It’s one of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Washington, DC. Everyone from Hip hop giants to Black college students across the country come to take part in a fun filled weekend of culture, music, games and of course HU pride. For those of you who don’t know Howard University’s Homecoming is not just an event, it’s ingrained in the culture. Whether you’re a freshman, alumni, or foreigner like me, there’s something for everyone here!
So if you’re in town to party, network or just support your alma mater make sure you eat good too! Be sure to support and eat at these great Black owned restaurants in DC. You’ll thank me later.
1. Woodlands Vegan Bistro
Serving up Vegan soulfood like no one else, their mac and cheese and crab cakes will make you consider crossing over to the vegan life if you haven’t already. For real! And with two locations and a food truck-you have no excuse but to try this treat!
2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
2. Queen of Sheba
You cannot come to Washington DC without eating Ethiopian food. You just can’t. Hosting one of the largest Ethiopian communities in America, DC is definitely the place to try Ethiopian cuisine. Queen of Sheba serves up some of the best Ethiopian food in the city. Our suggestion is the Golden Tibs (perfectly seasoned and cooked lamb served on injera) is amazing!
1503 9th St NW, Washington, DC
3. Bukom Cafe
Located in Adams Morgan, this restaurant makes delicious West african classics. Our suggestion is the suya- a spicy shish kabob that is absolutely delicious! Not only is the food amazing they regularly have live music and it’s great!
2442 18th St NW, Washington, DC
4. Ben’s Next Door
Owned by the same family behind the famous Ben’s Chilli Bowl, Ben’s next door has a much different feel. Rather than a chilli dog, you can enjoy a full course meal here. HU homecoming weekend is a time to reconnect with old friends, we suggest you meet at Ben’s Next Door for happy hour with friends.
1213 U St NW, Washington, DC
5. Oohhs and Aahhs
If you’re taking part in the HU homecoming festivities, I’m sure you’ll be hitting up some of the many parties that are hosted this weekend! After the club be sure to replenish with some late night eats on U street. Try Oohhs and Aahhs for a hearty soulfood fix!
1005 U St NW, Washington, DC
DC definitely has more restaurants to check out, let us know what else should be added to the list. Comment below with suggestions!