Stick Fingers Sweets & Eats is the home delicious vegan treats that have also won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars twice. Let’s get into it:

  • Sticky Fingers has been one of my favorite dessert places since moving to D.C. They put together some of the best looking cupcakes you will ever see. Besides their looks, they love to take risks with their combinations. For them to be 100% vegan, I could eat 100 cupcakes right now and still not believe non-animal products were used. My favorite standouts from their menu are peanut butter fudge cupcakes, cherry blossom cupcakes, and sticky buns! They also serve a few brunch items on the weekends such as pancakes, french toast, and biscuits & gravy.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, I advise that you try everything. Sorry for the terrible advice, but you will not regret it. The flavors from the cupcakes are immaculate. They won Cupcake Wars for a reason, so go be fat and try these cupcakes. Since they all taste so good, I always have a hard time deciding what to get. I walk in and just stare at the options like..

Call Your Mother Deli defies what a typical deli is. They are here serving great Jewish foods with a twist! Let’s get into it:

  • Off the rip, you can notice the fun environment inside with their bright colors, funky seats, and decorative menus. The place is also perfect for a nice day with their outdoor patio. On their menu, you’ll find creative bagel sandwiches like a bacon, egg, & cheese with a spicy honey drizzle. Or you can get the “Kyle B” which is graham cracker cream cheese and honey nut Cheerios on a chocolate bagel! OR a pizza bagel. They’ll really have you in there for breakfast in lunch with these options!
  • I haven’t had a BEC (bacon, egg, & cheese) in a long time, so I felt like it was necessary to indulge today. The bagel came out, and you bet your ass that I wanted to call my mother! This bagel was ah-maze-ing for real. The bagel was slightly crispy, the bacon had a nice crunch, and the cheese was holding this beauty together. The spicy honey drizzle took this from a 10/10 to at least a 13/10. After I finished this bagel, I really had to be stopped from calling my mother..

Sweet Sosumba is a Jamaican vegan cafe that sits in NW Washington D.C. They pride themselves on being 100% plant based and soy free, but their flavors lack nothing. Let’s get into it:

  • Welcome to Sosumba, the full operational plant based Jamaican cafe. Looking for an authentic, soulful, and comfortable restaurant? Sweet Sosuma will check off all of those boxes! The menu is curated to please plant based diets and Jamaican tastebuds. You will find jerk chick’n, curry chick’n, jerk ital stew, and many more. Instead of soy, Sweet Sosumba uses a chickpea base for their meat substitutes!
  • “You’re a jerk. I know”. I had the jerk chick’n, rice and peas, and cabbage. Kudos to whoever makes the jerk seasoning, because this was easily one of the best jerk sauces I have had! The rice and peas had tons of flavor, especially being mixed in with the jerk sauce. The cabbage was extremely fresh, so I was without a doubt enjoying myself. Some will even say that I was cheesing like Stanley from ‘The Office’..

Mr. Everything Cafe began as a place to introduce healthy eating to great taste. With a name like Mr. Everything, you already won my vote. Let’s get into it:

  • Mr. Everything does not have everything, but they do indeed make yellow rice bowls, halal lamb gyro’s, cheesesteaks, burgers, and salads. That is all you need! It wouldn’t be fun if I was decisive, but I ended up ordering the yellow rice bowl with chicken. Best believe that I wanted to sample everything though!
  • The bowl was prepared with grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and topped with three cheeses. I SEE WHY THEY CALL IT MR. EVERYTHING NOW. This bowl was insane…and insanely delicious. Everything worked together so well. My tastes buds were completely pleased. Fresh vegetables and quality chicken really makes for a perfect combo. After falling in love with every concept within this bowl, I figured out what they mean by Mr. Everything..

Fishscale is a black owned restaurant in Washington D.C. They believe that if we have to eat, let the food taste good and be good for our health and environment! Let’s get into it:

  • Fishscale is known for purchasing fresh fish daily and turning them into quarter pound burgers! Their toppings and condiments are made from organic produce and ingredients. Their menu relies on what fish are being served that day. I knew what a crab cake was, but I scratched my head when I read rockfish and amberjack being served. Of course I ordered the rockfish sandwich since I had no clue what it was!
  • I ordered this rockfish topped with spicy sambal and grilled onions. When I tell you this sandwich was cooked perfectly, I ain’t lying! After every bite, it made me question why I had not stopped into Fishscale sooner. I love fish, sandwiches, and black owned establishments! The crab cake sandwich with the yogurt coleslaw was amazing as well. The lumps of crab meat crafted into a burger was extremely tasty and fresh. After I crushed my sandwich in 35 seconds, I had to dance in excitement..

