Diners at the Florida Avenue Grill soon might have the option to order something harder than soda with their fried chicken, pork chops and other soul food.
For the first time in its 71-year history, the restaurant at 1100 Florida Ave. NW has applied for a liquor license, according to a notice published by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.
Imar Hutchins, who has owned the eatery since 2005, said many of his customers have asked for booze. And without liquor, the grill’s dinner business has become almost “nonexistent,” he said.
“If we want to survive, we have to do it,” he said.
Hutchins said he didn’t know yet what alcoholic drinks he would serve. But the adult beverages wouldn’t become the focus of the restaurant, which has had a dedication to soul food since it opened in 1944.
“We’re not trying to turn it into a bar or anything like that,” he said.
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!
- 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.
Florida Avenue Grill is perfect for a weekend breakfast with wonderful home-style food at a very good price. At the corner of 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW, it has been a fixture in the area for years.
Lauriol Plaza at 1835 18th Street NW is probably one of the best places in town to enjoy Latin American food. Get there early for brunch, lunch or dinner; good prices for the food and service, but it is usually crowded.
“FuckingA” is playing at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW. “A bloody, modern riff on The Scarlet Letter, as only Suzan-Lori Parks could do it–with wicked poetry, biting comic songs and unforgettable style. In ‘Fucking A,’ Parks takes a wild, theatrical carnival ride through a post-apocalyptic future, where an outcast abortionist will do anything to reclaim her lost son.”
See “Tribute To Nina Simone” on Friday, July 3t, at the Bohemian Caverns at 2001 11 Street NW. “Blessed with a beautiful voice and a marvelous craft, Akua Kyerematin’s musical roots run deeply through the blues, jazz and R&B, her style, thus, is a fluid and constantly evolving neo-soul conglomeration that stresses jazz and the blues. Look closely at Akua Kyerematin today, for you will surely be hearing huge things about her tomorrow.”
“Good People, Bad Behavior” is at G Fine Art Gallery, 1515 14th Street NW with works by Tim Bearse, Christiana Caro, Nicholas des Cognets, Benjamin Jurgensen, Ian McMahon, Nataliya Slinko, Hannah Walsh.
“Line Forms Here” is showing at plan b gallery in Borderstan, 1530 14th Street NW. This is a new show: “Line Forms Here – Works in various media with a linear focus,” by Chad Andrews… Amy Davis… Karen Hubacher… Juditha… Arpi Sahr… Melissa Widerkehr… Brian Petro… Greg Minah and Gordon Binder. It opened July 23 and runs through August 23.
“Broadway Rocks!” is Saturday August 1 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA: “The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Hairspray, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Wicked, Tommy and more! Fusion is what it is all about.”
Paul McCartney is at FedEx Field on Saturday August 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Landover, Maryland.
Come out this weekend and celebrate life in Borderstan with two area events. Enjoy food, shopping and great people watching this weekend on 14th Street NW and U Street NW.
First is the “U Street Community Festival.” The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts a community festival this Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U Streets NW. The event is in conjunction with the 10th Annual MidCity Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale weekend and the weekly Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays only).
The 10th Annual MidCity Business Dog Days Sidewalk Sale: Don’t miss this fun event in Logan Circle-Borderstan: tons of sales and activities along the 14th Street Corridor and U Street, NW