The Washington Post had a somewhat Lenten-themed feature a few weeks ago — and while we’re officially post-Easter, my love of all things meatless most definitely has no expiration date. The Post decided to highlight a DC institution, Horace & Dickie’s seafood on H Street NE.
Horace & Dickie’s features what has become a signature DC dish — piping hot, slapped-on-a-bun-with-hot-sauce whiting filets. Their menu has a slew of standard and less conventional fried fish favorites (their crab cakes also look pretty tantalizing), but whiting is their specialty. The Post article (link here) has a detailed and fun history of how whiting rose in popularity, culminating in stands like Horace & Dickie’s becoming so popular in the District’s borders. Fun, fried and tasty? What’s not to love?
Also a fun fact: The joint was featured on Man vs. Food — and if it’s good enough for Adam Richman’s ginormous, elastic stomach, it’s good enough for you!
Horace & Dickie’s has a brand new branch in Takoma Park, and I hit up the fresh fried fishy tastiness on Ash Wednesday in February. It’s affordable — most baskets are under $10, save the aforementioned crab (unsurprisingly) — and made fresh to order every time. As far as sides go, try the Mac & Cheese (Un. Real.) or Stewed Collard Greens. The collards are spicy, juicy and richly flavorful. Muy delicioso!