They’re almost always worse than the original.
And they almost always lack a 40-foot bar made from a shipping container.
Yep, that old saying.
Well, consider this the exception that proves the rule: Smith Public Trust, a new, more taverny follow-up from the Smith Commons team, now open in Brookland.
First step: enter this place. Second step: take note of the quirky, almost Baltimore-esque scenery—leather couches, a church pew, three stands of bleachers across from a projection screen. If you’re thinking this would be a good spot to catch USA-Germany on Thursday, you’d be right.
Then, grab a seat at that 40-foot bar fashioned from a shipping container. End that thirstiness you’re feeling with an Old Fashioned made with Bulleit rye and aged Zacapa rum. Or maybe a cold beer. (Co-owner Miles Gray runs DC Beer Week, so you’re in good hands.)
When you get hungry, dive recklessly into the menu: coconut green curry mussels, red velvet waffles with fried chicken and street tacos loaded with Dominican-style pork.
So much better than non-Dominican-style pork.