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A Neighborhood Guide to Dining in Anacostia

This historic neighborhood has a vibrant food scene

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Some might say Anacostia is "on the rise" or "up and coming" but those people are wrong.

This historic neighborhood east of the Anacostia River has always maintained a vibrant, tight-knit feel. Much of that community now centers around food. This is the place for crab-loaded fries, chicken wings doused in mumbo sauce, and fresh Jamaican food.

Near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road, there are corner bars and juice bars, legendary takeout spots, and even a restaurant that will discount your next meal if the meter maid slaps you with a fine.

Some know the area simply as originally Uniontown, or the later-in-life home of Frederick Douglass. The less familiar, might know it as the place with that really big chair. But more and more Anacostia is becoming a food neighborhood.

And more restaurants are on the way. Neighbors are awaiting the opening of a new Busboys & Poets, and there are several mixed use developments with retail and restaurant space on the way. What's in store for Anacostia future? Plenty of delicious food, of course.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Artdrenaline Cafe

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1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
Brunch is best served alongside local works of art. On Sundays for just $20, the Artdrenaline Cafe, located inside the Anacostia Art Center, serves an unlimited brunch with an omelette station, hot bar, and fresh smoothies and juices.

2. Cheers at The Big Chair

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2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
(202) 678-3738
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The Big Chair reopened recently under new management and now it's serving up seafood, sandwiches, bar fare, and coffee.
CABG DC wings Crab-topped fries and chicken wings at Cheers at the Big Chair. Photo by Spencer H. / Yelp

3. Capitol Hill Crab Cakes

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1243 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
Did somebody say crab fries? At Capitol Hill Crab Cakes, the loaded crab meat french fries are a must. Keep a look out for the door, which doubles as a chalk board menu featuring daily specials. The prices are reasonable, the crab meat is jumbo lump, and it's the only place in town with a Marion Barry fried chicken sandwich.
Photo by Ray D. / Yelp

4. Mama's Pizza Kitchen

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2028 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020
Mama's is the place to visit before the big game. It's dine-in or take-out with pizza and wings served either by the 10- or 20-count.

5. Turning Natural

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2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
(202) 800-8828
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If a juice cleanse is needed, then Turning Natural is the place. Order the King Kong Kale, a gorilla-sized smoothie with apples, ginger, kale, celery, collards, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, pineapple, and lemon.
Photo by Eze W. / Yelp

6. Uniontown Bar and Grill

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2200 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020
What's the sign of a good local bar? How about cocktails named for everyone from Chuck Brown to Martin Luther King, Jr.? And, even more refreshing, these are premium cocktails at a price point that's pretty reasonable for D.C.— $9.

7. Good Hope Carry Out

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1350 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
(202) 678-7383
Some argue Good Hope Carry-Out sets the standard for chicken wings with mumbo sauce. This is a no-frills takeout, where the wings come served extra sauced and with a side of fries.
Photo by Mike W. / Yelp

8. Caribbean Citations

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1208 Maple View Pl SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
At Caribbean Citations, diners can cash in on a motor vehicle misfortune by turning a traffic ticket into a meal ticket. The restaurant discounts dishes, like its oxtail, curry goat, and jerk chicken for those who present a valid D.C. parking ticket.

9. Tony's Place

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1400 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
Tony's Place is a reliable breakfast and lunch deli where the neighborhood meets in the morning. Breakfast specials include grits, French toast, and a ribeye steak and egg sandwich. At lunch look for the Salisbury steak special.
Tony's Place DC exterior The outside of Tony's Place. Photo by Kia D. / Yelp

1. Artdrenaline Cafe

1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
Brunch is best served alongside local works of art. On Sundays for just $20, the Artdrenaline Cafe, located inside the Anacostia Art Center, serves an unlimited brunch with an omelette station, hot bar, and fresh smoothies and juices.
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020

2. Cheers at The Big Chair

2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
CABG DC wings Crab-topped fries and chicken wings at Cheers at the Big Chair. Photo by Spencer H. / Yelp
The Big Chair reopened recently under new management and now it's serving up seafood, sandwiches, bar fare, and coffee.
2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

3. Capitol Hill Crab Cakes

1243 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
Photo by Ray D. / Yelp
Did somebody say crab fries? At Capitol Hill Crab Cakes, the loaded crab meat french fries are a must. Keep a look out for the door, which doubles as a chalk board menu featuring daily specials. The prices are reasonable, the crab meat is jumbo lump, and it's the only place in town with a Marion Barry fried chicken sandwich.
1243 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

4. Mama's Pizza Kitchen

2028 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
Mama's is the place to visit before the big game. It's dine-in or take-out with pizza and wings served either by the 10- or 20-count.
2028 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020

5. Turning Natural

2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
Photo by Eze W. / Yelp
If a juice cleanse is needed, then Turning Natural is the place. Order the King Kong Kale, a gorilla-sized smoothie with apples, ginger, kale, celery, collards, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, pineapple, and lemon.
2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

6. Uniontown Bar and Grill

2200 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
What's the sign of a good local bar? How about cocktails named for everyone from Chuck Brown to Martin Luther King, Jr.? And, even more refreshing, these are premium cocktails at a price point that's pretty reasonable for D.C.— $9.
2200 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020

7. Good Hope Carry Out

1350 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
Photo by Mike W. / Yelp
Some argue Good Hope Carry-Out sets the standard for chicken wings with mumbo sauce. This is a no-frills takeout, where the wings come served extra sauced and with a side of fries.
1350 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

8. Caribbean Citations

1208 Maple View Pl SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
At Caribbean Citations, diners can cash in on a motor vehicle misfortune by turning a traffic ticket into a meal ticket. The restaurant discounts dishes, like its oxtail, curry goat, and jerk chicken for those who present a valid D.C. parking ticket.
1208 Maple View Pl SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

9. Tony's Place

1400 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
Tony's Place DC exterior The outside of Tony's Place. Photo by Kia D. / Yelp
Tony's Place is a reliable breakfast and lunch deli where the neighborhood meets in the morning. Breakfast specials include grits, French toast, and a ribeye steak and egg sandwich. At lunch look for the Salisbury steak special.
1400 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

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