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Levi's Port Cafe
Posted by WashPost on 01/15/2007
Unbelieveable service, they will cook anything to order. Best fried chicken in the city, home-made every day, brown sugar yams and great mac n cheese! Kind of place where they will remember your name and you will never forget the tast of that food!
Posted by BruinSurf on 09/15/2006
I live about 1,000 feet away from Levi's Port Cafe, but didn't think to try it until the Barrack's Row dine-around last spring (an event which offered samples from each restaurant on 8th street for one low price). I was really swept away by this little bbq joint. The restaurant is family-run and it shows, their southern hospitality really comes through in both the service and the portion sizes. The food is bursting with rich flavor but it's not overly greasy or fatty (well, it might be in terms of the calorie content but not in terms of the taste). The ribs and fried chicken are second to none. The cornbread is delicious, greens are ripe to prefection and the desserts are divine. The only drawback might be the location and the dated interior. But after you take that first bite of ribs, you feel like you are in a comfy old restaurant in the south and the vinyl table cloths start to make sense. And because this place is located at the far end of 8th Street SE (past the freeway underpass) it doesn't get as much foot traffic which is why I never came across this little gem before. But the food and the service more than make up for these things and make the trip over well worth your while. I've gone back regularly and have even recommended it to a few friends who have since taken their co-workers there and have received similar reviews.