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The Florida Avenue Grill, located not surprisingly on Florida Avenue, is the older of the pair, having opened in 1944. Oohh's & Aahh's on historic U Street is the more junior, having been serving diners for only a decade.
Both offer great soul food staples. Like all iconic diners, both have counter seats where you can watch food being prepared before you. The conversations are always lively and both have vocal supporters that insist their favorite meal at their favorite eatery is the best.
And both have storied histories.
Today, the walls are covered with pictures, most signed, of the famous who have enjoyed the grill. There are movie stars, music stars, sports stars, political stars, and local celebrities. Many return again and again. For example, whenever social activist Dick Gregory is in DC, you will find him doing what he has been doing for 5 decades, stopping in for the mac and cheese at the eatery which once served as a setting in a John Grisham novel.
As you might expect, the Hall of Fame patrons at Abbott's establishment skewer younger, with such noted diners as basketball superstar LeBron James or music megastar Jay-Z.
So what about the food - how good is it? We say really, really, really good. Both my wife and I find the fried chicken at the Florida Avenue Grill the best we have ever tasted. I feel the same way about the fried whiting at Oohh's & Aahh's. Of course, both eateries have those wonderful southern sides - collard greens, potato salad, green beans, yams, and cornbread which you can wash down with large glasses of sweet tea, all brought to you by pleasant, outgoing servers.
So which one do you choose? The correct answer is you don't - you eat at both as often as you can. At least that's how my wife and I handle the question. And we would suggest you follow our example if you truly want to satisfy the cravings in your soul.
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