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Kiss My Grits

Posted November 14, 2009 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Food
B Smiths

Anyone who doesn’t love Southern cooking is a Yank. I guess that makes me a carpetbagger. Hell, I wish I had a big carpetbag for B. Smith‘s mini biscuits and corn muffins. I’d stuff them in the side pockets while making room for my leftovers.

Start with the crispy fried green tomatoes, drizzled with a tangy red pepper sauce and dotted with soft, creamy goat cheese. The batter was a thick, crunchy cornmeal. I especially loved the smoothness of the warm goat cheese.

The black-eyed pea soup is truly what you call comfort food. This is what I want if I fall ill with swine flu. I hope B. Smith’s delivers. Hearty peas, carrots, onions in a tasty chicken broth.

I ordered their signature dish, The Swamp Thang. Well, it’s the most beautiful thing to come out of the swamp since Dick Durock. While the stew of shrimp, scallops, crawfish, onions and collard greens were extremely fresh, the Dijon cream was a bit bland.

Now the real star of the evening was the shrimp and grits. Andouille sausage sat on creamy yet firm grits seasoned with shallots, garlic, and clam jus. So good!

And what’s a southern meal without sweet potato pie? A dollop of crème fraiche sprinkled with nuts, this warm, soft creamy pie reminds me of what I like most about the South. Sugar and butter.

B. Smith
50 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Metro: Red line to Union Station

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About the Author

Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.