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Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave., Washington, DC - (202) 265-1586
For more than six decades, this soul-food diner in DC has been a destination for those in search of country ham and biscuits, fried pork chops, and all kinds of fine southern-style vegetables. Meals are served with charm and expertise by a staff eager to make sure customers are well-fed and happy.
94% Approval Rating (17 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
pork chops
Catfish & Grits
Corned Beef Hash
biscuits
Grits
stewed apples
country ham
Peach Cobbler
meat loaf
Pancakes
Half smoke

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (10)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We’ve been fans of the Florida Avenue Grill since the first edition of Roadfood in 1978, but it opened before we were born. In all the time we've known it, it barely has changed. The only things different are new celebrity photos and endorsements on the wall. Some ..."   [Read More]
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Tuere Toomer
November 09, 2007
"I read a review of the Florida Avenue Grill here on Roadfood.com, and decided to give it a whirl. A local told us that it wasn't the best spot but the food was good. He was wrong! It is a great place and the food is WAY GOOD! It reminds me of eating at my ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1100 Florida Ave., Washington, DC
(202) 265-1586

http://floridaavenuegrill.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Waitress Dee Ellerbe took great care of us and turned out to be a veritable good-will ambassador for a diner that is a national treasure.
"Waitress Dee Ellerbe took great care of us and turned out to be a veritable good-will ambassador for a diner that is a national treasure."
Michael Stern





This is ham with character! A couple of biscuits on the side and a dish of red-eye gravy are its perfect complement.
"This is ham with character! A couple of biscuits on the side and a dish of red-eye gravy are its perfect complement."
Michael Stern


Don't ignore the Florida Avenue Grill desserts.  The homey peach cobbler was the perfect way to end our meal.
"Don't ignore the Florida Avenue Grill desserts. The homey peach cobbler was the perfect way to end our meal."
Cliff Strutz


Pork chops are juicy, rich, and radiant with spice. With eggs and grits and biscuits (on the side), a grand breakfast.
"Pork chops are juicy, rich, and radiant with spice. With eggs and grits and biscuits (on the side), a grand breakfast."
Michael Stern


Fish, eggs, and grits (in a separate bowl) are a classic soul food breakfast. The fish can be bream, salmon cakes or -- pictured here -- catfish fillets.
"Fish, eggs, and grits (in a separate bowl) are a classic soul food breakfast. The fish can be bream, salmon cakes or -- pictured here -- catfish fillets."
Michael Stern


Sliced in half and grilled, the half-smoke is juicy, with plenty of smoky flavor.  A wonderful breakfast side meat!
"Sliced in half and grilled, the half-smoke is juicy, with plenty of smoky flavor. A wonderful breakfast side meat!"
Cliff Strutz


We don't know another wall anywhere where you see, cheek by jowl, Clarence Thomas, Strom Thurmond, Al Sharpton, and Marion Barry. People from all walks of life and every political stripe feel at home in this hospitable eatery.
"We don't know another wall anywhere where you see, cheek by jowl, Clarence Thomas, Strom Thurmond, Al Sharpton, and Marion Barry. People from all walks of life and every political stripe feel at home in this hospitable eatery."
Michael Stern


The cook and servers in a Christmas mood at the Florida Avenue Grill.
"The cook and servers in a Christmas mood at the Florida Avenue Grill."
Mike Spak


Florida Avenue Grill biscuits are a reminder that in some ways, at least culinarily, Washington, DC is very much part of the South. In the background is a bowl of spicy, soulful sausage gravy.
"Florida Avenue Grill biscuits are a reminder that in some ways, at least culinarily, Washington, DC is very much part of the South. In the background is a bowl of spicy, soulful sausage gravy."
Michael Stern


This photo was taken from a booth opposite the counter. Note the gallery of celebrity photos on the wall: they're all fans of the Florida Avenue Grill.
"This photo was taken from a booth opposite the counter. Note the gallery of celebrity photos on the wall: they're all fans of the Florida Avenue Grill."
Michael Stern


Waitress Dee Ellerbe told us that the second floor, which used to be living quarters, has become a small room suitable for parties, tastings, and functions.
"Waitress Dee Ellerbe told us that the second floor, which used to be living quarters, has become a small room suitable for parties, tastings, and functions."
Michael Stern


A superb combination plate ... for breakfast, lunch, or dinner: spiced stewed apples and a fried pork chop. In the background are over-easy eggs. Not shown: cornbread muffin.
"A superb combination plate ... for breakfast, lunch, or dinner: spiced stewed apples and a fried pork chop. In the background are over-easy eggs. Not shown: cornbread muffin."
Michael Stern


Although they are not the rich, creamy variety of grits, those served at the Florida Avenue Grill are thick and yummy, packing plenty of satisfying hominy flavor.
"Although they are not the rich, creamy variety of grits, those served at the Florida Avenue Grill are thick and yummy, packing plenty of satisfying hominy flavor."
Michael Stern



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