An elegant New South eatery and a favorite hangout of local politicians—First Lady Michelle Obama famously broke bread here with the mayor's wife and Second Lady Jill Biden—Georgia Brown's serves catfish two ways, either grilled in spicy jerk seasoning or fried in cornmeal; thick, rich she-crab soup spiked with sherry; and grilled salmon with mango relish. Fried green tomatoes are filled with goat cheese, and a pecan pie is made with bourbon and imported Belgian dark chocolate. The Sunday "jazz brunch" adds live music and a decadent chocolate fondue fountain to the mix, and the ample happy hour menu is available all afternoon on Saturday. The airy, curving dining room has white honeycomb windows and unusual ceiling ornaments of bronze ribbons.
Jul 24, 2012
Tasty Southern Comfort Food My spouse and I dined at this Southern comfort food restaurant in May of 2012. (We stayed at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn on 14th Street between H and I Streets, and it was a quick 2 block walk [one block north and one block west] to the restaurant.) The restaurant was very busy, lively, and loud on the Friday night that we visited; we chose to sit outside in the sidewalk seating area facing the McPherson Square park,
which was more peaceful. Service was good but a bit too quickly paced for our taste; we barely finished our appetizers before our entrees were in front of us. We enjoyed low-country menu items like fried-green tomatoes, deviled eggs, perlau (a sort of paella-like dish with meat, seafood, rice, and vegetables), and shrimp and grits (the grits were fabulous!), followed by banana cream pie. Dishes served with shrimp can be ordered “heads-on” or “heads-off”. The biscuits and cornbread provided to every table were delicious! The restaurant participates in the Open Table reservation system, which makes booking a table simple. This restaurant caught our attention because of the cuisine, the location in proximity to our hotel, and the fact that they served late on a Friday evening. This wasn’t the greatest meal we ate during our weekend in DC, but it was interesting and tasty, and reasonably priced for a city restaurant.