The Howard Theatre
620 T Street Northwest
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Nearby Metro Stops: Shaw-Howard University
New York chef Marcus Samuelsson designed the menu for the Southern buffet at this weekly event ($35 in advance, $45 at the door; à la carte option $20 in advance, $30 at the door), where a well-heeled post-church crowd loads up on scrambled eggs, bacon, and waffles along with such lunch-leaning dishes as fried chicken, creamy macaroni and cheese, and slow-cooked greens. The food is satisfying, but the main attraction is onstage: Each week, the Harlem Gospel Choir belts out songs as the audience sings, claps, and dances along. The show swings from stunning solos to upbeat classics like “O Happy Day, ” during which brave audience members take the stage and sing a verse or two. Arrive early—seats are first come, first served. Sunday 12:30 to 2:30 (doors open at noon).