B Smith’s

restaurants / Southern

B Smith’s information

Location
Washington, DC , USA
Address
50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Union Station
Telephone
+1 202 289 6188
Getting there
Underground Rail: Union Station
More information
www.bsmith.com
Prices
mains $19-31
Opening hours
lunch & dinner
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With its spectacular vaulted ceilings, marble floors and Ionic columns, you can’t beat this place’s location in the former Presidential Waiting Hall at Union Station. It is a remarkable contrast to the down-home Southern fare served here by former model Barbara Smith (whose unclouded complexion once graced Oil of Olay ads). Which is not to say the food is not delicious: it is. She upgrades Southern classics to sophisticated oeuvres in fun and unexpected ways, eg vegetarian ribs and the ‘Swamp Thang,’ a mess of crawfish, scallops and shrimp on collard greens swimming in Dijon cream. The restaurant attracts an affluent crowd and is as popular for après-work drinks as it is for dinner. The ambience is soul soothing, with mellow lights and music, muted colors and mod art on the walls.