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Local Pub Converts into Local Pantry

As DC restaurants must limit themselves to carryout and delivery service, some places are getting creative. British-American pub Alibi, which normally pours draft beers and whiskeys near Capitol Hill, is now doing something different: It now dispenses high-quality beef, other groceries, and home essentials (did someone mention toilet paper?).

Alibi (237 Second St. NE) now accepts orders for family-sized meal kits, liquor, beer, wine, butter, milk, eggs ($5 per dozen), and Amish bacon ($7 per pound.) Alibi chef Mike Ellis drives and delivers meals within a two-mile radius at no extra charge. However, customers must order a day in advance. Next-day pickup is available Monday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Ellis knows what he is doing; he recently honchoed the kitchen at nearby Charlie Palmer Steak.

Alibi’s new pantry, dubbed #YourAlibi, is stocked with hanger and flat iron steak and dry-aged ground beef from Maryland purveyor Roseda Farms. Non-edible essentials include bleach by the gallon, Bounty paper towels (the best!)  and $2 rolls of toilet paper (limit four per order). Any order over $25 comes with a roll on the house. That’s toilet paper, not baked goods.)

One cooking kit includes a pair of four-pound chickens (covered in dry-rub); salmon packed with lemon and herbs, and a Chesapeake Bay-themed meal with four jumbo lump Maryland crab cakes.

The prepared food section includes chicken, eggplant Parmesan and chicken pot pie. Sides: green beans with garlic and onions, potatoes roasted with sea salt and rosemary, and a garden salad. There’s also 32-ounce tubs of pecorino-accented tomato soup. Banofee pie, composed of toffee pudding and bananas, is available by the slice or a whole pie.

To drink: liters of Tito’s vodka ($30) and Redemption bourbon ($38); Dobel Tequila ($40) and District Made Rye ($55). There are wines, six-packs of beer and local cider.

Call 202-347-2237 or visit www.thealibidc.com.

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