Horace & Dickie’s

Seafood | Soul Food
One of the best

Restaurants in Washington, DC, tend to be cutting-edge and cosmopolitan, which is why we are so happy to have found Horace & Dickie’s up north in the Takoma neighborhood. It really does have a neighborhood feel; and its menu is more traditional than trendy. It is a soul food seafood place where the headline items are fried whiting, catfish, shrimp, oysters, and scallops; and where side dishes include first-rate versions of southern standards: mac ‘n’ cheese, collard greens, hushpuppies, and yams.

Shrimp are especially wonderful: firm plumpies just barely veiled in well-seasoned crust. Whiting fillets — which regulars get in immense sandwiches — burst with creamy, full-flavored meat inside their firmer golden coats.

Mac ‘n’ cheese packs brilliant tang; collard greens perform a delectable sweet/bitter balancing act; yams come sopped with spicy sugar sauce; and hushpuppies are irresistibly unctuous.

Banana pudding doesn’t look impressive, served already portioned out into a plastic container for the take-out trade. But a few spoonfuls deliver revelation. This is great banana pudding: extraordinarily creamy, chocked with slices of banana that are tender but not mushy, and with cookies that vary from dry and crumbly cake to moist veins of grain.

Service is pretty much do-it-yourself. Place an order and pay at the counter. The house policy is that customers then pick up their own food when it is ready, but when we visited for an early lunch, the staff cheerfully brought the meals to our table.

What to Eat
Horace & Dickie’s, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
Fried shrimp is firm and sweet inside a crisp, well-seasoned coat.
Horace & Dickie’s, Fried Fish
Fried Fish
Fried whiting is the headliner. One order is immense.
Horace & Dickie’s, Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Banana pudding doesn't look great, but it is.
Horace & Dickie’s, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mac 'n' cheese has a faint tang that suggests sour cream or buttermilk.
Horace & Dickie’s, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Collard greens strike a brilliant balance between sweet and bitter.
Horace & Dickie’s, Yams
Dark sauce adds caramelized sugar flavor to yams.
Horace & Dickie’s, hushpuppies
Firm-coated hushpuppies are unctuous and addictive.
Horace & Dickie’s, Sweet Tea
Sweet Tea
Tea is more sweet than flavorful.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Thursday12:30pm - 7:30pm
Friday12:30pm - 7:30pm
Saturday12:30pm - 7:30pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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