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Address: 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Cross street: Everglades Ct NW)
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Specifics: Soul Food, Southern
Phone: 202-265-1586
Cost: $$
Website: www.floridaavenuegrill.com
Credit Cards: Yes
Closing Time: 9 pm
Restaurants Greasy spoon from the dirty south.

    
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The Florida Avenue Grill
Posted by:  Halley Bondy
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Recently featured in the online Washingtonian as a 2005 “Dirt Cheap Eat,” the 61 year-old Florida Avenue Grill, though peculiarly nestled in a quiet residential Shaw neighborhood, is worth a side visit and spare change. The red-stool diner remains a strikingly homey treasure amidst DC’s ever-encroaching trendy transitions. The grill’s modest dealings are a pleasant surprise since the walls are covered with autographed glossies of famous African-Americans who allegedly ate there (from Martin Luther King to Ludicrus) and regard the Grill as a cornerstone of black culinary and social culture. However, if you’re not visiting just for the atmosphere, be sure that you’re in the mood for no-bullshit southern-bred mom and pop soul food: grits, pickled beets, mac and cheese, scrapple, pig’s feet, and a glut of grease.

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Average Rating: 5   (5=Amazing, 1=Just Horrible)
Submitted: 10/7/2010 12:56 AM                  
Posted By: District of Cathleen
Comment: Hands down, the best breakfast in DC. In upstate NY, we only have Greek diners, so when the default answer was biscuits rather than toast, I knew I was in for some southern eats. FL Ave Grill does NOT disappoint, the homefries are the best I've ever had, and come garnished with grilled onions and peppers. The waitresses make it feel like home...you'll likely get called pumpkin, sugar, and/or honey at least twice during your visit. If you're lucky enough to get a counter seat, most of the cooks on the griddle will go out of their way to keep you entertained. Just writing this has got me in the mood for some bacon...not scrapple though, that's just too far for me.
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