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Chief Ike's Mambo Room, Adams Morgan - Late-Night Dive Bar on Columbia Road With an Ambitious Menu - Closed Mar 29, 2015


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I had an hour to kill this evening, so I stopped into Chief Ike's for a couple of beers. I haven't been there in years, and I think then only on (hectic) weekend nights. The place was empty early in the evening, and I noticed an extraordinary smell coming from ... somewhere. So, thinking I may come back some night for some wings or rings of some such, I picked up the menu next to me and took a look.

Salmon burgers ($don't remember)
Apple-glazed cornish game hens ($13)
Pizza with roasted garlic, caramelized onion, sausage, and mushroom ($14)

Not on the menu was a special of tri-tip with sauteed mushrooms and roasted potatoes that looked gorgeous.

Wha? This is a dive joint, right? I regret that I didn't have the time to partake this evening, but have any of you enjoyed the fare at Chief Ike's? Is it as good as it sounds? The price is amazing; the product is promising; the vision is inspiring and admirable.

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I went for a post-midnight Chief Ike's beer tonight, getting a PBRĀ ($3) and a Famosa ($3), enjoying the beers on their patio. The bartender was as friendly as could be on a slow night, not even asking us for a card when we went outside.

No food, no nothing; just good service and low-key fun.

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