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Dec 3, 2002 10:40 AM

Daddy Grace's Kitchen ???

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I've been at the church at 6th & M (United House of Prayer) several times for their cheap, home-cooking cafeteria (fried fish, fried chicken, okra, macaroni & cheese, etc.), and I never saw a "Daddy Grace's Kitchen" anywhere.

A chowhound once mentioned that there was a separate place to eat in the very back of the building, I walked all around the back parking lot, but all I could see were dumpsters & locked doors to the cafeteria's kitchen. No signs, no open separate dining place, even for carry-out.

By the way, the House of Prayer just south of the Shaw/HU Metro station also has a cafeteria, but it's much smaller than the one at 6th & M. Fewer choices of eats. Price are the same, I believe. You pay around $9 for an entree, 2 sides & some bread.

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  1. I'm not sure if this is helpful, but. . .

    There's apparently two places to eat in the Church at 6th & M. I've been told to eat at "the smaller one." But I've only ever found and eaten at one of them, so I can't verify if the second kitchen actually exists.

    The one I've eaten at has a sign which I think says Madison Kitchen or somesuch. It's a cafeteria-style place, with the cafeteria counter over to your right as you enter.

    My co-workers refer to the place as "Daddy Grace's Kitchen," although I'm not sure why. When I got there and started asking for "Daddy Grace's Kitchen," people seemed to understand and sent me to aforementioned cafeteria.

    So I guess what I'm saying is that I think you've already found Daddy Grace's Kitchen. I don't know why it's called that. And I'm not sure there's a second option.


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    1. re: JT

      Okay, after some more asking around, answers are forthcoming.

      The original pastor of the church at 6th & M was named Grace. Hence Daddy Grace's Kitchen.

      The church does have a second kitchen, devoted to feeding the homeless. It's not a place you would go to eat lunch.

      So you were at Daddy Grace's Kitchen. And you were eating at the right place.


      1. re: JT

        Sweet Daddy Grace was the founder of the denomination the United House of Prayer for All People of the Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith in Massachusetts and later incorporated in DC.
        From Wiki,
        "According to church literature and their official website, the United House of Prayer for All People has 131 places of worship in 26 states. The church has an estimated membership of 1.5 million members though some estimates place it lower. The national headquarters for the church is located in Washington, D.C. The church is known for its periodic mass baptisms by fire hose which started around the 1920s by the founder and also its shout bands."

        Many of their churches offer meals. Usually well-priced, simple fare.
        The one on H Street sells a meat + 2 sides for $5. Great fried chicken.

        1. re: MakingSense

          Could you be a little more specific about the location of the H Street kitchen? Thanks!

          1. re: bcarter3

            North side of the 1300 block. Big modern building with 2 stone lions in front. Address is maybe 1312, 1316?
            They serve meals in their cafeteria on Saturdays and Sundays from about noon until 5. When they're open, there's a banner on the fence next to a gate which is unlocked. Go back the walk and enter the first door on the sidewalk level of the church. There is no sign outside - only good food smells. Inside there is usually a paper sign directing you down the steps to the cafeteria.
            Very good, fresh plain food. Sort of like your grandmother or aunt made if she was a good home cook who started from scratch. If you're looking for fancy, this ain't it.

            1. re: MakingSense

              Are you sure you are talking about H ST? UHOP is at 6th and M. 1200 block of 6th St., NW

              The cafeteria, Saints Paradise, has gravies that taste mostly from a mix and vegetables that taste from a can and even then cooked to death. Has gone downhill. I was told that "Daddy Grace's Kitchen" (which has very limited hours) is from the same kitchen and aimed mostly at a low income population, but maybe that is wrong. I guess you are saying it's not from the same kitchen?

              The cafteria has some ok turkey wings, but even then can't compare to Henry's Soul Food (4th and K), much less Oohhs and Aahhs.

              1. re: Steve

                Yep. There's more than one UHOP in the city. I hit the one on H Street. They have a full kitchen right there with "cafeteria ladies" cooking it up.
                The collards were fresh when I had them. Nicely chopped. Not that horrible frozen mish-mash.
                Proper Southern vegetables are braised. Some might consider that "cooked to death." I like vegetable both ways, Southern and lightly cooked - two totally different things.

                Whether this is great food or not? But it's convenient, cheap, and tastes of home cooking. Sometimes that rings my bell.

                1. re: MakingSense

                  Thanks for the info.

                  There is also more than one H St......

                  1. re: Steve

                    There is also another 14th and U, but most people know what is meant.
                    Are you going here: ?
                    The H Street Corridor generally refers to the NE section of H Street from the bridge over the tracks north of Union Station to the Starburst Intersection.

      2. Today I went with a co-worker to buy lunch. I mentioned to my co-worker after spending $24 for my 2 meals, that I couldn't believe it didn't come with a drink at least. Well.... the cashier wearing a ton of gold with all biblical shields/symbols just went off on me (the customer). Said I was rude and to go somewhere else and get my food if it was too expensive. I couldn't believe I was in "the house of GOD" and one of his "children" was talking to me like that. I think this will be my last visit. Go to SUGAR ti eat, located on W. Virginia for some real good home cooking without the back talk/sidetalk/judgmental cashier.