Florida Avenue Grill
1100 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Cuisines: Southern, Breakfast, American
Open Tuesday through Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 8 to 4:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Hotcakes; eggs and omelets; collards; sweet potatoes; peas; cabbage.
Special Features: Kid Friendly, Party Space, Breakfast
It’s easy to find a place to grab a plate of eggs and bacon. The reason to snag a stool at this scruffy diner near Howard University is to experience a cultural touchstone. The neighborhood has changed, but this greasy spoon stands as a reminder of the days when U Street was a bastion of black Washington. The cooking—fried eggs and a half-smoke; a buttery biscuit smothered in gravy; grits capped with a thick pat of butter—is serviceable at best, though generous and filling. Every dish is enhanced by the sense of time travel, not to mention the museum-like display of signed celebrity photos, from Janet Reno to Ludacris. Tuesday through Saturday 8 am to 9 pm, Sunday 8 to 4:30.