I sometimes don't like to bother with starters. I like to start my meal my sipping on a hot cup of coffee and patiently waiting for my food to arrive. Eatonville is the exception though.
Their house made buttermilk biscuits and jam is the best $6 I've spent. These aren't your typical dainty, itty, bitty biscuit. These are some real deal southern, buttery, flaky, melts in your mouth, pretty sure has a ton of lard, biscuits! Frankly, I don't like to share them and don't want to share them, but when I have to, I try eating them as fast as I can.
Besides their biscuits and jam, their fried green tomatoes are also spectacular. A cornmeal crusted green tomato, fried and copped off with an avocado and micro green salad, basil oil and saffron aioli.
You can't really go wrong with their brunch options, but my go to is their Shrimp and Grits ($16). Jalapeno-gruyere heirloom grits, andouille sausage with a smoked tomato beurre blanc, topped off with succulent, perfectly cooked shrimp. I also order myself a poached egg to add on top.
The grits come packing a punch and is full of vibrant flavors that leave me craving this dish all the time. From the spicy sausage, smokey beurre blanc and sweet shrimp, this dish perfect. Just perfect.
Another great item off their menu is the Eatonville Hash and Eggs. A fried soft-poached egg over a jalapeno and bacon hash for $12. For extra buck you can add their Creole Hollandaise (DO IT!). Cracking into that egg is such an exciting moment. That ooey gooey yolk runs all over the bacon hash, and incorporates with the hollandaise and creates one perfect bite.
Eatonville opened its doors in Spring 2009 in the U street corridor. Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston, an American folklorist, anthropologist and author during the Harlem Renaissance. The restaurant was named after Hurston's hometown in Florida.
"When one is to old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners." - Zora Neale Hurston