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Oohh’s & Aahh’s

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Diner, and Mac & Cheese Joint$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • The experts at Serious Eats and Food Network recommend this place
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    • Food Network
  • Dan N.
    "Collard greens are awesome!!!"(7 Tips)
    "Turkey Wings & Mac & Cheese!!"(2 Tips)
    William H.
    "Blackened Catfish with Peppers & Onions is the mutha muth"(6 Tips)
    Laura G A.
    "Best mac and cheese and fried chicken."(14 Tips)
93 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • mac & cheese
  • soul food
  • fried chicken
  • collard greens
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  • Justin H.
    Pretty much everything, but definitely try the macaroni
  • Justin H.
    The best macaroni I've ever had in my LIFE
  • Melvin
    MelvinMarch 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Collar greens, Mac and cheese, rice and gravy
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DeDeckerJanuary 17, 2016
    Classic Soul Food, Fried Chicken and fish, and the best Mac and cheese around
  • Kenneth E.
    Kenneth EvansDecember 29, 2015
    Bake Chicken and rice
  • Amielia l.
    Amielia laurnDecember 12, 2015
    I tried this place for the first time and the turkey wings in gravy were amazing. The place is very tight and small but that doesn't seem to bother anyone because they had a constant line.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveNovember 1, 2015
    Absolute hole in the wall, but also absolutely worth every bite. The chicken is bomb and mac & cheese is heaven
  • Jenn R.
    Jenn ReynoldsOctober 24, 2015
    Got the fried chicken with yams, string beans, and peach cobbler. You must stop here even if only traveling through! Staff was amazing, even the fellow patrons were awesome. Not a lot of seating thou
  • Cheryl O.
    Cheryl OwensOctober 12, 2015
    Fried shrimp... Potato salad... String beans... Cornbread...😁
  • P G.
    P GJune 28, 2015
    Yummy grub
  • P G.
    P GJune 28, 2015
    Great food
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsJune 13, 2015
    Best mac and cheese and fried chicken. Make sure to look for it or you might not notice it.
  • Cali W.
    Cali WilderApril 30, 2015
    Best soul food in the district. Cash only. Nothing gluten free.
  • ☈ | 2
    ☈ | 2March 26, 2015
    Food is excellent but Dine In is sluggish. Carryout Only.
  • Terrell
    TerrellJanuary 7, 2015
    The teriyaki salmon is incredible. A MUST! Can't go wrong w/ anything here though. Mac & cheese & greens are great as well.
  • markco t.
    markco toombsSeptember 13, 2014
    Shrimp and Grits!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Oohhs and Aahhs Gourmet Deli as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Mary D.
    Mary DoanAugust 24, 2014
    Fried chicken. Yams. Mac and cheese
  • Marche H.
    Marche HarperAugust 16, 2014
    Having lunch
  • Ella N.
    Ella NicoleAugust 8, 2014
    Best southern food in DC...go get some soul :-) you need it, looking all types of hungry!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy Fieri, rides over to the Oohhs & Aahhs Gourmet Deli in Washington, DC, a soul food joint serving up chicken wings smothered in housemade buffalo sauce. Read more
  • Charles ..
    Charles .July 31, 2014
    Good service. Food was great good portions. I enjoyed the sampler while I waited for my meal and that was on the money. However it is a bit pricey
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie McLeanJuly 13, 2014
    First time here. One of everything please 😬
  • Elder Roc R.
    Elder Roc RobinsonJuly 8, 2014
    I don't see the big deal... Just ok food
  • Nichole P.
    Nichole PhilpotJune 27, 2014
    $60 for 3 dinners?! We coulda sat down at a "nice" restaurant! Living Social Deal be damned. The potato salad is a winner, though.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 6, 2014
    Get the fried chicken at this homestyle soul food joint.
  • Brian T.
    Brian T.April 26, 2014
    Mac. And. Cheese.
  • Max F.
    Max FrankelApril 26, 2014
    Pretty fucken horrible. Popeyes is far better
  • James J.
    James Johnson Jr.April 20, 2014
    The worst service ever!!!
  • AT N.
    AT NW'sFinestApril 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The salmon is to die for!!!!
