Sunday, May 31, 2009

B. Smith - Whatever You Do, Do It With Style

by Richard Ivory

If you are ever in Washington, DC, and in search of a nice place to eat without the huge price tag, check out B. Smith’s at Union Station. The restaurant is named after its owner Barbara (”B.”) Smith who is a restaurant entrepreneur . She was also the TV host of “. B. Smith with Style”, which use to air on NBC stations around the country. According to media outlets, NBC carried the show into the homes of more than 90% of the population and in 40 different Countries.

It was while watching these shows that I first heard about B-Smith and the awesome work she was doing. I remember thinking to myself while watching her show “Now here’s a woman who understands the American dream”. B. Smith, unlike many other black owned restaurants, was able to transcend the traditional label of being “a Black enterprise” to being simply an “American enterprise”.

Recently, a few friends and I had the opportunity to visit one of her restaurants (she has 3) located in DC’s Historic Union Station. When we walked into the entrance, we were immediately struck by the glamour of the restaurant’s interior design.According to the restaurant’s website it features a combination of Cajun, Creole and Southern Cuisine and has a 30-foot ceiling, period chandelier, and is a national landmark. Of course, the beauty of the place was only surpassed by both its delicious food and courteous service.

If you want to have a nice time out on the town when in the Washington DC Area, B. Smith’s owned by B. Smith is the place to visit.

Location:Union Station50 Massachusetts Avenue, NEWashington, DC 20002 (map)Phone: (202) 289-6188Fax: (202) 289-6199

HoursMon-Thu 11:30am to 3:00pm,5:00pm to 9:00pmFri 11:30am to 3:00pm,5:00pm to 10:00pmSat Noon to 3:00pm,5:00pm to 10:00pm Sun 11:30am to 9:00pm

Richard Ivory is the Publisher of, a centrist blog that delves into urban issues from the Republican/Libertarian perspective. He has worked on over a dozen political campaigns around the country and has worked for both the Republican National Committee and was the College outreach director for Republican Youth Majority.

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