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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.

Capitol Hill Crab Cakes

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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.

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Artdrenaline Cafe

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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.

Tony's Place

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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

Good Hope Carry Out

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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.

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Turning Natural

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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.

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Mama's Pizza Kitchen

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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.

Cheers at The Big Chair

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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

Uniontown Bar and Grill

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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.

Caribbean Citations

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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.

Capitol Hill Crab Cakes

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.

Photo by Ray D. / Yelp

Artdrenaline Cafe

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.

Tony's Place

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.

Tony's Place DC exterior The outside of Tony's Place. Photo by Kia D. / Yelp

Good Hope Carry Out

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.

Photo by Mike W. / Yelp

Turning Natural

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.

Photo by Eze W. / Yelp

Mama's Pizza Kitchen

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.

Cheers at The Big Chair

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.

CABG DC wings Crab-topped fries and chicken wings at Cheers at the Big Chair. Photo by Spencer H. / Yelp

Uniontown Bar and Grill

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.

Caribbean Citations

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.

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