  • Gelinda
    GelindaMarch 22, 2014
    I had the fried wings, catfish and green beans. The wings were delicious. The catfish and green beans were not impressive. I plan to return to try some other items.
  • Alicia D.
    Alicia DesireeMarch 14, 2014
    Veggie platter for me (unhealthy lol)
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DerbahDecember 29, 2013
    The food is great but the parking is horrible, take the metro to this restaurant.
  • Karl S.
    Karl SchafferDecember 15, 2013
    Oohh and aahh is right!
  • Edman U.
    Edman UríasNovember 26, 2013
    Mac and cheese was orgasmic.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HarrisNovember 23, 2013
    Make sure that you ask for the side sampler.
  • Edman U.
    Edman UríasNovember 23, 2013
    Mac and cheese was the best I have ever had.
  • Ted I.
    Ted IrvingNovember 9, 2013
    The shrimp and grits is great but a lot!!
  • Emanuel B.
    Emanuel BanksOctober 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Food is overpriced, but it's worth every cent. Leave a tip their boss is cheap.
  • Erin W.
    Erin WallworkSeptember 28, 2013
    Parking is a b...and when one of the car passengers opened the door a man on a bike smacked into it worth it? Probably...the cat fish is great as well as the mac & cheese and sweet potatoes.
  • Liz S.
    Liz SackleySeptember 26, 2013
    wings still had hairs/feathers. Mac n cheese was cheesy but bland-had to put hot sauce for flavor. Greens were good. Peach cobbler wa loke brea pudding. Sorry Guy- DDD fail!
  • Prince G.
    Prince GordonSeptember 22, 2013
    Bomb ole food
  • Falasha H.
    Falasha HarrisonSeptember 15, 2013
    Everything's good. Got here a bit late all the cornbread is Gone!! :( but soul food till 4am... who's complaining
  • James S.
    James StolpAugust 9, 2013
    Fantastic food! Fried catfish, greens, grits and cheese, cornbread, sweet tea, great fries chicken. They're doing it right!
  • Eric S.
    Eric SherrodJuly 6, 2013
    Try the shrimp and grits mmmmmmmgood.
  • Mike R.
    Mike ReidJune 18, 2013
    The teriyaki wings were excellent. I'll say that much. The food is sloppily handled and poorly displayed. The service seems "reluctant" at best. Servers on cell phones much?
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MartinoJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The ribs and gravy will make you crazy!
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa ButlerMay 28, 2013
    Good food but very slow service. The dine-in area was very small. Only one waitress.
  • Tre'
    Tre'April 21, 2013
    In going IN!
  • Kim L.
    Kim LewisApril 1, 2013
    Hope you can look past how filthy the place is. I couldn't.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrMarch 12, 2013
    Definitely over-priced, and late night everything gets priced even higher. Soul food shouldn't cost $20 a plate. That said, Mac 'n cheese is really great, as are collards, wings, and fried chicken.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Warren ♏.
    Warren ♏ Johnson ♏February 28, 2013
    The Mac & Cheese is some kind of GOOD...
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasJanuary 24, 2013
    Some of the best soul food you can get. Isn't particularly cheap, but incredibly good – especially the homemade mac & cheese.
  • R T.
    R TurnerJanuary 19, 2013
    Bring cash and be prepared to wait... But it is totally worth it!
  • DeAndre J.
    DeAndre JonesJanuary 19, 2013
    By far the best overpriced food I've ever had!
  • Smiley
    SmileyJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I think they LOVE me
  • Dion B.
    Dion BarelaJanuary 11, 2013
    Mac 'N Cheese is to die for! Meatloaf is pretty good too. Chicken 'N Waffles are sold on the weekends (only)! Mmmmmmmmmmm.
  • arTIAstry
    arTIAstryJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Teriyaki Salmon FTW!
  • H I.
    H IJanuary 3, 2013
    Soul food for under $10
  • Dirk D.
    Dirk Diggler ♋June 17, 2012
    Not a bad place, but I expected more. VERY PRICEY.....baked chicken was good, mac n cheese (is not baked) was just okay to me, greens good.
