Monday, December 28, 2009

Where do you get your good eats in River East?

Where do you go in River East to get some 'yummy for your tummy'? Although our current options for sit down restaurants are somewhat limited,  there are some really good small business dining options such as Fireside Grill in Historic Anacostia (love the beef patties and curry chicken).

So whether its the hot bar at Giant, Cole's Cafe IHOP or the chinese carryout around the corner, where do you go in River East to get some good eats? Inquiring minds (and tummies) want to know.


DG-rad said...

Cole's Cafe has bee closed for a while now for "renovations" ... that aren't happening. Rumor has it it was a health code thing.

Honestly I Very Rarely eat anything from River East. Sad, but I don't eat takeout Chinese and fried food just because it's close by.

This past spring I had an event catered by MLK Deli, which I consider to be one of the best / most legit food places in River East.

then again, I really only know Anacostia, Fairlawn, and Congress Heights.

DG-rad said...

and ya I know Fireside Grill has made an effort but is it so much to ask for food that hasn't been stewing all day and isn't served in a take-out container?

The Advoc8te said...

You must have been reading my mind about Fireside. I like the food - well the beef patties and the curry chicken but I really was tempted to mention to the owner that he really needs to rethink his packaging. The first time I was there (with another blogger) we decided to eat in the shop and I was surprised that we both still got those styrofoam containers. It really diminished the experience. Little things like that go a long way in the dining experience.

I keep forgetting Cole's Cafe has been closed for "remnovation". I think your explenation is probably spot on because I can't think of the last time I saw it open.

I agree with you about MLK Deli I have had their food at a few events but they are right on MLK Avenue in CH and I must have gone to their store about 5 times and they are never open and these are peak times when you wold think a store would be open and they never seem to keep constant business hours - the same thing with "So Good" that they also own. My thoughts are that they are really missing out on business just because they aren't open consistently enough and during high traffic days and hours.

I will admit - I've never eaten at a chinese carryout here and I probably never will.

Any one else have any food recommendations?

The Advoc8te said...

One more thing. I don't patron any business that makes me hand them my money through a slot in a window or bullet proof glass. If it's too dangerous to take my money without making me feel like a criminal then it is time for that business to relocate - I am not going to be made to feel like I have been priveledged to be served. That is my primary beef with the current takeouts in my neighborhood - that and I have serious concerns about their ability to pass a health code inspection.

Anonymous said...

I've heard Pimento Grill in SE is the city's metro area's Jamaican. Haven't made it out yet.

The Advoc8te said...

In case anyone was wondering I googled Pimento Grill:

4405 Bowen Road SE
(between S Ridge Rd & S 45th Pl)
Washington, DC 20019

(202) 582-6595

I haven't eaten there but I heard about it. So that makes at least 3 Jamaocam spots in the area. Fireside, Pimento and Negril ( replaced Tropicana) on Alabama Ave in Ward 7.

Has anyone seen a bakery? We really need a bakery. I would really love to open a shop over here. There are so many options, very little competition, a great customer basis and real estate prices are pretty good.

The Advoc8te said...

Found a review of Pimento Grill done by East of the River Magazine:

LittleTortilla stays in DC said...

I started a River East business list a while back.

As far as Cole's Cafe a friend of mine is working with them to revamp what they are doing. I'll ask if I can share with you.

LittleTortilla stays in DC said...

I have mixed feelings about handing money through the glass. The business owners have a right to protect their lively hood. Most of them are scraping by as it is. For example Cole's Cafe has been robbed so many times. So I don't blame the businesses.

However, I'm sure there are more inviting ways for them to be safe. I wish the Congress Heights Main Streets wasn't defunt. It's their job to work on these types of issues.

My partner set up a meeting with the head. The guy basically suspected him of having ill intentions. We had a business in NW for a short time and wanted to relocate it to Ward 8 where we live and got the cold shoulder from most business groups in the community.

The Advoc8te said...

Don't get me started on the Congress Heights Main Streets. I have many questions/concerns about them. I can't understand how out of a $250k grant only 40k is going to improve main street businesses and the rest to "administrative" costs.

Deanwoodenizen said...

LittleTortilla, please check out and contact the Deanwood Heights Main Streets. It serves the neighborhood surrounding Nannie Helen Burroughs and Sheriff Rd and there are some spots that could be rented or you could supply the corner stores or set up a cool vendor cart a la a on the fly or sweetgreen., 202-621-2288.

Deanwoodenizen said...

I recall Mama Cole's experiencing financial troubles, too. I hope it does come back. It would be a place to get good home cookin'! I've eaten at Player's Lounge (aka Georgene's) at MLK across from St. E's east campus--good & delicious soul food. Lastly, keep an eye out for W7's Ray's the Steaks, Minnesota & Dix NE!

The Advoc8te said...

I've heard that the food at Player's Lounge is really good but I haven't gone there myself - to be honest I think that is because I find the lack of storefront windows to not be very inviting. From the exterior it looks more like a members only club (or a strip club) than a restuarant which is a shame because from what everyone says the food is really good. Hopefully in 2010 I will be able to pay it a visit.

AnacostiaYogini said...

The only place is the Marvin Gaye's Farmer's Market. I want to try the Secrets of Nature place. Good post!

Urban Architect said...

Pimento Grill is the best Jamaican spot in the city...Hands down. I'm all about supporting Fireside, but you can't knock Pimento....friendly service, great selection...I fell in love the first time I went!

And when I drove by Big Chair today....I saw they had taken the brown paper off the windows, and even though it's tinted, I could see lights on inside....could there be an opening planned sometime soon?