From Tuesday through Friday every week at the Bolling Club on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), hungry patrons can expect a wide variety of dining options at the club’s all-you-can-eat buffet, including new creations and old favorites.
JBAB Executive Chef Melissa Beedle said she and her staff are looking for new ways to “break out of the box” and deliver fresh choices to customers.
“Tuesday is basically chef’s choice,” Beedle said. “We come in and Tuesday is kind of our day.”
The kitchen staff will see what ingredients are available and create custom dishes, such as blue cheese scalloped potatoes or offer up lesser known choices such as Mediterranean couscous to go along with the salad bar and other regular daily items.
The rest of the week has themed days, Beedle explained. “Wednesdays right now are traditionally more pastas, which eventually we’re working toward putting some new ideas in there because a lot of people aren’t pasta eaters. Thursday is a standard—it’s pork chop day—we do a baked and a fried and a smothered pork chop. Then Friday is seafood.”
Beedle said the chefs got together to brainstorm on what to create for upcoming menu choices while tracking what their customers want to eat.
“We talk to our customers and get feedback from our customers as far as what they’d like to see,” she explained. “We look at the demographics of people that we feed and try to cater to the people that are longstanding that traditionally come in here and eat. For instance, we have a lot of folks that love to come in here and they come in Friday just for seafood because it is all you can eat. It’s the only place around that you can get four or five varieties of fish items at a reasonable price.”
Customers can expect to see some small changes for right now until Beedle and the chefs finalize new options. Fans of the always-popular pork chop need not fear, Beedle said, as the Thursday marquee item will likely remain unchanged.
The buffet is served daily from Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Besides the daily buffet, the Bolling Club also offers 2-for-1 steak dinners every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at their Wings Bar and Grill, a seafood buffet the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Washington Dining Room, and a champagne Sunday brunch each Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Dining Room.
The Bolling Club is located at Building 50 along Theisen Street aboard JBAB, and can be reached by phone at (202) 563-8400.