Torrie's at Wilson

$$$$ ($14 and under)

Editorial Review

At this comfy diner, directly across from Howard University Hospital in Shaw, more than 100 photos of celebrities line the walls. Since its opening in 1994, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Bill Clinton have been among those in search of a hearty meal.

Owner John S. Goodwin says the fragrant chitterlings ($6.95) sell out every day. But the most popular selection on the menu is Torrie's Famous Steak & Egg breakfast ($7.95; available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.). It's easy to see why. Like the restaurant, the dish is named for Goodwin's daughter, and it consists of a tender, marinated rib-eye with a mild vinegar flavor alongside two large cooked-to-order eggs and a fluffy biscuit. "We buy the best and handle a great piece of meat the way it should be handled," Goodwin says.

--Walter Nicholls (October 10, 2007)