Just in time for Father’s Day here are several African-American owned venues to appeal to all types of dads in Washington area to celebrate your father on his special day.
The more sophisticated tavern right next door to the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street is owned by the same owners, the Ali’s. Your dad will appreciate you saving him from have to stand in the tourist lines for a half-smoke on Father’s Day when you take him for a real sit down meal at Ben’s Next Door. Wait-staff are friendly serving full lunch, brunch and dinner menus. Dinner menu ranges from Caesar salads, crab cakes, and surf and turf. Dish you might pass over but is worth a try? The chicken soup. You will almost think your mom made it! And yes you can order a half-smoke with chili from next door.
1211 U St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009 Tel: 202-667-8880
Dress: Business Casual
If Dad’s an Iron Chef fan take him to Kora in Crystal City. Former Iron Chef Morou named this restaurant and boutique dinning venue after his daughter-Kora. The menu is new Italian and Chef Morou (originally from the Ivory Coast) takes pride in presentation and atmosphere in this hip modern eatery. The long illuminated bar, open expansive dining room and sidewalk patio provide ample seating options. Menu items range from innovative pastas to classic Italian dishes like chicken parmesan and small pizzas. The restaurant also features “Farrah Olivia” a private dining/chef’s table experience inside of Kora for a special prix fixe based on reservations. www.korarestaurant.com. 2250-B Crystal Drive, Arlington, 22202. Tel: (571) 431-7093.
Dress: Business Casual/Casual
Cuisine: Contemporary Southern
Your Dad may remember its predecessor, the little take out on Colesville Road in Silver Spring that was destroyed by fire years ago. But he may not recognize the newest Carolina Kitchen located in Hyattsville. With its large dining room, bar and lounge, Carolina Kitchen owner, Lance London, takes things up a notch. The menu is slightly different from the Largo, Maryland location. This Prince George’s County location features more seafood entrees, but you can still get the same house specialties and homemade desserts. Dish that you can’t miss: collard greens!
6501 America Blvd, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782 Tel: (301) 927-2929 or Carolina Kitchen at 800C Shoppers Way, Largo, 20774 Tel: (301) 927-2929
TDB - Timothy Dean Burger
Dress: Very Casual
Cuisine: Contemporary Southern
Celebrity Chef Timothy Dean has opened up a gourmet burger shop in the Boulevard at the Capital Center in Largo. If laid back casual dining featuring Dean’s big burgers sounds like your Dad’s idea of fine dining, you can’t go wrong at TDB. There are no stuffy waiters or white table clothes here to get in the way to some serious burgers and pizza. Bottles of Jamaican sodas and onion rings are also highlights on the menu. Not is miss item: turkey burgers. They are almost good enough to make you think they are beef (almost). Why? Because sometimes all Dad wants is a GOOD burger.
801 G Shoppers Way, Largo, 20774, Tel: 301.808.CHEF (2433)
While not a restaurant, it is African American owned. Leave the neck tie gifts at Nordstrom and give Dad the gift of a different experience for Father’s Day. Spend the day with him this Saturday or Sunday touring the vineyard, tasting wines and smoking stogies! Toast him at the Father’s Day Weekend Cigar and Wine Pairing. Cost: $20.00. Hours 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Located about 2 hours and 45 minutes from D.C. near Charlottesville, Va. www.sugarleafvineyards.com/ Sugarleaf Vineyards,
3613 Walnut Branch Lane, North Garden, Va., 22959 Tel: 434-984-4272
Cheers to you and Dad!
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