The dream you: tableside as Roberto Donna whips up your elaborate multicourse dinner at Laboratorio del Galileo.
The real you: lucky to catch a glimpse of the guy who makes your falafel sandwich at Moby Dick’s House of Kabob.
Don’t despair. While you wait for a big bonus (or a big spender) to bankroll your restaurant hopping, tide yourself over with Galileo’s gourmet hot dogs, sausages, and pulled pork sandwiches.
Chef Donna may spend his nights dishing out duck liver custard and lobster risotto at his four-star institution, but every few weeks he spends the afternoon grilling up delish (and affordable) chow outside on 21st Street. For less than you’d likely spend at the corner deli’s salad bar, you can feast on a massive meatball sammie, a heaping pork shoulder sub topped with garlicky broccoli rabe, or even a jumbo pizza slice.
There’s one catch: You have to be on a list to know when he’ll be out. But any aspiring epicurean can get on: Just sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Galileo will send you a friendly notice about the next grill-a-thon a few days in advance.
You know, so you’ll have time to save up.
Galileo Restaurant, 1110 21st Street NW, between L and M Streets (202-293-7191).