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WongJune 5, 2012
    Great place to get your soul food fix
  • Dan N.
    Dan NielsenMay 18, 2012
    Collard greens are awesome!!!
  • arish
    arishApril 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    best late night food ever
  • David R.
    David RivesMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Welp. They got new furniture upstairs so it is not as cheezy. They painted and got booth furniture.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMarch 8, 2012
    Fried chicken breast was probably the best fried chicken I've ever had.
  • Shadonne
    ShadonneFebruary 15, 2012
    Teriyaki salmon and collard greens
  • William H.
    William HarrisFebruary 15, 2012
    The Blackened Catfish with Peppers & Onions is the mutha muth (watch yo mouth) Bomb!!
  • Lee M.
    Lee MatthewsJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Very good food
  • arish
    arishJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    the potato salad is ridiculous
  • Kamal J.
    Kamal JonesDecember 26, 2011
    Best Soul Food on East Coast By FAR!!!!!!!!!!
  • jt
    jtNovember 26, 2011
    Watch out for the late night upcharge...d'oh! ($12 plates become $20 after 10pm)
  • Chad C.
    Chad CampbellSeptember 14, 2011
    Only take cash, get the mac & chs, collard greens, and fried chicken... Great!
  • Brent J.
    Brent JacksonAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place was featured on DDD (Diners, Drive ins & Dives) on the Food Network. It has great food but only a few tables. Plan to order out!
  • Cryssy D.
    Cryssy DAugust 6, 2011
    Bbq'd wings just ok..but those gawd....delish
  • Lina P.
    Lina P.July 30, 2011
    Best Mac n cheese on earth, and chicken too
  • arish
    arishJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the only negative thing i can say about this place is that there is no couch to pass out on after eating the ridiculously amazing food.
  • Basic B.
    Basic BlackJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    To go me.
  • Toni S.
    Toni SynconJune 17, 2011
    Its all about the mac 'n cheese and yams. Though I'm not a fan of their BBQ wings.
  • Rebel
    RebelJune 11, 2011
    You HAVE to get the Turkey Wings & Mac & Cheese!! Everything else is delicious also but those are top notch.
  • Barrett R.
    Barrett RichardsApril 29, 2011
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathMarch 20, 2011
    Do I detect a hint of cinnamon in this Mac and Cheese? Is that... cardamom? I don't even know what that tastes like! Bottom line: you leave here w/o the mac and cheese, I don't know you.
  • David P.
    David PorrasMarch 19, 2011
    Best mac n' cheese in the District
  • ian h.
    ian hallJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If your late-night adventures land you on U St., don't pass up the opportunity to cap 'em off here. The sweet potatoes would make Nietzsche dance and sing!
  • Miss D.
    Miss D.January 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Okay well I guess I'm with the rest and giving a thumbs-up to the mac 'n' cheese and greens. But that grilled shrimp?? AWWW MAN!!!!!! :)
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LampkinsDecember 23, 2010
    Southern girl approves of the sweet tea. Get the mac n cheese.
  • Daetwan W.
    Daetwan WilliamsOctober 29, 2010
    The fried shrimp were the bomb.
  • nadeea b.
    nadeea bayneOctober 25, 2010
    food was great...try tha mac and cheese and tha collard greens
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MedinaOctober 17, 2010
    Fried catfish and Mac n cheese is no joke. Sweet tea is perfect. FYI - they only take cash.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick StrangeOctober 16, 2010
    First Visit - I had the Fried Chicken Breast, Rice & Gravy and Collared Greens. DELICIOUS!
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangAugust 17, 2010
    The fried chicken is fried chicken wings. I'd recommend that with collard greens and mac & cheese. It's enough for two meals!
  • Bethany R.
    Bethany RochmannJuly 14, 2010
    So so so good! It's too hot to eat downstairs so sit upstairs. Mac n cheese is incredible and the salmon was delicious!
  • Allyson R.
    Allyson RudolphJanuary 17, 2010
    Mac and Cheese and Collard Greens. Get them.
  • Paul Carrick B.
    Paul Carrick BrunsonDecember 24, 2009
    The best soul food spot in the city!
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