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February 6, 2023

Explore Black-Owned Restaurants in DC

by Samantha Huff

In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting Black-owned restaurants within the District and the ways you can get to them sustainably. Maybe you already have your favorites or are looking to try something new; either way, enjoying delightful cuisine at these restaurants is an opportunity to explore and indulge. It’s an excellent opportunity to celebrate Black History Month, and by traveling sustainably, it can have a lasting impact on our environment and communities. We hope you continue to explore Black-owned restaurants and businesses, not just in February but all year long.

Creole on 14th 3345 14th St., NW

This New Orleans-inspired Columbia Heights restaurant creates unique dishes that will have you feeling like you’re on Bourbon Street when you dine on oxtail stew, crab-topped deviled eggs, shrimp and grits, or their fabulous brunch seafood omelets. It’s the place where ‘elegance and Southern charm meets DC.’

How to get there:

  • Capital Bikeshare
    • 14th & Newton St NW
    • Park Rd & Holmead Pl NW
  • Metrobus – 52, 54, 59

Georgia Browns 950 15th St NW

Georgia Brown’s offers McPherson Square a diverse southern experience with fine southern hospitality and low country cuisine. The appetizers alone will have your mouth watering with their fried green tomatoes or Ma Browns Biscuits with bacon jam and peach honey butter. Move on to jumbo lump crab cakes with jalapeno cream corn, buttermilk fried chicken with smoked turkey collards, or Farm-Raised Catfish. All these Southern indulgences are sure to delight your tastebuds.

How to get there:

  • Capital Bikeshare
    • 15th & K St NW
    • Vermont Ave & I St NW
  • Metrobus – 3Y, 32, 33, 36, 601, 611, 80, 715, 725, B10, B20, B30, B40, D6, D-100, DC316Y, G8, L-100, S2
  • Metrorail – Orange and Blue line to McPherson Square, Red line to Farragut North

 

HalfSmoke 651 Florida Avenue NW

HalfSmoke is a unique design that incites the senses with its robust menu and outrageously creatively named entrees. Try the Cash App Me cinnamon toast crunch French toast or the Easy Like Sunday turkey sausage smoked cheddar cheese breakfast sandwich. Have the laid-back Netflix & Chill skillet roasted mac n’ cheese with crispy chicken and sip on a Hotline Bling signature milkshake complete with strawberry and tequila! With three distinct menus, all-day dining, bottomless brunch, and bottomless happy hour, there is something to offer everyone!

How to get there:

    • Capital Bikeshare
      • 7th & T Street NW
      • 7th & S Street NW
    • Metrobus – 70
    • Metrorail – Take the Green/Yellow Line to Shaw-Howard U station.

Art and Soul 415 New Jersey Ave NW

The newly redesigned décor and cuisine are situated inside YOTEL Washington DC, creating diverse modern-American dishes. They source locally from the Chesapeake Bay and offer three meals a day to a divine wine bar that is as extensive as its menu! Think lemon pancakes with fresh berries, a twelve-hour smoked pulled pork sandwich, handmade tagliatelle with roasted mushrooms, or grilled swordfish. The variety is endless.

How to get there:

  • Capital Bikeshare
    • New Jersey Ave & F St NW
  • Metrobus – D6, 230, 250, 281, 481, 483, 484, 486, 681, 735, 850, 881, 883, 884, 885, 886

Family Ethiopia Restaurant 1414 9th St NW

This family-owned Ethiopian restaurant serves the finest modern Ethiopian food with various comfort dishes. Try the lamb soup Yebeg Kikil, fried Tilapia Asa Tibs, or tasty Gomen Besega, which is sizzling beef and collard greens. Located near Logan Circle in NW DC, they also have vegan and vegetarian options like Shiro Wot, finely ground roasted chickpeas, or their Family Vegetarian special, offering a delicious repertoire of specialties.

How to get there:

  • Capital Bikeshare
    • 14th & Newton St NW
    • Park Rd & Holmead Pl NW
  • Metrobus – 52, 54, 59

Rawish 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

RAWish is the “realest, raw, vegan, restaurant you’ve ever seen.” Located in the Western Market, you can experience raw healthy food options such as a Pitaya Berry smoothie bowl; Toona Toast with Avo mash and Sunflower Seed Toona; Spicy Chickpea Salad; or a delightful Refresh cold-pressed juice with Pineapple, Mint, Apple, and Blue Spirulina. All menu items are deliciously fresh and tasty.

How to get there:

  • Capital Bikeshare
    • 21st & I St NW
  • Metrobus – 32, 22, 36, 38B, 715, 810, 820, 830, 840
  • Metro – Red to Farragut North

These are just a few amazing Black-owned restaurants in the District. Take your desire for delicious food and search the internet for your taste de jour, then plan your travel accordingly with goDCgo’s interactive map. In addition to Capital Bikeshare, DC Circulator, DC Streetcar, Metrobus, and Metrorail options, you can travel by dockless scooter, bike, or moped. Simply download the mobile app for your operator of choice: Lime, Lyft, Spin, or Veo. Learn more about dockless vehicles.

Are you aware of a Black-owned restaurant in the District that we can add to the list? Email [email protected] to let us know!



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