Z-burger is considered a Washington D.C. landmark, and their sirloin burgers and hand spun milkshakes keep people happy! Let’s get into it:

  • You arrive. You walk in. It seems like your typical burger joint. You see hand-crafted burgers, chicken sandwiches, and shakes. Then, you realize they have over 60 flavors of milkshakes and philly cheesesteaks! Their menu is a burger joint on steroids.
  • Of course I had to try some of everything that I could get my hands onto. The part that made me happiest was finding out they use natural ingredients. It is easy to not care about quality, but quality is the most important part to Z-burger!
  • Since I don’t want to elaborate about every item I ate, I’ll talk about my favorites. I nearly hugged the chef after eating their spicy chicken sandwich with special Z-sauce! Their fries and onion rings were undefeated. The cheesesteak easily stole my heart, because I did not expect a burger joint to have such a tasty sandwich outside of a burger. Speaking of burgers, it was extremely juicy and for sure the player of the game. Had to sneak and pay for a chocolate shake like..

Roaming Rooster was founded in 2015 with the idea of selling chicken that made you feel good. Social media said this chicken sandwich tops Popeyes infamous sandwich. Let’s get into it:

  • I have seen Roaming Rooster all across Instagram after the Popeye chicken sandwich exploded. Roaming Rooster put together a variety of chicken sandwiches. Their menu includes Nashville Hot chicken sandwich, chicken tenders, and their famous honey butter fried chicken sandwich!
  • Boy oh boy. Was it good?? Nah… It was great! I had the Nashville hot chicken sandwich and added honey butter onto that. It was mind blowing how tasty this was. The sandwich was extremely juicy and flavorful. It was 2 chicken breasts, so it was plentiful to eat. Every aspect of the sandwich worked together to create this excellence. Have you ever been craving something and finally get it and say “that hit the spot”? THIS SANDWICH will hit the spot if you like chicken. Sorry, but the truth hurts. Go get you a sandwich dammit!

Bushwick Taco Company is a taco joint in Brooklyn, NY. It is not that big, they are very busy. I was excited to try it! Let’s get into it:

  • Expectations
    • I was starving in Brooklyn, and it was snowing. I just wanted some quick food before the snow got worse. Carne asada was on my mind, but I was hesitant with the order. What if it was not authentic? What if the guacamole wasn’t not fresh?
  • Reality
    • The bowl came with layers! Rice covered with black beans and lettuce topped with pico de gallo, carne asada, and guacamole. This bowl was absolutely delicious! The carne asada was out of this world with flavor. With every bite, the guacamole slapped me in the face letting me know that it was yummy as well. Don’t invite me out for Mexican food if it won’t come close to Bushwick Taco Company..

Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks brought cheesesteaks to Atlanta and began winning awards for them! I found myself drooling over their Instagram and went to try them. Let’s get into it:

  • Salmon Egg Roll: I did not put any expectations on the egg roll when I ordered it, because it was just a side that caught my eye. HOWEVER, I wish I ordered 5 more of these! They were incredible and packed with tons of flavor. The salmon was packed all throughout the egg roll. It comes with a sweet Thai chili dipping sauce that slaps! If someone said they would give me this egg roll every time ‘The Rock’ slapped me, I would let him slap me everyday..
  • The cheesesteak: I folded and did not order my cheesesteak “Dave’s Way” which comes loaded with a ton of veggies and sauce. With that being said, this was by far the best chicken cheesesteak I have had! The chicken was seasoned and sent from heaven! The cheese was holding everything together. I was so happy after this meal and dealt with the itis. This is me trying to explain to someone from Philly that they are not the only ones with good cheesesteaks..

Joella’s Hot Chicken is dedicated to only using natural ingredients and making their hot chicken from scratch. They aren’t aiming just to make you a meal, they’re aiming to make your whole day. Let’s get into it:

  • I have been to a few hot chicken places that I have really enjoyed, but Joella’s was unique in their own sense by having a drive-thru and a variation of typical menu items! The drive-thru was a blessing, because I went with limited time before an event. CLUTCH. Obviously their menu contains hot chicken; however, you will also find chicken & waffles, parm garlic fries, and vegan chicken! It was hard to make a choice of what to order, I had to tell the other cars to stop honking.
  • After deciding to order the hot tenders with parm garlic fries and mac & cheese. I now realized that there is probably not one menu item that I would devour. Everything was heavenly. The chicken was so juicy and packed with flavor. They did something special with the mac & cheese though! It had 4 different cheeses, bread crumbs, and fresh herbs. The parm garlic fries were very tasty as well. The seasoning was nicely shared. If I’m close to Joella’s, I will not entertain any other chicken recommendations.