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Summertime means summer travel and if you happen to find yourself in one of these cities, pay a visit to the tried-and-true local food joints and get yourself some delicious soul food!

Washington, D.C.

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Florida Avenue Grill owner Imar Hutchins after visiting the restaurant March 26, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20009

202-265-1586

Founded by Bertha and Lacey C. Wilson in 1944, the self-proclaimed “oldest soul food restaurant in the world” not only inhabits its original location but also survived the U Street Corridor riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. “The Grill,” as it is affectionately called by locals, has also had its share of notable clientele, most recently Vice President Joe Biden.

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D.C. Runner-Up

Oohhs & Aahhs

1005 U St. NW

Washington, DC 20001

202-667-7142

Located on the U Street Corridor, an area known in its heyday as the nation’s largest urban African-American community (until 1920, when Harlem took the crown) and referred to as the Black Broadway, Oohhs & Aahhs opened in 2003 as a hole-in-the-wall restaurant specializing in big portions and Southern comfort food.

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