By Brian S.
Perched atop the oh-so-eclectic 18th street in the heart of Adams Morgan, bar/restaurant Southern Hospitality (a.k.a. Soho) is bringing a little Southern comfort to the city of Washington D.C. One of the first (of soon to be many) establishments looking to “civilize” the notoriously rowdy neighborhood , Soho, which opened in 2012 caters to all crowds, from the Howard University Alumni Club, to young professional families, to Monday Night Football devotees. The Soho staff was strategic in picking the pineapple as a logo: It’s a symbol of hospitality. If it’s raining, they’ll search high and low to equip you with an umbrella on your way out the door; and after just 3 visits, the whole staff knew my name. In a city where it’s difficult to get a friendly wave from a passing jogger, such warmth is refreshing.
Ambiance. Check. Service. Check. But what about the food?
Full disclosure: I am not from the South, nor have I spent a significant amount of time there, so I can’t speak to the “legend” that is home-style southern cooking. I do, however, know (or like to think I know) the difference between good and bad food. And Soho’s is unquestionably good. . The mac & cheese — perfectly gooey made better with generous chunks of bacon – lives up to its hype as one of the best in the city. The rack of lamb, which is served with mashed potatoes, is cooked perfectly every time and the fried chicken is exactly how I imagine a hearty Southern meal: A steaming plate of crispy-on-the-outside-juicy-on-the-inside chicken complete with a heaping side of steamed collard greens… .
Soho doesn’t slack on drinks, either. Its bartenders are experts in mixology, and the menu includes a rotating tap along with an extensive wine list. Try one of their perfectly refreshing mojitos.
All in all, a trip to Southern Hospitality is more than a great meal — it’s a great experience. Great food, great people in a welcoming environment — you can’t ask for much more than that! So, if you’re moving to the Adams Morgan area, or just passing through, save some room for a taste of the South. You won’t be disappointed.
Check out the menu here.
1815 Adams Mill Rd NW Washington, DC 20009