1225 19th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American, Deli/Quick Bites
Open Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:15 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Shrimp ’n’ grits; rustic salad; turkey gizzards; crabcake sandwich.
Deli sandwiches, $5.95 to $6.95. Daily specials, $8.95 to $11.75.
Special Features: Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating
A $29.50 bowl of shrimp ’n’ grits, bringing together head-on shrimp, house-made andouille sausage, and sweet-onion ravigote, is the most popular dish at Jeff Buben’s Vidalia. A few blocks away, a humbler rendition of the low-country specialty appears most Thursdays at C.F. Folks, a feisty downtown lunch institution. The shrimp aren’t as photogenic, the sausage isn’t house-made, and instead of ravigote there’s a white-wine sauce, but it’s a tasty, generous plate for $11.95.