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Florida Avenue Grill

Restaurants, Diners U Street Corridor
4 out of 5 stars
Florida Avenue Grill
Photograph: Lani Furbank

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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This DC institution was in danger of shutting down recently, but it’s back in action, much to the delight of the regulars who pack the place during weekends and mealtimes. The sometimes-long-waits are worth it for home-style soul food like pan-fried chicken, Cajun-fried catfish, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, cornbread stuffing and more. Breakfast is also well represented, with hot cakes (topped with cinnamon and sugar), eggs and biscuits. The grill has been serving the U Street community since 1944, apparently making it the oldest soul food restaurant in the world. The space looks well loved, but that’s because it has stood the test of time, even surviving the violent riots of the 1960s. Photos of famous fans of the grill line the walls above the counter and the small booths.



Address: 1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC
Cross street: at 11th St NW
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 8am-4:30pm
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