances of bad puns and innuendos, as you might imagine, are pretty high. So when husband-wife team Scott McIntosh and Ana Marin first launched their sausage company three years ago, they named it 13th Street Meats after the street where they live. Dodge City, American Ice Company, Boundary Stone, and others all carried their products. But now that they've expanded the operation to their own shop at 247 Florida Ave. NW, the name doesn't quite fit. "I don't know anything about branding, but I know that that's 3rd Street," McIntosh says pointing out the door, "and if we're 13th Street Meats, it's just going to be confusion until the end."
So they've switched to another equally straightforward name: Meats & Foods.
The small shop opened quietly last week with a menu that's as simple as the name. For now, there are only six sausage sandwiches—all $6 each—with add-ons like beef chili, cheese, or Gordy's pickles. The half-smoke is so far the top seller, but the veggie dog made with seitan, veggie stock, soy sauce, olive oil, and beans has been a surprise favorite.
$10 for a sausage sandwich AND a beer? Not bad.
Meats & Foods is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 9 p.m.
Meats & Foods, 247 Florida Ave. NW; (202) 505-1384; meatsandfoods.com
Photo by Jessica Sidman