Dec 10

History With a Side of Fried Chicken: Fully Appreciate The Colonel’s Past and Future

Know anything about the real Colonel? (No, not the one who sells fried chicken.)

Not only did this 25 year old lead the first (very controversial) fully African-American regiment in the Army way back in 1863, but he went on to rally for better pay and equal treatment for his men.

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw is The Colonel’s namesake for good reason. Our original structure was built at the turn of the century, and every floorplan is designed to honor old world sensibilities and embrace modern conveniences. Why? We find history important, and so does the rest of the neighborhood.

Shaw has seen riots and civil unrest, and it rolls onward – with a thriving soul food scene that hearkens back to the old days. Here are some of our top picks for taking in some history (and fried chicken):

Stroll to Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St. NW DC), and take a bite of the smoky and spicy steaming chili. This place opened in 1958, and it was one of the few buildings to survive the 1968 riots over Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Gnaw on crunchy, juicy fried chicken at Eatonville (2121 14th St. NW DC), a southern cooking establishment named after Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown in Florida. Take her most famous novel about slavery in early America, Their Eyes Were Watching God, with you. We’re warning you, though, this isn’t light reading; blame your watery eyes on the ale-braised spicy shrimp.

Before work, head to Uprising, a muffin shop on 7th Street (1817 7th St. NW DC), and revel in made-from-scratch goodies and coffee that will take you straight to days of home-ground wheat and general stores. The name of this place reminds us that this neighborhood is both saturated in history and accelerating into a bright future.

We at The Colonel are proud to be apart of a colonel’s courageous past and a neighborhood’s bright future, and we salute the Colonel dwellers who have a prime view of that future… from rooftop to balcony.

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