100 Best Restaurants 2010: Art and Soul
No. 88: Art and Soul
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published February 1, 2010
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Art and Soul
Address: 415 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-393-7777
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, National Mall
Cuisines: Southern, Modern, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 11:30 to 2:30, and 5:30 to 10:30, Friday 6:30 to 10:30, 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 11, Saturday 7:30 AM to 3 PM and 5:30 to 11, and Sunday 7:30 AM to 3 PM and 5:30 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Brunswick stew; Chesapeake Bay fry basket; arugula salad with blackberry vinaigrette and watermelon pickles; hoecakes with either fried oysters and rémoulade, apples and blue cheese, or pulled pork and slaw; onion pie; pork chop with red-eye gravy; groupe
Price Details: Starters $8 to $16, main courses $18 to $34.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

Cuisine: Chicago celebrity chef Art Smith—formerly of Oprah Winfrey’s home kitchen—and his local deputy, Travis Timberlake, serve up feel-good food. Their renditions of classic Southern fare are both gussied up (an oyster po’ boy turned into a hoecake) and faithful (simple fried chicken with white gravy).

Mood: It might look like a retro-chandeliered hotel restaurant (and you’ll see many a rolling suitcase) but looming portraits of Martin Luther King Jr. and Dwight Eisenhower—and perhaps a Nancy Pelosi sighting—remind you that you’re dining just steps from the seat of power.

Best for: A crowd-pleasing dinner with a big group; a gut-busting power lunch; snacking at the bar; weekend brunch (oh, the lemon pancakes).

Best dishes: Chesapeake Bay fry, a Southern take on fritto misto with oysters, hushpuppies, okra, and shrimp; arugula salad with blackberry vinaigrette and watermelon pickles; hoecakes (pancake-like rounds made with cornmeal) topped with either fried oysters and rémoulade, apples and blue cheese, or pulled pork and slaw; a wedge of buttery-crusted onion pie slathered with goat cheese; lunchtime fried chicken, boneless and wonderfully juicy; pecan-crusted chicken; crisply fried trout drizzled with rhubarb vinaigrette; spiced quince trifle; “baby cakes,” an ever-changing quintet of mini cupcakes.

Insider tips: A budget-friendly Sunday supper features the fried chicken plus two sides for $18.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Expensive.

 

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