Cheap Eats 2009: Oohhs & Aahhs

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: Soul-food joints abound, but none is as appealing as this bustling operation, a joint effort of friends Indiah Wilson and Oji Abbott. For all the heft of the portions, this is detail-driven cooking—from the blend of spices in the fried chicken to the creamy softness of the mac and cheese.

What to get: Definitive Southern-fried chicken (almost exclusively meaty wings); collard greens; the mac and cheese of your dreams; pounded breast of turkey slathered with Cajun seasonings and deep-fried; egg-fortified sweet potatoes.

Best for: Late-night refueling; a quick dinner.

Insider tip: After midnight on weekends, there’s chicken and waffles—a glorious way to split the difference between dinner and breakfast.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

>> See all 2009 Cheap Eats restaurants here 

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.