The Islander still open on U Street!

1201 U Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

On my way to work this morning, I noticed the sign was removed with a “for lease” banner put up. Also, the last couple of nights, it has been closed. What’s odd is the tables are still set up…”

I stopped by The Islander when I first noticed the sign was gone a few months ago and was told the sign simply broke. The for lease sign was for the upstairs space. For a second I was nervous because their telephone number was disconnected. But I stopped by today and they were indeed still open!

Their website says:

“The Islander is a family-owned and operated business with ” The Queen,” Chef Addie Green ruling this island kingdom. We believe she’s undoubtedly the best Caribbean cook in Washington, DC. The Islander is a landmark in the Caribbean Community and the Green family has collectively provided the finest in Trinidadian cuisine to the Washington Community for the past 40 years.

Tues 3:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 3:30 pm – 12:00 am
Thurs 3:30 pm – 12:00 am
Fri – Sat 3:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sunday 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm”


8 Comment

  • Why would anyone think that The Islander still being open *is a good thing*?? Indisputably it serves up the worst food on U Street. Not so long ago, Addie served salad dressing for her salads in the little cups they give you on airlines! I’ve nominated her several times for Kitchen Nightmares, and maybe, before she finally closes down, we’ll get to see Addie and Gordon go at it.

  • I feel bad for never going since I’ve lived across the street for 3 years. But I’ve never really heard a good review, and it is pretty much always empty. It’s hard not to assume that they have other revenue streams…….Unless they outright own the building and aren’t paying rent.

  • wow I am surprised that people think the food is so bad. I have always loved every meal i eat from there. I mainly get fish dishes, and they are always generous portions that are reasonably priced. The staff is super friendly too. I think it is a fantastic hole in the wall place.

  • I used to like this place back in 2007 when I first moved to the area but it severely declined in the past few years. I finally stopped going a few years ago. Service was comically bad, prices are too high for what you get and decor reminds me of an 80s cruise ship.

  • I live just a block or so up the street but I’ve never eaten there. However, it does seem popular as there’s always people there, especially on the patio. I would like to see the exterior livened up a bit — a new coat of paint and new awnings to go with what sounds like a new sign coming.

  • During its heyday, this was a top notch joint. I used to love the roti, cabbage, wings and sorrrel tea. The Post reviewer Tom Sietsema used raved about it and the place got crushed before the New New U Street came into being.

  • the place is still worth a try. But I’d get there soon, because it’s probably just a matter of time before that building is replaced with a 10-story condo building with dry cleaners occupying the storefront.

  • This place gave me the worst food poisoning i have ever had in my life!!!! also found a rubber band in my girlfriends soup that same day.


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