Grand Trunk (GT) is one of the oldest and longest roadways in the world that connects south asia to central asia. With its impressive location in the heart of Washington, D.C. by Penn Quarter and the White House, this Pakistani restaurant is worth a trip out. After several trips to Grand Trunk, I’ve got my order down – a classic mango lassi, waffle fries, and a fried chicken naan burger with a side of mango chutney. Imagine the softest fried chicken between a toasty naan bread drizzled with fun condiments. The mango lassi is sweet and refreshing, but could also serve as a dessert.

Other family favorites? They have a kid’s option! Cheese naan, waffle fries, and a beverage. My husband’s favorite? Lahori chicken curry cooked with ginger, garlic, tomatoes, cumin and crushed coriander with a bowl of brown or white rice or the classic Grank Trunk Naan Burger made with beef.

After many visits, the quality of the food remains. Mentioning the food is certainly important when talking about a food spot, but not addressing the décor would be an injustice. While known as a “casual dining spot” in Washington, D.C., perfect for a quick and delicious lunch, the experience is opulent. From the brown and red exterior, branded lighting, plasma tv’s to a slew of swarovski crystal chandeliers and nail-studded leather furniture, the description “grand” or “grandiose” would be accurate.

This is a family-run business with delicious food, quick and great service. The outdoor seating makes it an easy sell for a warm day in the city. I plan to take a long nap on the massive futon outside the next time out.

Grand Trunk | 641 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 | M-S: 11 AM – 10 PM