It is practically impossible to find an eating establishment these days that isn’t on Yelp, Urbanspoon or any of the food review sites. Even the most obscure restaurant has at least one review, even if that review was written by the owner in 2007.
But here’s one for you that you won’t find on any of the sites — the Greater New Hope Baptist Church.
It’s never occurred to me to have lunch at a church, but at Greater Hope New Baptist, they serve up lunch in their dining room every Wednesday through Friday.
I’ve heard one of my co-workers talk about “going to the church” for months now for their fried fish. Finally, on a recent unseasonably mild winter day, she took us to this secret place near Chinatown.
Served up cafeteria-style, the lunch options are comfort food galore. Among the items on the board that I jotted down: turkey wings, chicken wings, Salisbury steak, meat loaf, fried whiting, liver and onions, pork ribs, fried trout, candied yams, collards, corn bread, potato salad and Lipitor.
This is my packed plate of chicken wings, potato salad, collards and corn bread.
I don’t claim to be a comfort food expert, but I had zero complaints. None. What’s to complain about with crispy chicken and stick-to-your-ribs sides?
We waddled back to work and I almost took a nap under my desk, Costanza-style. I can’t say I’m much of a church-going man, but I’m happy to go again if it involves lunch.
Greater New Hope Baptist Church
816 8th St. NW