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Aug 22, 2007 01:16 PM

Good Southern Cuisine in the DC Area

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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      1. re: dzherbst

        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.

        1. re: Elyssa

          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!

          1. re: CH2176

            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?

            1. re: Elyssa

              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!!!

              1. re: CH2176

                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. 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!

        1. 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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          1. re: ktmoomau

            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).

            Southside 815
            815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

            The Majestic Restuarant
            911 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

            1. re: sweth

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

          2. 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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            1. re: MikeR

              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.