Atomosphere: Relaxed, but not really one for the smallest of fry.
Price range: From in-the-baskets at $3.50 to surf 'n' turf at $11.50.
Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Fridays, 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Special facilities: Accessible by wheel-chair. High chairs and booster seats. Free parking lot in front.
Reservations: Not necessary.
Credit Cards: AmericanExpress, Bank of Virginia, Carte Blanche, Central Charge, Diners Club, Master Charge.
It had been one of those bruch-but-lunch Sundays at our house, and by about 7 p.m., allegations of famine were rampant. So without argument, we decided to make Faces on Georgia Avenue NW.
Under its present management, this popular place may not boast all the soul food dishes of the old familiar Face's (which did use an apostrophe in its name) - but what isn't soul is hearty just the same. And for those bodies content to make do with half-soul fare (diners who pretty much stick to their ribs), the going is great.
Our foursome was barely in the door when the host greeted us warmly and ushered us to a pleasantly candlelit table. It was fairly quiet in this chandeliered, walnut-paneled room - but not really somber. You did get the impression, though, that it was more suited to kids above, say, 7 years old, than for the under-the-chairs brigade.
This area is but a part of a larger room, with a circular bar separating the dining set from the sipper club.
It took our son, 11, and daughter, 8, a combined total of 30 seconds to announce their selections. But since we weren't exactly holding time trials, we took their opinion of two Shirley Temples and two malt libations.
Nevertheless, all attempts to conduct a scintillating family conversation somehow kept returning to the subject of food and how nice it would be to have some.
So much for half-baked repartee - it was replaced with the $3.50 chicken in the basket, fries, rolls and butter for our daughter and the same thing in shrimp, at the same price, for her brother.
No mini-baskets, these: From our offspring chicken expect came giddy word that there were four - count 'em, four - delicious pieces. And from the auditor of the other basket the report referred to "tons" of shrimp.
I, too, had chicken, but sans basket. The platter, at $4.50, comes with two choices from a variety of selections: collard greens, limas, string beans, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, candied yams or rice. Now, I'm no yam fan, but these were a surprise treat along with the fine chicken and a dish of string beans.
Even more noteworthy were the "swett and spicy" barbecued spare ribs, at $4.95, which my wife had ordered with mashed potatoes and string beans. Heaven knows what goes into that marvelous sweet-and-hot sauce, but it's a perfect way to bathe a batch of ribs.
If we'd any bone to pick at all, three of us might easily have enjoyed something more than the microscopic morsels grudgingly given up by my wife. Certainly hers was a generous enough portion; it was just her insistence that every rib was too good to be spare.
It was all for the better, actually, for by the time we'd each devastated our own respective servings, we failed to muster even a lone vote for dessert. Our genial host, who'd done several fly-overs during the evening to inquire how we were faring, seemed to understand. Two coffees was it.
Before waddling off toto the parking lot, however, we did jot down some of the other menu offerings. They include sea-food or crab cake platter, at $6.95, sandwiches and salads in the $2 to $3.75, steaks from $6.95 to $7.95, or surf 'n' turf (lobster and filet mignon), at $11.50.
Our own successful combination of selections added up to $21.76 plus tip. With Faces-savings like that, a family can come out financially whole and fully fed.