The Tune Inn, on the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, is a fantastic Capitol Hill bar, maybe the best. Greasy, but fantastic food, pitchers of beer and divey decor complete the scene, which is generally stocked with middle-aged drunks and political graf in the bathroom. Plus, food is served past midnight.
So what’s the problem? Perhaps you’ve heard of Guy Fieri, the annoying and ridiculous-looking host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” the addictive Food Network show that will inspire a hunger in the most bloated diner.
Well, blondie visited The Tune Inn in the spring, and the night bartender who served me many a gravy fry told me Sunday the episode is set to run in September. In support of this national exposure, the floor has been redone and the menu has been changed. The new dossier has a bunch of new Outback-style dishes (Beer-battered burger), a polished look with pictures of the food (the previous menu was a laminated, stained piece of paper) and Guy Fieri’s favorites noted. The bartender definitely tossed around the words “Applebee’s” and “dollar signs.”
The good news: The food is still good. The new French Dip was keeping it good and greasy at only $8, and the stalwart Patty Melt keeps trucking. The bad news: Natty Boh and Busch have been replaced on tap by more mainstream brews and only PBR is holding down the garbage beer scene. Worse, a pitcher of PBR is $13.
The bartender noted his worry the bar would lose its boozy scene and begin catering to tourists, like this wretched cupcake business in G-Town and Ben’s Chili Bowl. The jury will be out until the September run on the Food Network. If you want to keep the grease to yourself, you only have a few days of privacy. Oh, and that $20 might not be enough for the night anymore.