Soul Food Restaurants in Washington, DC

BBQ ribs, fried chicken, pork chops, collard greens, mash potatoes with gravy, and fried okra are just some of the dishes that are classified as soul food. I love southern style soul food, it’s what I was raised on. In the District of Columbia, where I was raised, there are several restaurants that offer a meal that is close to what ‘mama’ can make.

Wilson’s, across the street from Howard University Hospital, is a primarily a breakfast restaurant that features some of the best pork chops that I’ve ever tasted. Wilson’s also offers smothered fried chicken, and sweet cornbread. You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank at Wilson’s. Most of the entrees are reasonably priced under $10. This restaurant is open on Mondays and Thursday’s from 7am to 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7am to 8pm. Wilson’s is also opened on Sundays from 7am to 6pm.

Also in the same area as Wilson’s is A Taste of Carolina, a fine dine restaurant that serves delicious southern style cuisines. Some of the popular choices at Taste of Carolina is Savannah fresh river trout, BBQ Ribs, and the Beaufort BBQ Chicken. Personally, I’ve never been to A Taste of Carolina, but most people that I’ve spoken too really likes this establishment. Taste of Carolina is a little more expensive than Wilson’s, but you won’t spend more than $20 on most entrees. The hours of operation are from 11am to 10pm Tuesdays thru Thursdays, 11am to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1pm to 8pm on Sundays.

The Brown Sugar Southern Cuisine carry-out/restaurant is one my favorite places to eat at. This establishment has some very delicious BBQ chicken wings. The beef short ribs are also very good. One of things that I really like about the Brown Sugar Southern Cuisine, is that the food is always hot and fresh. There is nothing worse than getting a plate full of luke-warm food. Most of the meals will cost you lest than $10 and has more convenient hours of operation than Wilson’s and A Taste of Carolina. From Sunday to Thursday, Brown Sugar is open from 11am to 9pm. On Fridays and Saturdays the restaurant is open from 11am to 11pm.

In Chinatown, Acadania has more of a classy setting, but does offer a variety of soul and southern cuisines. I wasn’t really into the setting and the atmosphere of Acadania, but I did like the ‘Poboy’ that I ordered. Acadania has some great southern and soul food selections, but can be pretty expensive.

700 V. Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

1930 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

928 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

901 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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