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Saints Paradise Cafeteria
Posted by Anonymous on 04/22/2009
I was a young Marine from Colorado Springs and wound up being stationed in the D.C. area. I worked with some civilians who loved to eat and who were DCMA natives. They brought me to this place that they called paradise. The restaurant lived up to its name and I was thoroughly impressed by the service and the quality of the food. The price tag was small for the portions, which was a huge plus for someone getting PFC (private First Class) money. The food is heavy, so pace yourself or just save some for later because you might fall asleep.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2009
Today was my 1st visit and the food was delicious. Everything was well seasoned and one meal could easily serve two people. If you like southern sweet tea, you'll love theirs. The atmosphere is simple and people of all races and backgrounds dine here. The place is peaceful, no loud noises. Best of all it is across the street from the Mt Vernon Metro (Green/Yellow Lines) and a few blocks from the DC Convention Center near the corner of 9th Street/Georgia Avenue and M Street NW. If you want good southern home cooking, this is the place to go. The meals are currently $6.99 for a meat and two sides, plus tax, not a bad deal if you take it home and divide it in two!
Posted by Visiting Southerner on 03/19/2009
I did not visit the location to rate the atmosphere or service but if the food is any indication...it should be fabulous. I visited the area from down South and was craving some "homecooking". The food from this place more than satisfied my craving. My only regret is that I didn't hear about it sooner....I am leaving tomorrow but I will definitely be back!
Posted by anonymous on 02/12/2009
The fried chicken is out of this world. My family and I love to come to the church and get our grub on. Their service is oustanding. Keep making that fried chicken.
Posted by Lee J. Harold on 01/22/2009
We had lunch here just before leaving the inaugural festivities on Wednesday and heading back to Philadelphia. I can't tell you enough how good the food was. Everything my wife, nephew & his wife ordered was "slammin" - from the smothered chicken, meamash & string beans to the short ribs, the meatloaf, and the mac & cheese and cabbage. The desserts were unbelievable as well. The sweet potatoe pie, apple cobbler and banana pudding. The facilities were bright, sunny and very clean. The staff working were so warm and friendly, we felt like we were at home. The church ladies working were just like everyone's grandmom - loving you every step of the way on this culinary feast. Make no mistake - every time we are in the DC area we will be coming there for our meals. Oh yeah - the prices are very reasonable too! As we were finishing our meal two big buses pulled up and disembarked their hungry passengers. We were so lucky to have beat that crowd. Our wait was very short. This place truly is "Paradise".
Posted by Anonymous on 11/14/2008
I don't eat catfish at too many restaraunts. This is one of the few. Also love the sweet potatoes...perfect. Oh and don't forget the mixed ice tea and lemonade. The lines are long on Friday, but is is always worth it. Only eat here if you don't have to go back to work and actually work.
Posted by Happy Guy on 11/12/2008
Great food in huge amounts is what you'll find in this out of the way cafeteria. If you're on a diet don't even risk it. This place is all about getting into a food coma. Sometimes the line is long, but it's worth the wait. My office buzzed for days after our last trip there.