I don’t know what it is about Marvin that makes me so happy. It could be the delicious dressed up country dishes, the attractive people, the Marvin Gaye soundtrack or the stylish ambiance.
I think what I like most about dinner at Marvin (because the bar upstairs is a whole other story–ritzy and fabulous) is chef James Claudio’s acceptance of Southern staples and the bravery to spin them.
My favorite is the fried chicken and waffle, at $16, the plate offers steamed collard greens, a Belgian waffle, and a quarter of fried chicken, topped with gravy and maple syrup. As a classic of church potlucks in years past, this dish is completely fresh and completely delicious. It’s difficult to ever order anything else.
The shrimp and grits appetizer, $8, is the best I’ve ever had. I haven’t eaten a ton of grits in this life, but nothing could be better than this–creamy, buttery, flavorful, topped with juicy seared shrimp. What more could you want?
The flavor parade continues through dessert. My most memorable dessert has been the salty caramel ice cream, $8. Salty and creamy together were a perfect pairing to the apple tart. Aside: if you’re trying your hand at pie crust making, I’m sure the kitchen at Marvin could give you some tips.
At the corner of U and 14th, NW, Marvin is perfect for starting or ending an evening in U Street. Or Logan Circle. Or Dupont. Or really, any time.