Jam Doung Style is known for preparing and serving their traditional Jamaican dishes in a bright, casual space. I didn’t have to be bright or smart to know that this food would be delicious. Let’s get into it:

  • Jam Doung is bright and located at the corner of their street. It is the definition of a carry out spot. You walk in, place your order, and wait for your number to be called. Jam Doung does not have an extensive menu. I like to call it short and sweet, because you know the few items are about me made exquisitely. You wiill find your favorites such as jerry & curry chicken, oxtails, and rice & peas. I’m a big fan of jerk, but I’ve heard that if a place can make curry chicken tastes good then you are eating at the right place. I had to throw my detective glasses on and see what they were talking about.
  • I dove right into my plate of curry chicken, rice & peas, mac & cheese, and cabbage. I took about three bites before realizing that half of it was gone. I was thoroughly enjoying myself. The curry chicken was falling off of the bone and marinated with some much damn flavor. The way I was trying to get every bite, you would have thought i never had Jamaican food in my life. the rice and peas was seasoned and hearty. I love how they make a simple dish tastes so good. The mac & cheese was on point as expected. It was cheesy and had that nice layer of crust with it. Lastly, the cabbage was better than one you can make. It was fresh and dense with few other vegetables too. Best believe that the next time I’m in DC, I am stepping here with my gang like.. (& Black Women Lives Matter too)
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Crimson Diner is a modern diner with a taste of southern life. This experience was a pleasant surprise! Let’s get into it:

Jambalaya
  • Crimson Diner’s ambiance was super smooth. Rooftop bar, diner style seating, and the café music all worked together. I was happy and comfy before we even ordered the food!
  • I felt like a kid in the candy store while looking at the menu! Menu items such as Jambalaya, Crimson Burger, and Steak Frites definitely caught my attention. Jambalaya wins my heart every time.
  • The jambalaya was filled with plump shrimp, andouille sausage, and grilled chicken. My taste buds were doing be happy dance after each bite. I could not get enough of it! I learned that my friends that I was eating with did not like jambalaya, so I did not have to give anyone a taste test. I was like…

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BKK Cookshop is not your typical Thai noodle house. The creative cocktails, asian beers, and street-food-inspired appetizers made this a top Thai restaurant for me. Let’s get into it:

  • Bkk Cookshop is small, however they have turned their restaurant into an intimate and decorative space! I loved how this place felt and looked authentic. It was not one of those gentrified Thai places where you walk in and nobody there looks like they anything about Thai cuisine LOL.
  • The menu presented tons of nice options such as happy hour $3 appetizers, delicious cocktails, and vegan & gluten free alternatives! I am a fried rice enthusiast, so I bodied their spicy basil rice with chicken. I also ordered Thai gyoza, and these lasted on the table maybe 34 seconds before being devoured.
  • The flavors… were amazing! Fried rice is typically a dish that you will know how it will taste. This spicy basil rice gave me flavors I never knew I needed. The chili peppers, fresh basil, and marinated chicken made for a great combination! The gyoza were perfectly battered and paired impeccably with the soy ginger sauce. Everything was so tasty. This is my favorite Thai spot right now, and I WILL DEFEND IT..

Smith Commons is not your common Brunch place. They are open during the week only for dinner, but by the weekend they serving up bottomless mimosas. I had a great time visiting during DMV Black Restaurant Week. Let’s get into it:

  • Big windows, wooden tables, and eclectic music gave Smith Commons a unique vibe. They have tons of exposed brick and a huge chalkboard filled with designs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Becky with the good hair went viral taking a cool picture while there.
  • For starters, we decided to devour the salmon hash! I did not feel confident during the eye test, but this dish aced the taste test. The fresh salmon along with roasted peppers and onions paired so well. Also, the Smith Biscuits were fire. The biscuits covered in creamy grits, bacon, and sriracha sauce will definitely sit on my mind for days.
  • For my main course, I had the chicken and waffles. This was no ordinary chicken and waffles. The waffles were fluffy and topped with fruit. The chicken was roasted instead of fried, and it hit differently! I was in awe over the chicken falling right off the bone and filled with flavor. Pro tip: be a fat ass when you go out to eat, so you are not the only friend at the table with a kale salad.
Friend making fun of friend

