After another busy day in Washington DC on our holiday this year, Georgia Brown’s, located in the heart of the city, seemed the perfect way not only to put our feet up but also to assuage my longing for a good old plate of traditional Southern grits (I feel myself getting Florida-itis again as the five-year mark since my last visit passes).

The friendly servers soon made us feel at home, and their decent range of non-alcoholic cocktails only sweetened the deal (I went for my old Florida favourite, a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri, after having had a Long Island Iced Tea at a hotel just moments before) – although apparently the Riesling sampled by Jean-Marc wasn’t anything to write home about. Service was swift and el iced water did flow. Before long, too, we were brought our meals: skipping straight to the main course, we’d ordered Charleston Perlau (him) and Low Country shrimp and grits (me).

Finally able to satisfy my desire for what is essentially cream and corn mixed together, I was glad to dig in to what was an enormous plate, topped with seven generously-sized shrimps. The contrast between textures was much appreciated (there is a danger with grits that you will just get a plate of slop), the Charleston Perlau on the other side of the table was dubbed ‘an experience to remember’, and it’s clear, too, that high-quality ingredients and traditional Southern heritage are much-prized at this place.

Lamentably our plates were so enormous that we didn’t manage to finish them, meaning that we also bypassed dessert, losing out on the chance to sample yet more regional specialities, including chocolate pecan pie, peach cobbler, and sweet potato cheesecake. Something to try to recreate at home perhaps for that little slice of Georgia Brown’s in France?!

It’s also slightly sorrowful that we didn’t get to experience any of the wonderful entertainment offered by the restaurant: there is live jazz every Wednesday, for instance. There are also several happy hours on throughout the week for those looking to have a good time with friends at a lower price – although the price was pretty good value for money anyway at $67.10 for two including tax – not bad for dinner and drinks! We would return again for the warm and friendly atmosphere and traditional cuisine – and next time I WILL get my paws on that sweet potato cheesecake.

950 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20005

(202) 393-4499