Big Sushi: A Review of Buredo!

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Note: Bonjour to the regular readers of Confetti Casserole! My name is Rachel Emmons and I am Abby's younger sister. I will be filling in for her while she is on hiatus.

I don't know how to do crafts (if you don't count macaroni art) and I can only make food that can be cooked in a microwave*. However, only a short Metro ride away from my college lies the nation's capitol, and a curious restaurant named Buredo. This is a story about that restaurant.


If it weren’t on bustling 14th Street NW, Buredo could be called a hole in the wall. There is only one long table and one serving station. Yet the good press has spread, so there is one considerate marker to delineate where the line should begin. When my party and I arrived, there were about a dozen people in front of us in line. Apparently something called fall began a few days ago, but it seems that the District of Columbia missed the memo. We had nothing to fear though, for the crew at Buredo works with speed and efficiency. 


At this point, I should probably explain what Buredo’s wares are. They sell sushi burritos. This food trend has spread to many large cities in the U.S. from the original in San Francisco to iterations in New York City and Los Angeles. It varies in execution but is, at its essence, a burrito-sized sushi.



Back to the story. You tell the attendant which of the seven regular rolls or two specials you would like. Apparently, you can also substitute ingredients in or out, but none of us tried that, so I cannot speak for that process. Once you tell them your order, they expeditiously begin rolling. This is where the magic happens. I can only describe it as the speed of a Nascar pit crew combined with the accuracy of a clockmaker. They got us through the line in 10 minutes flat from end of line to checkout.


By way of drinks, there is boxed water, soda, basil lemonade, and iced green tea. You can also get a free cup of water (one of the glories of America). For sides, you can get organic miso soup, rice chips, wasabi peas, and cookies. We all found the method of obtaining your miso to be amusing.


As previously mentioned, there is only one long table. It’s a nice enough atmosphere, but with the line on three of your four sides, it seems like you are eating in a fishbowl. Fortunately, it is only a 500 ft walk to a large park named Franklin Square. There are many park benches, but if you are lucky, you can snag a table with folding chairs.

Buredo is just past the red bus and around the corner.
But now down to the meat and potatoes (or fish and rice, in this case). The sushi burrito comes in a recyclable cardboard box and tightly wrapped in brown paper. It may look a little small, but believe me, they are densely packed with food.


Commence sushi images! The first is mine, which is called Pai Mei

Salmon sashimi, asparagus, pea shoot leaves, picked red onion,
daikon, katsuo, mirin crunch, toasted sesame mayo. $10.75 USD.
This is my friend Cameron's sushi. He got Sofie.

Shrimp tempura, avocado, pickled cabbage, carrot, toasted sesame seeds,
red tobiko, sriracha mayo. $11.75 USD.
This is my friend Joan's sushi. It's called GoGo, and we're not sure what it had in it, because it was on the specials board and not the actual menu. 


This is my friend Luis's sushi. It's called Beatrix. He was the only one who didn't take pictures of his food.

Yellowfin tuna & salmon sashimi, cucumber, pickled cabbage,
green onion, tempura crunch, unagi sauce. $11.75 USD.
You may wonder how these various combinations tasted. The general consensus was that they were all delicious, but still a novelty. That said, the ingredients were fresh and whoever decided the different amalgams of ingredients is a food wizard. Each sushi burrito has a two word tagline describing the overall taste; "smoky, creamy", "crunchy, tangy", and "umami, sweet" were ours respectively. Walking in, I thought that was some sort of hipster marketing, but having tasted a sampling of their menu, they really know how to turn what could be a touristy gimmick into delicious meals. 

Buredo is a once-in-a-blue-moon place. Having been there, I wouldn't go back for at least a month. The prices range from $8.85 to $11.75 USD,with lower prices for a salad and sides. Whether or not you think that is steep, it's a fact that you can find good street or casual food in the D.C. area for that price or less. However, it's an easy half mile from the White House and about a mile from many other monuments (Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, etc.), so if you're only in town for the day and want to try something unique, give Buredo a try!

The location we went to was on 14th Street NW and was right across the street from the McPherson Square Metro stop. However, if you are in the area for Embassy Row, they have a location on Connecticut Avenue NW. It is roughly halfway between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations. 

Franklin Square
825 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Dupont
1213 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036


*That's not true but college really cramps your style when it comes to Top Chef aspirations.
Photography by Rachel S. Emmons

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