Hip City Veg opened 2012. A restaurant that not only introduced people to tasty food that good for their health, but also the planet! This all vegan restaurant presents dishes that debunk the myth that vegan food is just nuts and leaves. Let’s just get into it:

  • The sandwiches:
    • I chose the Ziggy burger, and it went dumb! This is their classic burger with special sauce (we love a good special sauce). The philly steak or crispy hipcity ranch chick’n sandwich also won gold medals from me. Great flavors + good portion size = happy me
  • The sides:
    • The side salads are a solid choice as expected..HOWEVER, the sweet potato fries are a game changer. Some sweet potato fries from places are fresh but not very flavorful. Not these.. They were made with love. Also, the sriracha aioli dipping sauce is 10/10 would recommend!
  • The shakes:
    • Each month they shake up their shakes by adding seasonal flavors. I ordered the pumpkin pie shake, but I was hesitant how this would come out. I took my first sip and there was no looking back! If you ask me to go back to Hip City Veg, this will be my only response..

Old Fields Restaurant is located in Long Island, NY. Their goal is to provide service and food so good that you’ll want to return to Long Island LOL. I had a great meal though, so let’s get into it:

  • Old Fields is a perfect date spot that is near the water, has a fire pit outside, and an intimate interior. The service was amongst the best, and it was so genuine. I showed up having no clue what to order, but they treated me like family and recommended some of their favorites!
  • The menu features a lot great options. I quickly was mesmerized with the three cheese mac n’ cheese, crab and avocado tacos, and the short rib risotto! Fried clams, little neck clams, and oysters were on my mind heavily too. Also they also took up the center of the menu with their steak options, so I had to see what they were talking about. *eyes emoji*
  • The steak came out, and I immediately requested to hug the chef. This steak was the size of my face and sweating with flavor. It was the perfect combination of tender and juicy! The mashed potatoes were the perfect pairing. Fresh potatoes, nice touch of pepper, and the garlic. After not knowing anything about this place, my friend and I pleasantly left the restaurant like..

Smorgasburg was started 2011 in Brooklyn, NY as a food-centered flea market. Some of the most innovative food items are sold here, making it the perfect destination for all foodies. Smorgasburg has now expanded to Los Angeles and Washington D.C, and I went this past Saturday before they close it down for the fall. The food I had was FIRE, so let’s get into it:

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Hot Lola’s combined Nashville hot chicken and Sichuan flavors to make one of the best chicken sandwiches I have had! The slaw, pickles, and sesame bun were solid role players! However, the chicken was the star player. I was in love with the juiciness, crunch, and amazing seasoning they used.

Volcano, Teriyaki, and Cheese Louise

The Urban Oyster actually made me mad at myself for not trying chargrilled oysters sooner! I tried their volcano, teriyaki, and cheese louise oysters. I was hesitant to try these exotic flavors on my oysters, but this was the best decision I made all day. I could eat those 3 oysters over and over and over.. This was without a doubt a 10/10 for me.

Old Bay Mac N’ Cheese

Old bay goes on a lot in the D.C and Maryland area, but does it goes on mac n’ cheese?? It’s a yes from me dawg *Randy Jackson voice*. Hal and Al’s BBQ is bold for this, but i’m so glad they did. The mac n’ cheese was rich with cheese, and the old bay added an excellent burst of flavor mixed in. It was not overpowering at all. I throughly enjoyed every bite!

Cinnamon Sugar donuts

Just when I was thinking to myself, “imma need something sweet”, Sweet Crimes presented me with these gluten free and vegan donuts! When you hear gluten free and vegan in the same sentence, you may raise an eyebrow but Sweet Crimes cinnamon sugar donuts went above my expectations! I devoured them in 2 bites easy. The vegan cream was light and a smooth compliment for the donuts!

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:

  • Top Row:
    • Stix Sushi Bar (Barcalona, Spain)
    • Seasons 52 (Various Locations)
    • The U.S. Toast Office (Boston, MA)
  • Bottom Row:
    • DOCK Asian Eatery (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Lifting Noodles Ramen (Atlanta, GA)
    • Barcocina (Baltimore, MD)