Best food in the country? You might not be surprised to learn that many people, including some major celebrities, believe that it comes from the South and its mouthwatering dishes like fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. From famous barbecue joints to po’ boy sandwiches, Southern cuisine knows no bounds when it comes to comfort food that makes you feel good inside and out. Whether you’re visiting or live in Washington, DC, you can easily find restaurants in your area serving up delicious Southern food any day of the week, whether it’s lunch or dinner time.
Macon Bistro and Larder
Don’t be misled by this French-sounding eatery; Macon Bistro isn’t just a fancy French name; it’s the name of a Georgian town. This restaurant offers delicious southern food including fried okra, deviled eggs, biscuits and handmade jam, among other things.
If you can only have one dish from the menu, you must choose the chicken and waffles at this restaurant since it really dresses up southern food with lovely presentation and premium ingredients. You also won’t want to miss the fried green tomatoes or shrimp ‘n’ grits. You’ll find that Macon Bistro is much more than an upscale version of your favorite southern dishes. It’s truly a destination worth trying if you love south cuisine!
Florida Avenue Grill
The oldest of its type in the world, this soul food establishment has been operating since 1944. There is no doubting that the Florida Avenue Grill is a Washington landmark, whether or not that is stretching the reality. For everything from collards to fried chicken, cornbread, and more, people go to this restaurant. So, if you’re in Washington, DC, and you’re looking for some comfort food to fill you up, head to Florida Avenue Grill. It’s got an old school vibe with a modern day twist on Southern classics.
Wiley’s Diner: Wiley’s Diner may not be located on the same street as Florida Ave., but it does offer traditional Southern favorites like oxtails and country ham. Don’t forget to try their benne waffles!
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Hank’s Oyster Bar is one of the most popular restaurants in Washington. It offers oysters and seafood from all over the world as well as an extensive wine list. The restaurant has won countless awards for its food and service. Located on Connecticut Avenue NW, it is open every day from 11:30 am to midnight.
Shaw’s Tavern: Shaw’s Tavern serves traditional southern comfort foods like fried green tomatoes, chicken and dumplings, ham biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits with jalapeno cornbread dressing. Located on 14th Street NW near Logan Circle, it is open Monday through Saturday 11 am to 10 pm.
Good Stuff Eatery
Since opening in 2008, Good Stuff Eatery has grown to 10 locations across Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. With its Southern roots and unabashedly meaty approach to burgers, Good Stuff has been an excellent addition to this list. Here you’ll find some of the best sandwiches around—all washed down with tangy Good Stuff lemonade. The Central Burger is a solid choice, with flavorful bacon and caramelized onions piled on top.