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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 09/13/2006

Soul Searching

By Erin

It seemed like just yesterday that the area around Ninth and U streets was transitioning from Little Ethiopia into a bastion of Southern comfort. Several fairly new restaurants have competed for your soulful cravings served straight-up without the frills. Hush puppies? Green beans? Authentic spicy ginger ale? There was no question in my mind where to turn. Oohhs and Aahhs paved the way with fried chicken wings and some tasty sides. Lucky for the restaurant, locals found much to oohh and aahh over, because it is going strong while two of its Southern neighbors haven't fared so well.

Brown Sugar, the father/son operation that dished up carryout collards, yams and wings, has posted a sign announcing that it's closed for good. A bit further down, A Taste of Carolina, which took over the space of dearly departed Sodere Ethiopian Restaurant, has cryptically announced that it's closed for relocating. Repeated calls to the owner have gone unanswered, so I can only hope that I'll find the finger-lickin' ribs in the city's best barbecue sauce somewhere close by in the very near future.

It seems that the area just witnessed too many promising, but similar new places all at once. Hope is not lost along Ninth Street: New places, including a soon-to-open bakery, pop up fairly often along the strip. Where do you go to satisfy your hankerings for ribs, collards and sauce? Those of us on the look-out for soul food flavors would love to know.

--Erin

By Erin  | September 13, 2006; 3:35 PM ET
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There is in fact a soul food retaurant named 'Flavors' in Falls Church. Excellent, fantastic, superb!

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Posted by: Windy City | September 13, 2006 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Flavors is amazing, authentic and delicious!

Posted by: Alexandria | September 14, 2006 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If you are really wanting some lip smacking, heart clogging, cathcing the itis (you know what it means!) kind of food, then I can suggest no other than Saint's of Paradise Cafeteria. This is an "old school" place with plastic trays and silverware wrapped with a napkin, where old black church women in hairnets serve you the food from behind counter and sneeze guard! Do not come here if you are looking for trendiness, but its the most authentic soulfood I've had in the District! If you don't believe me ask the long line of people that can sometimes be found coming from the basement door. Also, the cafeteria is owned and operated by the church that owns the entire block, so no fear that this place will close ANYTIME soon! It can be found between 7th and 6th on M St. NW and is less than a block from Mt. Vernon Square Metro.

Posted by: GLR | September 14, 2006 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Flavors is really good! Family owned and operated! Closest thing that I have found to soul food up here. Beyond that, the portion sizes are GENEROUS. There is always plenty to go around! www.flavorssoulfood.com

Posted by: Bailey's Crossroads | September 15, 2006 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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