Georgia Brown's
Hefty portions of Low Country cooking
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published March 6, 2008
Georgia Brown's
Address: 950 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-393-4499
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: An example of a traditional Southern meal is deep fried chicken, field peas, turnip greens, cornbread, sweet tea and a dessert that could be a pie (sweet potato, pecan and peach are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry or mixed berry are traditional cobblers)., American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Friday, 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Saturday, noon to 4 and 5 to 11 PM; Sunday, 10 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Farragut North
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Fried catfish fingers; fried chicken; shrimp and grits; Carolina gumbo; Frogmore stew.
Price Details: Starters, $7 to $16; main courses, $18 to $38.

When I arrived at 7:45 for an 8 PM reservation and found the bar and waiting area packed, I resigned myself to a long wait for a table. But at precisely 8 o'clock, the table was ready. This extraordinarily well-managed restaurant, specializing in the Low Country cooking of South Carolina, has been a Washington favorite through several changes of chefs, and the food continues to be top-notch under chef Neal Langerman's direction.

Portions are beyond generous at Georgia Brown's. The pile of fried chicken livers, marinated in orange juice and flavored with sage, would feed a family of four, as would the catfish fingers, beautifully fried and served with coleslaw and a mango-mustard tartar sauce. A couple might share a single appetizer and then go on to separate main courses.

Low Country seafood dishes have given a New Orleans flavor to this menu: Carolina Gumbo, a full-flavored combination of rock shrimp, chicken, and andouille sausage; Frogmore Stew, shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, and clams over potatoes; and Shrimp and Grits, a lovely combination of spicy and bland--shrimp and andouille sausage served over creamy grits. If seafood doesn't appeal, go straight for the fried chicken--buttermilk-battered, fried crisp, and served with mashed potatoes and collards.

-This review appeared in the May, 2000 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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