restaurants / Southern

Vidalia information

Washington, DC , USA
1990 M St NW
+1 202 659 1990
Getting there
Underground Rail: Dupont Circle
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mains $30-34
Opening hours
lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily
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Is it fair to call Vidalia ‘Southern?’ Chef Jeff Buben, who also runs the kitchen in Bistro Bis in the Hotel George, is a man who likes his French influences. But there’s clear Southern roots in his focus on mixing the rich with the filling – ‘Southern’ ain’t just grits, after all. Although with that said, the shrimp and grits here are something else, a sort of Platonic ideal of the shrimp and grits concept. The menu changes regularly, but it always revolves around unique, approachable flavors, say sweetbreads and waffles under bacon fondue. The signature side is a slow-cooked version of the titular onion. The subterranean dining room, wallpapered in sultry-sweet magnolia, is exquisitely lovely.