The sauce that captures the flavor of the District is called mumbo. Few can tell you how it’s made or where it originated, but they know this: If you grew up in one of the mostly African American areas of the city, you’ve probably known the taste your entire life. If you didn’t, you probably have no idea what it is.
A pot of mumbo sauce at the Hamilton hotel in downtown D.C. In the District, the condiment is served at upscale eateries and hole-in-the-wall carryouts. Matt McClain/The Washington Post Buy Photo