Creme Cafe and Lounge
1322 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Southern, Modern, American
Open Monday through Thursday 6 to 10:30 PM; Friday 6 to 11:30; Saturday 10 to 3 and 6 to 11:30; Sunday 10 to 6.
Nearby Metro Stops: U St./African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Chicken noodle soup; steamed mussels; El's Mushroom Masterpiece; Oprah's Tomato Salad; crab cake; short ribs with potato gratin and roasted root vegetables; pork and beans; roasted chicken; shrimp and grits; Kobe hot dog; Kobe hamburger.
Dinner starters, $8 to $11; entrées, $9 to $22.
Whether you’re at this hip hangout for a late dinner or weekend brunch, chef Terrell Danley offers Modern Southern comfort: glorious caramelized pork over tangy lima beans, real-deal shrimp ’n’ grits, tomatoes in puff pastry inspired by Oprah Winfrey, and luscious Manchego-topped mushrooms. The steely-cool space might not make you think of Mama at the stove, but a few bites in you’ll be sopping up sauce with a smile.