Here are 12 (mostly inexpensive) suggestions for the DC area. If you truly want to taste the best of DC, I would go with our strengths – seafood (especially crab) and ethnic foods. Our proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic makes seafood a good bet, and many of our residents of foreign origin have brought the best of their respective cuisines with them. Good seafood will usually cost you (with Cameron’s being a noted, and welcome, exception), but the ethnic restaurants are usually some of your best bargains.
Cameron’s Seafood Market – a very good place to get fresh, raw or cooked seafood at a relative bargain.
Full Kee – Chinese. Excellent meal-in-a-bowl soups and roasted meats.
Ben’s Chili Bowl – Very good chili-dogs, -burgers and -half smokes.
Mixtec – Mexican. Great tortas (Mexican subs).
C.F. Folks – Lunch only. Delicious and varied daily specials, including (in season) a very good, and bargain priced, crabcake sandwich. http://www.cffolksrestaurant.com
Pizzeria Paradiso – The best pizza that I’ve found in DC.
Ollie’s Trolley – Used to be part of a national chain of burger joints, but they are now independently owned and operated. The ‘burgers are big and look good, but, eating very little beef, I must admit that I haven’t tried one. This place gets recommended because of their "trolley" decor and their surprisingly good crabcake sandwich platter, which consists of a very good crabcake, decent fries and a dollop of cole slaw, for 5 or 6 dollars.
Bethesda Crab House – Assemble a mound of steamed, well-seasoned blue crabs, a paper-covered table, a wooden mallet, some ears of fresh corn, a cold brew and some good friends, and you have the quintessential Chesapeake Bay-area dining experience.
Jerry’s Seafood Restaurant – Expensive, but if the comparably-priced Crisfield’s qualifies as roadfood, so does Jerry’s, which I think is better. Crab is the thing to order here, in any of its incarnations (cakes, imperial, soup, bisque, "Bomb," "Baby Bomb"). http://www.jerrys-seafood.com
Chinatown Express – The chef standing in the front window making noodles lets you know what to order here. The noodle-based dishes and the dumplings are very good. Especially noteworthy are the Shanghai soup dumplings, which are dumplings filled with pork and broth. They are referred to simply on the menu as pork dumplings (8) and make a great lunch.
You mentioned possibly eating at a southern, or "Soul Food" place. Two good choices of this type are Adelis, which is a buffet featuring a large selection of dishes prepared Southern-style, including delicious fried chicken, oven-baked chicken and ribs, ham, chitterlings, greens, candied yams, and a wide selection of desserts that are prepared in-house. They are located at 6495 New Hampshire Avenue, Hyattsville, MD, on the second floor of a bank building. Their telephone number is 301-599-4600, and they have unusual hours, so prospective visitors should call ahead to make sure that they’re open. The second is the Florida Avenue Grill, which is reviewed by the Sterns elsewhere on this site.
Thanks to all for your assistance…..I’m looking forward to trying the suggestions!!
Don’t forget to check out (or add to) the RF Miscellaneous – Food topic on State Food/Desertdog. We’re missing New Hampshire!!
in jersey for an AMAZING diner experience, don’t miss Mastori’s diner. incredible- great pork roll too, and those cinamin buns… oh boy… enjoy fb
Have you looked at the list of restaurants on the home page? They are broken out by state and include several choices for the Washington DC area which would fit the "soul food" bill. You can even chose a restaurant type, There are 29 under "Soul."
Also the search function goes back to the beginning, as far as I can tell. Nice. Not many forums do that.
You will also find a lot of suggestions in the CT, MA area … it might help if you were a bit more specific.
Visit Northampton, MA if you can.
Thanks Greymo, I didn’t know I could stil access the info fom a year ago…..I’m still hoping for some suggestions in D.C. Southern/Soul and maybe a crab shack in the potomoc area. Finally if anyone from Jersey knows can I pick up Taylor Pork roll at most supermarkets off the turnpike?Much thanks to you all becos I have no idea how to use smilies!!!
Here are some reponses to the question that you asked before (which should help you on your trip south).
We want to hear any suggestions…..We have no ideas where to go so Please respond…
We are NH residents looking for cooler climes planning on Heading to Bluff City Tennessee(Down 91 to Hartford and then 84 or 684 to 81 and then 500+ miles ….we then plan on heading back 81 to Washington Dc and then up the Jersey Pike cross the Tappan Zee and then back to Sunapee NH. I’m hoping you all can help us out. We need places to eat at as I get sick of watching my wife shop at Cracker Barrel’s gift shop and besides that it costs more than the gas on the trip!!We do plan on eating at the Ridgewood in Bluff city (Great Barbecue and Beans)as it’s close to my Father-in-law’s. We like diner food and Italian and Mexican and I guess everything else except Cauliflower . We are also hoping to get some soul food in DC and possibly find a good crab shack (on the way home) and finally find some pork roll in Jersey that we can bring home(the boxes)Sorry this is so verbose but I figured that you might have pity on a deprived traveler…..Thanks in advance for your help!!! BTW We did not think too much of the Dutch Kitchen the last time we went down…..
Have pity on the deprived traveler
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