1005 U St NW, Washington, DC | Directions 2000138.917133 -77.026251
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Northwest Washington, Cardozo / Shaw
Best Soul Food on U street – Great hole in the wall joint on U street to go to for some grubbin soul food. I am a student at Howard University so being out of town and having a nice home cooked meal made me feel right at home. It is a little pricy but you do get a lot of food. The only downside that I would say was the peach cobbler, but other then that everything was delish!
Awesomeness – ohhs & Aahhs, a dive soul food restaurant located in the middle of the U-Street corridor, produces gigantic portions of authentic soul food to its starving patrons. The fried chicken breast is a standout; personally, I was hoping it would be served with a white cream gravy sauce, but instead, the owner (Aj -- very friendly man) asked me if I would like some hot sauce (tabasco sauce) with my order. The resulting mixture tasted like high end New Orleans-style fried chicken breast. For sides, I went with cabbage and macaroni and cheese. If you like bready macaroni and cheese; you will enjoy Oohhs & Aahhs rendition of the American classic. The cabbage was relatively plain; however, it was great cold. I ordered the sweet tea here, and it was excellent (just like the tea I used to drink daily in the Deep South...).
The prices appear to be steep, however, you are actually getting a bargain given the portion sizes. My fried chicken breast had to be seen in order to be believed. The sides are stacked as well. Although you will pay somewhere between $12-20 for your food, you can expect it to last you for two meals. Also, on my visit, the owner hooked us up with an extra serving of macaroni and cheese. Like many true dive restaurants, the owner is very friendly and concerned for his guests.
They now have a late night menu including such classics as Chicken and Waffles and Shrimp & Grits. This menu is ONLY available on Fridays. It is also important to note that they are closed on Sundays and Mondays so plan accordingly. I have not yet been to Henry's (supposedly the other great dive soul food spot in the U-Street area), but Oohhs & Aahhs will be tough to beat.
Citysearch Editorial Review – This no-frills eatery continues the U Street corridor's tradition of satiating soul food; locals come back for the large portions of Southern classics such as mac and cheese, fried chicken and collard greens.
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