Have you ever looked for food on Yelp and decide to try a new spot, then you show up and it does not look like the image you had in your head? That is Sunrise Restaurant. Sunrise is a family owned Caribbean restaurant in Washington D.C. When you walk in, the authentic decor, Caribbean music, and the freshness of the food creates a comfortable, family oriented ambiance.

Let’s get into why they are a hidden gem:

Jerk Chicken, Rice and Beans, Mac and Cheese
  • The taste of Sunrise’s food is ridiculously good. Caribbean food is known for its flavors and spices, which is exactly what Sunrise provides. From the oxtail to the jerk sauce to the plantains, everything is seasoned with love!
  • Sunrise has Vegan options, and i’m talking about the whole shabang. Their is no let up in terms of flavor between their vegan jerk, curry, and stew! Also, they put their foot in that vegan Mac N’ Cheese. You have to try it!
  • Sunrise gives you enough food to eat for the rest of the day. I never leave this place still hungry. If you give good portions, then I will always stan.

Happy Friday! I hope your day is filed with happiness, gratitude, and food! Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo, because NOW I AM HUNGRY! If you want to be featured on the next Foodie Friday instead of drooling over someone else’s photos, please message me your photos on Instagram @marseatss or email me at marseats1@gmail.com. #CameraEatsFirst

Shrimp & Chicken Chorizo Pasta

Top 5. Top 5. Top 5.

Since moving to D.C. and eating at Busboys and Poets, my life has changed for the better. This food will make you dance, call your mom, and stay there until they turn off the lights on you. Let’s talk about 5 reasons why you NEED to go!

  1. The food here is appetizing! I love the variety of dishes they provide. From nachos to paninis to pastas, they cater to every crowd. I have not found a dish that does not go crazy yet. I must say that the shrimp & chicken chorizo pasta sits on my mind often!
  2. VEGAN FRIENDLY! To my friends who are vegan, Busboys and Poets has some the best vegan comfort food you will try. A snippet of their vegan options consist of nachos, Korean barbecue “beef” sandwich, and mac n’ cheese!
  3. The ambiance of their restaurants is always smooth! As you walk in, you will immediately feel like you’re a part of a community. Busboys and Poets is filled with great books, soulful music, and cozy seating. You may not know who works there at first, but all of the employees are kind and vibrant.
  4. The uniqueness of Busboys and Poets sets it apart from most restaurants. You could walk in and buy Becoming by Michelle Obama, chow down on shrimp and grits, and perform a free verse poem all before you leave. Their culture is what makes them.
  5. Busboys and Poets stands up for the community as well. They bring together racial and cultural connections through up providing a space for everyone to come together. They believe that building a community around shared dialogues over food and drinks creates meaningful and lasting relationships.

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The country has been going crazy for the past 3 weeks trying to obtain a Popeyes’ chicken sandwich after social media exploded. After Popeyes created beef between themselves and Chick-Fil-A on social media, people obviously have to get their hands on the sandwich immediately to see for themselves! So, it is only right that we can compare Popeyes to the King of Chicken Sandwiches, aka Chick-Fil-A. Lets dig in!

I have some necessary categories for us to look at before I make my final decision.

  • Chicken Filet
    • Popeyes: The spicy filet was FIRE. The filet was juicy and breaded impeccably. With every bite, I had to look at the sandwich because I was falling in love.
    • Chick-Fil-A: Their filets are consistent. I always know what I am getting when I go here. A nice size filet that is breaded lighter than Popeyes but gets the taste buds excited every time.
  • Sauce
    • Popeyes: As I was eating the spicy sandwich, I deeply appreciated the spicy mayonnaise that showed up to the party. The balance between filet and sauce was great! However, other Popeyes’ sauces also made the sandwich great to dip in. I recommend the blackened ranch or sweet heat.
    • Chick-Fil-A: If I have to tell you how good Chick-Fil-A’s sauces are, then this article is not for you. But seriously, I enjoy the variety of sauces they provide since they are all great. You can freak the sandwich by spreading the sauce on the bun or dipping the sandwich.
  • Pickle
    • Popeyes: I can not stress this enough, but that pickle on the spicy sandwich was better than any pickle you have been served. I am not a big pickle fan, however that pickle paired with the sandwich PERFECTLY. It had a nice crunch and complimented the sauce too!
    • Chick-Fil-A: Their pickles are decent. They are not crispy and juicy but do add an extra layer of flavor. They aren’t something to rave about, therefore I must say they could take notes from Popeyes on this one.
Popeye’s Spciy Sandwich

IN THE END: Popeyes definitely presented an adrenaline rush for me after all the hype. The sandwich was absolutely delicious. It was a bit more heavy than the Chick-Fil-A sandwich though. The Chick-Fil-A sandwich is like wife material. It is consistent and proven itself to you over time. The Popeyes’ sandwich was like the person you met at the club. Looks attractive and everything seems perfect, because you just met each other. That sparkle may fade since you have not been on other dates yet. Let me know how you all feel! #CameraEatsFirst

Hello! I am Marcus Hall. I am a senior Marketing major at Howard University. I am also a 6 foot 7 inch 21 year old college student who loves to eat! I am currently living in Washington, D.C. Not only do I eat a lot of food, but I also eat at a lot different restaurants.

Mars Eats! will serve as a blog covering Grab N’ Go food, Wine N’ Dine, and friend submission Fridays. I am a millennial with an expensive appetite but lives off a budget. Going out to eat may be my favorite type of date because even if we do not connect after this date, I still had something delicious to eat. Life Hack: never order the same thing your friend is ordering. With that being said, LETS DIG IN! #CameraEatsFirst