As you walk in, you'll be greeted by the same long stretch of red-topped bar that Smokey Robinson used to imbibe at. Of course, there's been a few welcome updates. For one, Mr. Robinson never got to try one of Flava's signature alcohol-infused cake pops.What's chock full of history, located near 6th and T St., NW, and recently had it's grand re-opening party? If you think Howard Theatre is the only answer, then you're also only half right. Right next door, across a little alleyway, a smaller but no less historically significant venue opened its doors recently, as well. It's called Flava @ Wa-Zo-Bia and it's pretty dang awesome. "This used to be called Cecilia's," said May Edoho, who owns Flava with her sister Mina. "It's where all the performers from the theater used to come before and after their shows. They used to sit right here at this bar." And she doesn't just mean that metaphorically. As you walk in, you'll be greeted by the same long stretch of red-topped bar that Smokey Robinson used to imbibe at. Of course, there's also been a few welcome updates. For one, Mr. Robinson never got to try one of May's signature alcohol-infused cake pops. And yes, get excited because you read that correctly (try the Patron Lemon or the Remy Red Velvet). For the main course, choose from a well-curated mix of creative bar food (Alfredo fries!), as well as Soul Food, Caribbean and African classics, like the not-to-be-missed Egusi Soup, whipped up daily by May and Mina's super cool (and super talented) mom.
Alfredo Fries, $6
BBQ Wings, $7.50
Egusi Soup, $16
Curry Shrimp, $14.50
Molton Mac and Cheese (it has a jalapeño kick!), $3.50
Alcohol-infused cake pops, $3.50
Sunday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight
Friday - Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.