Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009


Neighborhood: Downtown

Cuisines: Southern, American, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
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

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted


Best Dishes:
Hotcakes; eggs and omelets; collards; sweet potatoes; peas; cabbage.

Special Features: Kid Friendly, Party Space, Breakfast

Florida Avenue Grill: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

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.