Many Members have found local spots to satisfy their cravings for Southern snacks. Rep. Rick Crawford goes to H Street when he wants catfish, while Sen. John Boozman heads to Old Town Alexandria, Va. Boozman, Crawford and others can get their fill of their favorites this weekend at the Taste of the South Gala.
Rep. Louie Gohmert misses Mexican food and barbecue when he’s in Washington — although he said the Capitol Hill Club puts out some tasty Texas treats from time to time. The Texas Republican also gave props to Ben’s Chili Bowl.
“What they’ve got is good for D.C., but I’m so spoiled by the food back home,” he said.
Newly elected Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) knows exactly where to find good Southern food. “It’s at my condo, where my wife makes it,” he said.
Boozman, a big fan of chicken-fried steak and cheese grits, likes Southside 815 in Old Town Alexandria, Va. A trip there will skyrocket his cholesterol, he said, but the food is worth it.
Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), a big fan of Memphis-style barbecue, hasn’t yet found a barbecue restaurant here up to his standards. He does say Horace and Dickie’s on H Street Northeast makes a mean catfish.
That should tickle the fancy of Sen. Thad Cochran, who loves Southern-style catfish. He was the least dismissive of the District’s Southern offerings.
“Washington really is a Southern city,” the Mississippi Republican said.
Nevertheless, quite a few Southern Members miss home.
“It’s the food, the warmth, its people, the friendliness, and the idea that no one’s tense and going forward real fast,” Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R-Texas) said. “Here in Washington, it’s a different world.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.