DC Area Food Favorites: October 2020

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

October was a great month for food in the broader DC area. At least, it was for me here at Feed The Malik. I had some absolutely fabulous meals, found some new gems, and ate my fill. Below find some of my absolute favorites from the month, offering a little bit of everything from flatbreads to soul food to tacos! And stay tuned for future roundups right here on the blog—I'll be sharing my best food finds in DC, MD, and VA every month!

DC Area Food Favorites: October 2020

single hand holding up a spoonful of cheddar grits with a takeout container of more grits in the background

Victory Restaurant Bowie, 10201 Martin Luther King Jr HWY, Bowie, MD 20702

Victory is a Black-owned gem serving up incredibly flavorful soul food with generous portions. On a recent visit, we relished the steak and cheese egg rolls, savored the pesto four cheese grits (pictured above), and devoured the seafood stuffed omelet served with curried potato hash. Every dish was comforting, delicious, and creative, as your favorite soul food spot should be.

Z&Z, available to ship to your home

In addition to selling sumac and za'atar separately, two of my favorite spices found in Middle Eastern cuisine, Z&Z also sells za'atar manoushe (pictured above), a thin flatbread rich with za'atar and olive oil. Ahmed and I often pop one in the oven for breakfast topped with scrambled eggs, reminiscing about breakfasts during our time living in the region. This is a classic, simple, but oh-so-delicious Middle Eastern dish that's super versatile and cooks up in minutes. *I was gifted a box of Z&Z manoushe, loved them, and have since kept a stash in our freezer as a great quick meal or snack.

A single large Portuguese egg tart on a white table background

La Bodega, inside Compass Rose at 1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The talented team at Compass Rose has launched a bodega serving up a tour of treats inspired by faves from NYC, featuring sweets like dulce de leche babka, Portuguese egg tarts (pictured above), bizcocho Dominicano, & NY-ish styled cheesecake.⁠ This is the kind of spot where you'll be tempted to order one of everything, it's so hard to choose. And why not? I did, and we managed to finish it all.

An assortment of food in a white bowl including shrimp, jollof rice, fried plantains, and sauteed greens

Spice Kitchen West African Grill, 703 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017

My absolute favorite meal of the month was from Spice Kitchen, a carryout or delivery-only concept operating out of Mess Hall in Edgewood. This Black-owned spot serves incredibly flavorful West African street food, with a menu that focuses on Suya, a preparation of spiced, grilled meat or seafood.

A single quesabirria taco in one hand with a bowl of consomme in the background

El Papi Street Tacos, 5904 Allentown Way, Camp Springs, MD 20748

The tacos at El Papi Street tacos are outstanding and they also offer quesabirria tacos with consommé (pictured above) the most recent food trend to hit DC. Plus, the servings are generous and the sauces very flavorful, all the keys to a great meal. Note that El Papi Street tacos does not accommodate substitutions.

three breakfast tacos in their aluminum foil wrappings, with three mini containers of sauces on the side

La Tejana, popping up in various locations in DC

La Tejana is a taco pop-up offering Tex-Mex breakfast tacos on handmade flour tortillas. Find them popping up at a variety of locations in DC and be sure to snag the queso—it's so comforting and flavorful.

Amore Congelato, location in Pentagon Row VA and available at Glen's Market in DC

It took me way too long to try out Amore Congelato, a Black woman and veteran-owned business serving gelato sweetened with dates. Well, I can finally attest that their ultra-creamy treats are fabulous, like the peach cobbler flavor shown above. They also have oat milk-based gelatos for those who are dairy-free.

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