Mélange chef/owner Elias Taddesse shows off his Ethiopian-influenced fried chicken sandwich. Photograph courtesy Edens.
Creole on 14th
3345 14th St., NW
Po’ Boy Jim co-founder and chef Jeffeary Miskiri was looking to offer something slightly more refined at this New Orleans-inspired spot in Columbia Heights. The Southern and Creole menu features starters like oysters “Roc a Fella” or crab-topped deviled eggs and entrees such as panko-crusted spiced lamb chops or ribeyes with garlic butter. Brunch is also big, with shrimp and grits, jambalaya omelettes, and bottomless mimosas or Creole punch.
In A Minute Cafe
9244 East Hampton Dr., #203, Capitol Heights
Reginald Otis Mack—better known as Chef ROM (pronounced “Rome”)—started his cooking career by posting photos of his food on Facebook and Instagram and selling it out of his home. The business grew into a catering company and food truck, and as of July, a soul-food restaurant in Capitol Heights,