Florida Avenue Grill Serves Up Breakfast Right

by Borderstan.com August 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm 1,334 8 Comments

Florida Avenue Grill, Luis Gomez Photos

Since 1944: Florida Avenue Grill  is at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Email her at [email protected]

Paula Deen and her love of butter ain’t got nothin’ on Florida Avenue Grill. Tucked away on the corner of Florida Ave and 11th Street, far from the hubub and hipsters on U Street, this shot gun diner has been serving up simple, traditional Southern breakfasts since 1944.

Make no mistakes. This isn’t brunch. This isn’t bottomless mimosas. This isn’t “pan seared pork belly with a berry balsamic reduction.” This is eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy and grits.

Leave your diet at the door, not only is everything cooked in butter the cook pours on an extra tablespoon or two of melted butter on top of your dish as it makes its way to your table.

Or maybe your seat at the counter. Large parties and ladies who brunch beware. You’ll likely wait for a four top, but if it’s just you and a compadre you can belly up almost immediately at the long counter where you can watch all the butter-ific cooking go down.

For those of you who sleep late… really late… on the weekends, don’t fret. Florida Avenue Grill is one of the few places in town that serves breakfast until 4:30 p.m. Whether you’ve lived in D.C. for 10 years or 10 days, if you haven’t been to this greasy spoon, hustle down there this weekend and get in line for a breakfast that you won’t regret!

Florida Avenue Grill

  • Where Am I Going? 1100 Florida Avenue NW (corner of Florida Avenue and 11th Street NW)
  • When Am I Going? Breakfast served until 1:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday; until 3:30 pm Friday; and until 4:30 pm on weekends. They also serve lunch and supper and Florida Avenue Grill is open until 9 pm Tuesday through Saturday (closing time is 4:30 pm on Sunday). Closed Mondays.
  • Paycheck Pain? Pain? There’s no pain. This place is cheaper than Washingtonian’s Cheap Eats edition.
  • Say What?  Everyone can talk to each other just fine… just expect someone from the kitchen to yell occasionally about fresh biscuits or to hustle on that diet coke.
  • What You’ll Be Eating:  Pancakes, biscuits, sausage gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage… breakfast fare… in butter.

  • Mandy

    So, Do they use butter Alejandra?

    “the cook pours on an extra tablespoon or two of melted butter on top of your dish as it makes its way to your table”

    REALLY !!?? That’s interesting, I’ve never seen the cook there pour a tablespoon or two of melted butter over my bacon and eggs after it’s been plated.

    Question, Have you actually ever eaten there?

    Something tells me you need to stick to your reviewing of brunches with bottomless mimosas, and pan seared pork belly with a berry balsamic reduction.

    • Florida Avenue Gill is a favorite of the editors here at Borderstan. In fact we had breakfast there last Saturday — with Alejandra.

  • Mandy

    P.S. To Borderstan readers…
    Don’t let “The Color Purple” photo (on the HomePage) scare you…plenty of white people can always be found having a delightful mid-day or weekend country breakfast at Florida Avenue Grill.

  • Mandy

    Good to know. Shame it appears the only thing Alejandra brought back from the experience was an ability to over use the word “butter” (5 times to be exact).
    She clearly doesn’t share your sentiment about Florida Avenue Grill.

    To your readers: I have phoned Florida Avenue Grill this morning to get a response on the “the cook pours on an extra tablespoon or two of melted butter on top of your dish as it makes its way to your table” claim and this claim has been flatly denied from the restaurant.

    Great to know that the claim from Alejandra wasn’t an oversight on my part from the many meals I’ve had at Florida Avenue Grill.

    • Hi Mandy – I’ve been to Florida Ave Grill many times since I moved to DC nearly a decade ago. Not only have I seen them pour butter on my grits before they serve it, but so have my dining partners. We all have different dining experiences even at the same locations though so who knows! The point was to highlight a great, inexpensive breakfast in Borderstan and I think we can all agree Florida Avenue Grill does indeed deliver on that much!

      • Mandy

        Ahhhh, I see. It’s grits you are talking about. More clarity in your review, would have been helpful as I was certain butter wasn’t drizzled on top of my most recent BLT as you made it seem.

        What restaurant that serves grits doesn’t drizzle butter on top of their grits? None I know, or would want to eat at. It’s as country American as Apple Pie drizzled with Vanilla Ice Cream.

  • minnesota60

    I grew up in the rural Midwest — lots of eggs, fried potatoes, pork. I LOVE Florida Ave Grill. There are a lot of similarities in country food between the South and the Midwest. The biscuits with sausage gravy are a must-have. Thanks, Alejandra, for reviewing FAG. However, they have a lot of business, so I doubt they need the publicity!

  • The Bobster

    Wow! Was that really necessary? I’m white and yeah, I eat there about once a month. Yes, other white people go there, too. Who are you, Mandy? Courtland Milloy?


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