Reuben, Malt & Mash

Illustration by Serene Lusano

Despite being billed as an Irish pub, Malt & Mash’s food menu isn’t really Irish—unless you count Guinness beer-battered things as central to the cuisine. Still, Malt & Mash’s eclectic, comfort-food-meets-straight-up-bar-grub appeals in both a sober and I’m-drunk-please-get-grease-in-me kind of way. For example, the Reuben ($13) is stuffed with house-smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and, for a twist, kimchi. The flavors are huge, though the rye can’t hold up to all the drippings. In other words, scarf it down. 715 K Street,