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Jul 25, 2008 07:48 AM

Hodge's RIP, Akosombo still hanging in

DC's best hot roast beef sandwich is no more. Everything at the old Hodge's on NY off 6th has been stripped down.

Ghanaian dive, Akosombo, is still around. For those of you willing to go to a dive, I can tell you that the effects of their last renovation are wearing quite thin.

Still, it is more presentable than it used to be.

Although they are thoretically open until 8pm, it is predominantly a lunch place; they don't refill the steam table after lunch.

I still think they should bottle their red sauce. If they ask you if you want sauce on your fish (or other food) the answer is YES! Whole mackeral I had yesterday was the best I've had in a long time. Sometimes the whole fish is croaker.

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  1. I second the rec for Akosombo- went there sat evening- loved the fufu with spicy soup and the whole fish.
    I also tried the peanut soup with goat meat.
    The place is a dive for sure- no doubt it would be a little daunting to some eaters, but I actually felt welcome by the staff and the cab drivers watching the maryland-nc game.

    pics here:

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    1. re: 1000yregg

      Nice pics. I'm horribly disappointed I didn't know M. Ward was in the area.

      Looks like you had a great night on two counts.

    2. Yup. The roast beef will be sorely missed, as will the roast turkey and the baked ham.

      Fortunately, Atrium Cafe in SW is still serving handcarved roast beef sandwiches. And the roast beef at Deli City is very good, but if you're going to go that far, you might as well get the reuben. There's another handcarved roast beef place downtown, off I and 18th maybe, but I've never been.

      Deli City Restaurant
      2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

      Atrium Cafe
      400 Virginia Ave SW Lbby 1, Washington, DC 20024

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      1. re: monkeyrotica

        Clyde's on the Walk on 7th St, Chinatown carves beef.

        I'm one of those who have stuck their head through a halfway open door at Akosombo and decided against going in. The place had a stuffy smell as if fresh air hadn't worked its way in for a very long time. Maybe I'll give carryout a try.

        1. re: justaddwater

          The items I recommend are the whole fish in red sauce, the plantains, and the black eyed peas. Makes for messy eatin', but is very tasty.