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Jan 2, 2010 02:06 PM

Soul Food

I am looking for really good Southern/Soul Food in the DC Area - fried chicken, mac and cheese, collards, etc. I am not looking for good barbecue (I personally love Rocklands), just solid southern fare - any suggestions?

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  1. Flavors in Arlington (right on the Falls Church border) for fried chicken. Oohs and Ahs in DC.

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    1. re: MikeR

      Blue and the White in Old Town Alexandria on Wythe Street and Route 1 for fried chicken and collard greens. Oohs and the Aahs is so overrated. But the Blue and the White is the real deal! I live near U Street but my family lives in Old Town and we always stop at the Blue and White. It's the best!

      1. re: Glindathegood1

        weird I live near there and never heard of it gonna have to try it out!

      2. re: MikeR

        Flavors - an enthusiastic second!

        Look for your fried chicken to be fried starting when you order it, and not in a pressure-fryer either.

        1. re: MikeR

          The fried fish at Flavors is wonderful as well. I also like their sides, although there is certainly amazing mac n cheese to be had elsewhere.

          Sadly, there doesn't seem to be any southern/soul food in Montgomery County, unless there's something hiding?

          1. re: Transplanted Texan

            i think its Montgomergy county - try the General Store's comfort dishes (fried chicken greens, etc...). They're tasty.

            1. re: iatethesandbox

              The General Store Post Office Tavern has the best fried catfish I've ever had, though I think the menu changes constantly, so they are not sure to have it. They also do a Sunday dinner with a set menu. I'm not sure how to find out about what they are serving...... but I do think they use e-mail notifications.

              1. re: iatethesandbox

                I completely forgot about this place, after some early reviews of how they ran out of food, etc. I'll have to give it a try; surely the kinks are all worked out by now -- thanks!

          2. The best is at Oohhs and Aahhs, but it is (more or less) Coastal Carolina cookin'. The best dishes are the grilled shrimp, lemon pepper wings, and the broiled crabcake. Also very good are the meatloaf, short ribs, and turkey chop. Collard greens and rice with gravy are their best sides. Four stools in front of a tiny kitchen. You can also take your food upstairs to a small dining room.

            If you want the very best fried chicken and mac n' cheese. you might have to go to Central, an otherwise French bistro.

            Flavors in Arlington has very good chicken. Like most, it is deep fried, not pan fried.

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            1. re: Steve

              A second recommendation for Oohhs & Aahhs. I really like their broiled whitefish and collards. I have a big appetite, but for me, a single "one main and two sides" dinner makes two meals.

              Oohhs & Aahhs
              1005 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                Agree with Steve on all counts...including the fried chicken at Central - YUM

            2. Levi's is also quite good. Fried chicken, fish, ribs, etc with all the expected sides - greens, mac & cheese, cornbread. Nice if you are already in the neighborhood for a Nationals game or some such.

              Levi's Port Cafe
              1102 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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              1. re: malveaux

                Second Levi's. Smothered pork chops, collards, and the best mac and cheese in town. Also, I haven't been in years, but The Hitching Post had some of the best fried chicken in town.

                Levis Port Cafe
                1102 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

                Hitching Post
                200 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

                1. re: malveaux

                  I third Levi's!! Freaking awesome mac and cheese.

                2. Yummy Seafood (yes thats what its called...) on Allentown road in Temple Hills is one of my favorites. Despite the name, they serve everything from ribs to pork chops to chitterlings to pigs feet. They have some of the best fried chicken livers Ive ever had and their collard greens are especially good. Its Asian run but dont let that dissuade you. They have learned what works well with the PG crowd.

                  Henry's Soul Cafe over in Oxon Hill (on 210 just inside of the beltway) is pretty good too. Great sweet potato pie. Expect lines out the door though during peak hours.

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                  1. re: Insidious Rex

                    I've been to the carry-out on U St near 16th St., NW. Henry does make a great sweet potato pie. Also, this is a good place to try a DC classic, wings with mambo sauce.

                    1. re: Steve

                      I've wondered about this place and always meant to try, but I don't get down there too much anymore.

                  2. If you want to go a little bit upscale, Georgia Brown's has great fried chicken, fantastic biscuits, and otherwordly fried green tomatoes. It is the only place I've ever eaten collard greens that I liked, also. Lastly, if you really want to stuff yourself silly, the brunch is also fantastic.

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                    1. re: Raids

                      Went there w/ a co-worker, ordered the fried chicken. Sadly dry and bland. My co-worker and I agreed also that it smelled like their refrigerator had broken in there. Gross.

                      Georgia Brown's
                      950 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                      1. re: mstinawu

                        The last time I had Georgia Brown's fried chicken, the dominant flavor profile was salt. Like it had been prepared using an ancient Dead Sea recipe.