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Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave., Washington, DC - (202) 265-1586
Posted By Tuere Toomer on 11/9/2007 12:58:00 PM
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 grandmother's. The service is friendly and it just feels like home. The locals at the counter were very helpful and recommended the collard greens and the fried fish. Both are excellent! The lemonade is perfect; it reminds me of my bygone youth. We ordered Salisbury steak, fried fish, and spareribs, and we just laid it out and ate family-style. The portions are more than ample. The potato salad? Wonderful. And we all agreed that the collards are terrific.

I came from Philadelphia to go out for my birthday, and the lovely staff sang happy birthday to us. What a treat! Ms. Roxie served us and I just wanted to put her in my pocket and take her home. My only regret was that we didn't get there earlier (we got there about 8-9pm) and almost everything had sold out. It was Morgans homecoming and the word was out about the Florida Ave. Grill.

We've decided that from now on we must stop at the Florida Avenue Grill either before or after the club. Well done and keep up the good work!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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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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