100 Best Restaurants 2009: Art and Soul
No. 77: Art and Soul
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Art and Soul
Address: 415 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-393-7777
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, National Mall
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)., Modern, Breakfast, American
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 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 10:30, and Sunday 10:30 AM to 4 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
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.

Cuisine: Upmarket Southern—rich, rootsy cooking that aims to leave you feeling unburdened.

Mood: Hotel dining can be a generic, impersonal experience. Not here. Odd touches abound (the variety of light fixtures suggests a lamp store), but austerity gives ground to fun, nowhere more so than in the funky black-and-red color scheme—a provocation in tradition-bound Capitol Hill. Politicos crowd the bar, nursing bourbons and cackling over the misdeeds of their associates.

Best for: A relaxed lunch or dinner.

Best dishes: Soulful versions of she-crab soup and Brunswick stew; Chesapeake Bay fry basket, an assortment of assertively seasoned clams, shrimp, oysters, and squid; hoe cakes, neither too upscale nor too down-home; arugula salad with blackberry vinaigrette; brined, double-cut pork chop with redeye gravy; seared grouper filet in carrot-cider broth; mini-cupcakes.

Insider tips: The restaurant is offering a three-course “filibuster buster” lunch for $24 along with a promise: Diners will get their bill and dessert within 45 minutes of being seated.


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

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