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Saints Paradise Cafeteria
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.
Posted by Jeff on 07/27/2008
Having been there several times for dinner, having a variety of entrees and vegetables, I think you get more than what you pay for. First, it's a cafeteria, slightly off the main street, and located under the church you have to find it. It's not the Outback, Macaroni Grill, or Ruby Tuesday's it's not The Country Buffett or a neighborhood diner it's a cafeteria. It seves a cross-section of customers ranging from well-to-do people (by any standards) from the neighborhood (many who've eaten there regularly for years), workers in the neighborhood, to local DC police, who want good, affordable food, some down-and-outers who make their purchase last several meals and, people like me and significant other who found it by word of mouth. You get good to very good food, in large portions to eat on cafeteria sytle tables (with several TVs showing CNN) or to take out (many take it "to go" but eat some there and take the rest home for leftovers). The food is almost all home-made (they tell you the mashed potatoes come from a box) there's one lunch/dinner special every day and they have a frequent customer card buy a certain number of breakfasts or dinners (Monday through Wednesday) and the next meal is free. What's as important as the food is that the staff is as friendly to the newest person (as we were) as they are to long-time regulars, the service is good (while eating at the table, they came and asked if I wanted more fish than I had, that it was hot, and it was at no extra cost), and they care about what they do, everyone from the cooks to the cashier, from the service line to the busboy (yes, they clear the table for you). And, while the cafeteria is associated with an African American church, no one is out of place, African American, white, Hispanic, or Asian. It's what a neighborhood cafeteria should be about good people and good food. For us, it's somewhat out of the way and it's worth the regular trip we make there.