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caphil07 Aug 22, 2007 01:16 PM

My girlfriend is from Texas and I'm looking for a place to take her (doesn't have to be expensive but it can be) for a good Southern style meal. We've been to Acadiana as well as Georgia Browns. Any other suggestions?

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    naptownlady Aug 23, 2007 07:29 PM

    How far are you willing to travel? Some of the best Southern Soul food I've had, I found at this dumpy little place in Waldorf, MD. Lefty's Bar-B-Que really hits it home. I googled it, found this review from the Washington Post--gives you an address, contact info. You can't there go expecting anything but a booth and a good plate of food. There is no atmosphere, no great view, but you will eat very very well.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

    Lefty's Bar-B-Que Unlimited (Pinefield South Shopping Center, 2064 Crain Hwy., Waldorf, 301-870-8998) is a family operation that specializes in roasting ribs, pork and chicken slowly over hickory wood. The sauce, hot or mild, is added later. Founder Charles "Lefty" Nash Sr. learned how to roast pig growing up in Washington, Ga., and has parlayed that early learning (after 30 years working for Safeway) into a restaurant and catering operation. The pulled pork lacked any bit of char, and the sauce, while mighty tasty, was way too thick to be true Eastern Carolina style. But the vegetable side dishes are grand, especially the fried okra. The cornbread is too finely textured and sweet to my taste, but the coleslaw is wonderful.

    1. monkeyrotica Aug 23, 2007 05:50 AM

      You might want to check the Ooohs and Aaahs thread for other suggestions for Southern style food.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/365545

      For cheap and DC, Levi's Port Cafe off 8th Street SE near the Navy Yard is still solid: smothered pork chops, bbq ribs, pulled pork, fried fish, chicken wings, collards, and THE best mac and cheese in town. They also do an all-you-can-eat buffet where you can kill yourself for about $14. Bring your Lipitor and leave your belt at home.

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        MikeR Aug 23, 2007 03:36 AM

        Texas and "southern style" are different. Is the part about Texas relevant (looking for Texas food?) or do you want to take her for fried chicken, shrimp-and-grits, mac-and-cheese, greens, sweet tea, etc because they don't cook like that in Texas?

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          MakingSense Aug 24, 2007 08:29 PM

          They cook "like that" in East Texas. Southern food doesn't stop at the Sabine. The change is pretty gradual. Some of Texas bleeds over into the Arklatex and there's Cajun influence well down to Beaumont and Port Arthur.

        2. ktmoomau Aug 22, 2007 04:20 PM

          I haven't been to the new majestic cafe in Alexandria (since they reopened) but they used to have great southern food and I think their menu might have changed somewhat. They had great fried green tomatoes, sides of macaroni and cheese and layer cakes. I think their menu might be a bit less southern now though. Maybe someone has been since the reopen? I really need to get back there it is just so hard with all the good new openings.

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            sweth Aug 22, 2007 08:55 PM

            I've been twice since Majestic reopened; the food was good, but nothing jumped out as southern to me (although, to be honest, it didn't seem especially southern before).

            Southside is pretty good if you're looking for southern food in Old Town Alexandria; I know some folks who say that some of the dishes aren't anything they've seen in the south, but in my book, there's clearly something wonderfully southern about taking a nice healthy grilled chicken sandwich and slapping on some bacon, a fried green tomato, and some barbecue ranch dressing (the Dixie Chicken sandwich, which makes a nod at healthfulness by also included watercress in the toppings).

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            Southside 815
            815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

            The Majestic Restuarant
            911 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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              ktmoomau Aug 23, 2007 07:38 AM

              Oh Southside is very NC/SC/Georgia Southern food. Shrimp and grits, shortcake, sucotash, etc so very southern...

          2. monavano Aug 22, 2007 02:14 PM

            I second Southside as well. At a slightly higher price point with a menu reflective of the South, is Del Merei Grill in Arlandria/ Northern Del Ray. I recommend the frickles!
            http://www.delmereigrille.com/themenu.html

            www.piealamona.blogspot.com

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              dzherbst Aug 22, 2007 02:04 PM

              Check out Creme Cafe on U Street for good sized portions of southern comfort food. Love their shrimp and grits and chicken entrees. Excellent brunch too . . . if you can get a table. Note that they don't take reservations.

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              Creme Cafe & Lounge
              1322 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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                Elyssa Aug 22, 2007 02:33 PM

                I 2nd Creme! One of my favorite spots in DC. Great staff and I love their roasted chicken and mushroom appetizer.

                Although I have yet to go (I'm not allowing myself while currently on a diet) I've heard great things from Ooohs and Aaahs also on U Street. Much more of a cheap-eats type of place.

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                  CH2176 Sep 24, 2007 09:46 AM

                  Really enjoyed Creme last weekend! Went on Sat evening at 10pm, ate at the bar with a pal and had the Beef short rib! Amazing flavor and the mixed veggies were very good as well. Didn't enjoy the potatoes au gratin...bland and no crust on the top. Friend got the surf and turf, good flavor on the steak, overly breaded shrimp...But overall, food was delicious. Music starting at 11 was fantastic!

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                    Elyssa Sep 24, 2007 09:49 AM

                    So glad to hear it. I don't hear this place recommended enough but they are cranking out some outstanding food. Sounds like they have more of a fall menu going on with the short ribs. Will have to pay them a visit soon. It's been a couple months since I've been there.

                    Was the coconut cake on the menu for dessert by any chance?

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                      CH2176 Sep 24, 2007 09:53 AM

                      It was and it looked so good, with fresh blueberry sauce...but I had a couple of martinis by dinner time and had too much "sweet stuff", it was also a HUGE slice...I promised myself I would come back for the tomato salad and shrimp and grits...and the coconut cake next time!!!

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                        Elyssa Sep 24, 2007 09:57 AM

                        Oh you gotta try the coconut cake next time you go. It is sweet but amazing! (And that big slice is perfect for bringing 1/2 home and then snacking on it either at 2am or for a naughty and unhealthy sunday breakfast) :)

                        I would also recommend trying the mushroom appetizer if you like mushrooms. It's a very simple preperation but delicious.

              2. ktmoomau Aug 22, 2007 01:25 PM

                Southside 815 in Alexandria is my favorite Southern in the area. It isn't too expensive and the portions are huge. Vidalia was ok, but it was like they were trying to "northenize/cityize" their food.

                Blue duck Tavern had excellent goat cheese grits although they aren't especially southern.

                Southside has lots of stuff I like, especially their low country shortcake I believe it is called.

                Old Hickory Grille in Falls Church is kind of southern/cajun/american and is pretty good.

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