Florida Avenue Grill
When Lacey and Bertha Wilson opened Florida Avenue Grill way back in the 1940s, they envisioned a home-style cafe where you could get a meal any time of the day without selling out big bucks for it. With heaping plates of Southern dinners like smothered fried pork chops and all-day breakfast with options like fish & grits, smoked sausage, eggs, and hotcakes, their vision is still living on past their era of ownership.
Located at the corner of 11th and Florida Avenue, the Florida Avenue Grill, or “The Grill,” is a time-tested diner that opened in 1944. It’s the longest-operating soul food eatery in the city, with quintessential dishes, including an iconic DC half-smoke and Fried Catfish and Grits. Aim to grab a seat by the grill top and watch the line cooks master juggling multiple orders for hungry patrons that typically line up on weekends to snatch a table or barstool inside.
Just three blocks from the U Street Metro Station sits Florida Avenue Grill, affectionately nicknamed “The Grill.” Its deep history with DC starts in 1944, when Lacey C. Wilson Sr. and his wife, Bertha, opened the shop. Now more than 75 years later and owned by Imar Hutchins, it still stands tall and is a local go-to for soul food and all-day breakfast, or to catch a glimpse of history any time of the day.