Oohhs & Aahhs
1005 U St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Soul Food, Southern, American
Open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 10 PM, Sunday noon to 7 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Fried chicken; mac n' cheese; Cajun-spiced turkey chop; beef ribs; shrimp with peppers and onions; fried lobster; chicken wings and boneless breasts; beef or turkey meatloaf; broiled whiting; candied yams; cornbread.
Entrees, $7.95 to $24.95.
Why go: In a town where great soul food is scarce, this lunch counter/takeout dishes up mouthwatering Southern standards, from fried chicken to collards, in generous portions.
What to get: Batter-fried chicken wings and boneless breasts; well-seasoned beef or turkey meatloaf with a pale golden gravy; Cajun turkey “chop,” a pounded-thin portion of rib meat doused in spices and deep-fried; a mildly spicy broiled whiting that refutes the notion that all great soul food is fried; cinnamony candied yams; cornbread; super-cheesy mac and cheese—no Velveeta here.
Best for: Satisfying comfort-food cravings; takeout for a crowd or picnic.
Insider tip: The fried chicken wings and waffles on the postmidnight menu hit the spot after a U Street pub crawl.
Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
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