The Carolina Kitchen Opens Rhode Island Ave Location March 16th

2300 Washington Place, NE

From a press release:

“Chef/Owner Lance London of The Carolina Kitchen is pleased to announce the February 28th March 16th opening of his first restaurant in The District. The 6,000 square-foot Carolina Kitchen will serve authentic Southern comfort fare in the vibrant new community of Rhode Island Row, a mixed-use development located just steps from the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood metro stop at 2300 Washington Place, NE, 20018. This is London’s third restaurant in the DC area as he is the proud chef/owner of Carolina Kitchen in Largo, MD and Carolina Kitchen Bar & Grill in Hyattsville, MD. The Carolina Kitchen will serve lunch and dinner, in addition to offering a carryout for those who wish to grab-and-go.

“The Carolina Kitchen will have something for every occasion,” says Lance London. “The restaurant will be in the city, feel like the country and taste like the south. I’m thrilled to serve savory home-style cooking that everyone can appreciate.”

London’s menu, inspired by fresh ingredients found in his grandmother’s recipes, will include a variety of appetizers, homemade soups and salads, home-style meals, sandwiches, famous fried chicken, and a number of “Ma Pearl’s” specialty entrées. The restaurant will also feature a custom glass oyster bar, unique to the Rhode Island Row location. Appetizers on the opening menu will include Southern Fried Lobster Tail hand-breaded, golden fried and served with dipping sauce; Crab Claws steamed and seasoned, served with warm butter; Fried Green Tomatoes and Pan Fried Asparagus hand-breaded with parmesan cheese and country fried served with spicy Creole dipping sauce; Rustic Chicken Soup For The Soul with sauteed chicken, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and potatoes; Myrtle Beach Salad mixed field greens, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, sliced almonds and blue cheese crumbles with housemade Caribbean mango vinaigrette, as well as four flavors of Rocky Mount Wings: Old Bay, Grilled Guinness BBQ, Grilled Jerk, Spicy Fried and Spicy Thai Chili.

Ma Pearl’s speciaties not to be missed include Creole Grilled Salmon with a New Orleans-style cream sauce with lump crabmeat and shrimp sevred with garlic mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese and collard greens; Grilled Baby Back Pork Ribs basted with Carolina Kitchen’s award-winning BBQ sauce and served with baked beans, coleslaw and Cajun fries; Southern Fried Red Snapper served with collard greens and potato salad, as well as Smothered Chicken served over rice covered in Grandma’s gravy with blackeyed peas and Southern style green beans. A variety of home-style meals that embody wholesome southern classics will also available and include Jerk Chicken with rice; Mom’s Meatloaf; Blackened Catfish; Shrimp and Grits, as well as Mama’s Stew Chicken with rice.

Guests will want to make room for dessert as The Carolina Kitchen will offer homemade Southern classics such as Banana Pudding with fresh bananas topped with whipped cream and wafers; Granny’s Sweet Potato Pie; Red Velvet Cake, as well as a new addition, the Sweet Potato Milkshake.

London collaborated with Tom Mulhern of2 Scales Interiors, LLC, to design the contemporary-country themed space. The Carolina Kitchen combines traditional country-style wood paneling with swirling iron accents to create a uniquely modern-rustic interior design. The elegant, rich textures and earthy hues transform the space into a welcoming neighborhood spot. The 152-seat restaurant feature a wall lined with vintage whiskey bottles guiding patrons up the stairs to the second floor mezzanine overlooking the space, which accommodates an additional 40 guests for private events. An illuminated vintage city skyline along the wall, and a classic model car collection in a custom glass display add a dash of whimsy to the antique-themed Carolina Kitchen.

The Carolina Kitchen is located at 2300 Washington Place, NE, Washington, DC, 20018. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 12 AM.”

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  • Hand-breaded? I can’t imagine this possibly affects the flavor of fried food enough to justify the number of times it was used in this press release. Also, why would you ever fry lobster?

  • justinbc

    Anyone been to the other locations? As a NC native I’m used to people bastardizing food in this area in our name, hopefully this one is a better representation.

    • There is one near the movie theatres at PG Plaza. Or whatever they call it these days.

      It was ok. It felt a little too much like a southern Ruby Tuesday’s to me. But it should do well there.

    • I’ve also been to the PG Plaza location, and I can definitely say it’s not terrible. The Ruby Tuesday’s comparison is fair– has a cheesy chain vibe, although I think their food is a step above that. I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to go there, but I’d go there more if it were close. As with any soul food, I just prefer to make it myself anyways!

  • Without knowing any more about this place other than this post, I’m pretty confident in my assumption that it’s going to be terrible. That said, I’m sure I’ll give it a try at least once.

  • I am thrilled at their decision to put a hot tub out front. Ribs, beer, and hot tubbin’!

  • It sounds promising. That area needs some sit-down restaurants badly.

  • I’ve had London’s food before. I found it very tasty, especially the corn bread. I can only imagine how much butter is in it! That being said, as a white woman from Chicago, I am by no means a soul food expert.

  • Excited to give it a try!

  • I like any kind of food with “Mama” in the title, so I should be good to go. I also hope they have a dish that includes “all the trimmings.” Yum!

  • Interested to try.

    Bet they will do a lot of carry out business in that location, as well.

  • been diggin this spot since before its little carry out location burned down in DTSS 10 years ago. then they reopened out in largo, and expanded to hyattsville. there’s one coming to the development in ft.totten at the end of the year too.

  • There used to be one in downtown Silver Spring on Colesville road across from the Discovery building long ago… They weren’t bad, prices were a bit high for the food though. Yep.

  • brookland_rez

    I had their food when they had the open house for Rhode Island Row apartments a couple of years ago. I found their food to be quite tasty.
    There’s an adjoining burger place that is supposed to have craft beer and growlers. Any word on whether this will open at the same time as Carolina Kitchen?

  • I’ve been to their restaurant in Hyattsville plenty of times & the food is great! The service has always been excellent and its NO comparison to Ruby Tuesdays, completely different in a good way. This is a good addition to the Rhode Island metro area that families can go to as well as friends. Best of luck to them!

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