Oohhs & Aahhs

1005 U St., NW
Washington, DC 20001


Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw

Cuisines: Soul Food, Southern, American

Opening Hours:
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

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Best Dishes:
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.

Price Details:
Entrees, $7.95 to $24.95.

Cheap Eats 2010: Oohhs & Ahhs

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: The region’s best soul food, dished out from a galley kitchen to customers who josh with chef Oji Abbott as they tear into heaped-high meals. The mac and cheese inspires devotion, fried chicken is the stuff of dreams, and candied yams conjure a homey Thanksgiving dinner.

What to get: Fried chicken; mac and cheese; Cajun-spiced turkey pounded thin and lightly fried; collard greens shot through with vinegar and (surprise) no pork; candied yams.

Best for:
A hearty lunch; a comforting, calories-be-damned takeout dinner.

Insider tip: To serve the U Street bar scene, an after-midnight menu on weekends features chicken and waffles—arguably the best rendition in town.

>> See all 2010 Cheap Eats restaurants here