Neighborhood Eats: Marvin
Comments () | Published March 25, 2008
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Address: 2007 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-797-7171
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
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, Belgian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 2 AM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 3 AM, Sunday 11 AM to 2 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: U St./African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Seared foie gras over caramelized onions; sea scallops with braised leeks; Niçoise salad; endive salad; onion soup; coconut-curry mussels or wine-and-shallot meunière mussels; chicken and waffles; seared halibut in beurre blanc; bacon-topped burger.
Fried chicken and waffles is the star of the menu at Marvin. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

A faux-weathered hotspot owned by the team behind Local 16 and the 18th Street Lounge is the last place you’d expect to find a tasty plate of chicken and waffles. But the spicy-crispy fried breast over a buttery Belgian waffle is a destination dish in itself. Oversize salads and fries with ketchup and two freshly whipped mayonnaises are good, too, but despite the place’s Belgian overtones, the mussel preparations are disappointing.

-March, 2008 

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