If you are looking for GOOD seafood look no more, Fish in the Hood is here for all your food needs. I first came in contact with this place my freshman year of college, almost 4 years ago. It was love at first sight for sure! Me and my friends who literally go any time we got extra money because it was a tad bit pricey. I even put my mama onto this place when she came in town, and she also loved it. Around my sophomore year, Fish in the Hood burned down due to an electrical issue. When I tell ya’ll my heart broke in pieces, I was so sad. It wasn’t until a couple months ago my favorite place opened back up. When I went back in for the first time, I fell in love all over again. This spot is a to go spot, so don’t plan on sitting down and eating. All of the seafood is cooked to order, so you don’t have to worry about if it’s fresh or not. I usually get the broiled salmon, macaroni, and yams. If ya’ll wasn’t a believer of any of my post, believe this one!! Next time you are on Georgia Ave stop in and tell them Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo


Today, I want to dedicate this post to T’Keyah Lynette. She is a 20-year-old Junior at Howard University in the school of communications. Over the last week, T’keyah visited many restaurants during D.C. Black Restaurant week. Although there were many great restaurants, one that stuck out the most was Ruby’s Southern Kitchen. T’keyah’s goal is to keep business and money in the black community.

“It is our duty to support our fellow black peers, because if we don’t who will?” – T’keyah

I appreciate T’keyah for taking the time to talk to me about her adventure! Head over to her blog to get the scoop about Ruby’s Southern Kitchen and tell her Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattooTK2.gif


Let me start by saying this place is open past 10, can I get an Amen!! We all know in D.C. it’s very rare to find somewhere with good food after that time. Anyway, Rewind is also owned by the people who own the nightclub Decades. They will more than likely check your ID, so if you are under 21 I am sorry, but sucks to suck haha. The inside looks like a little old school diner that you see on the old T.V. shows. They play music and also have a T.V. which plays the video of whatever you are listening to. It gives me a real 90’s electro vibe and I love that. There is also a bar for my drinkers! Everyone who works there is so nice and gives GREAT service. The food was also really good with even better prices. I didn’t think the steak would be good, but boy when I tell you it was amazing, I am not lying. There are also 2 entrances that leads you into the club after you eat which is also great! Next time you’re on Connecticut Ave, stop by Rewind and tell them Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo

Po Boy Jim

This newly opened place is great for events! Po Boy Jim of course sells po boys, wings, and great drinks. They have a happy hour that’s between 5-7p.m. and everything is half off. Very great environment and it’s black owned, which is an even bigger plus. If you are from the south and sometimes get home sick, come here because it gives you a southern feel, like cmon they have gumbo! There prices are for the most part affordable, and everyone who works there does a great job of making sure service is A1. Next time you’re by Howard stop by Po Boy Jim and tell them Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo

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Masa Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi

Who doesn’t like hibachi? This place is in silver springs right down Georgia Avenue! First of all, make a reservation if you have more than 4 people!!! You will be waiting all day if you don’t. Any who, this place is so freaking cute in the inside. The prices are as expected, like any hibachi $15-$20 during lunch and $20 and up during dinner. The best thing about Hibachi restaurants is that they cook the food right in front of you! They put the onions in the middle and make a little fire, which is also always fun to watch lol. As many times I’ve been to Masa, I have the same exact reaction every single time, but don’t we all? Also try a sake bomb when you’re there! Next time you’re in silver spring, stop in and tell them Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo


DC Reynolds

This spot is in the cut! I went here with a friend once and they told me that they found it on yelp, so don’t sleep on them yelp reviews. Anyway, DC Reynolds is a bar but its also a restaurant. They don’t have traditional food, but what they do have, at least what I tasted, was good. Every week they have these daily specials, I went on a Tuesday, and luckily it was taco Tuesday. If you know me, you know I love tacos! So, with the meal it was 3 tacos which also came with 3 shots of tequila plus a tequila soup. I.Was.In.Love. The food was great and the shots did their job. The shots were also all different flavored which made it even more fun and cute lol. There wasn’t any music playing, but it was still a very fun time. I would recommend this place 100%! Next time you’re on Georgia Avenue stop by DC Reynolds and tell them Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo #prettygirlspartytoo




Boy oh boy, I am in love with vapiano. If you are a pasta fan, LOOK NOWHERE BUT HERE. First of all, lets discuss their water. I’ve had lemon and cucumber water before but never like this. Their water literally tastes as if God himself came down and cut the lemons, no exaggeration. Next, the pasta… I can’t even explain it, because it is that good that you just have to experience it.

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You can start by picking any type of pasta that you like. My ultimate favorite is penne, makes me feel rich. I usually get the Shrimp E Spinaci which comes with Shrimp, homemade basil pesto, refined with cream and parmesan tossed with baby spinach. I add salmon too because that’s just how I am lol. They also have salads, pizza, and deserts to choose from if you like those things too. Depending on what you get, Vapiano is inexpensive, but if you like me and like to add food, be prepared to spend a little extra. My experience at Vapiano is always nothing short of amazing. When you walk in you are instantly greeted by the host, they give you this card that you scan when you order your food. Your food is made right in front of you and never takes more than 15 minutes! I love this place lol!! Next time you are in Chinatown, stop in Vapiano and tell them Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo


Hey pretty girls I know you missed me, but I’m back with great new content so let’s get this train back moving!! Charley’s, talk about a good sandwich! It’s actually weird because I’ve never seen a charley’s that WASN’T in a mall/food court. But nonetheless, charley’s is great. Their signature sandwiches are the chicken California and chicken philly. You know when you in the food court at the mall and walking around getting samples? Charley’s is always one of those restaurants giving free samples, and I love it. The chicken California is made with chicken, provolone cheese, and ranch. I literally can’t get enough of it. Another one of my favorite sandwiches there is the chicken philly, I like this sandwich because you can get fries with it too for only $6. If you know charley’s you know a whole sandwich with fries will run you about $10-$12 alone! So they are pretty pricey, but still so good. I also love their real fruit lemonades. The flavors that they have is strawberry, blueberry, peach, and of course original flavored lemonade. Next time you stop at a mall, be sure to go to Charley’s… it won’t disappoint. Don’t forget, tell them Mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo

Insomnia Cookies

SWEETS!!! Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth?? Insomnia cookies is beyond great for those late night rides and maybe even after a date night, eh? My first time I went was after a night of clubbing of course lol, I had just had Italian Kitchen and was craving something sweet. I was actually mad at myself for sleeping so long on this establishment. I didn’t know what to get, but didn’t want to be basic and get chocolate chip cookies. So, I got a sugar cookie and snicker doodle. Now, lets take a look at the masterpiece insomnia creates:insomnia 2

Insomnia has many cookie and ice cream selections, I personally love the sugar cookies and vanilla ice cream combo. One thing I love the most is that you don’t have to worry about your cookies being good, because they are!! They are warm every single time I walk in, heavenly. On top of that, they close at or around 4 a.m., which is also a plus. & guess what? THEY DELIVER! Like, I can get a sweet tooth at 2 a.m. and not even have to get out the bed. I want every one to try insomnia cookies and tell me about their experience! Now, ya’ll know the rule, go to an insomnia and tell them mari sent you! #prettygirlseattooinsomnia cookies.jpg

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This is for my pretty girls on they healthy sh*t. Roti is a mediterranean restaurant that stands on the slogan “food that loves you back.” Ya’ll, sometimes I can be a picky eater when it comes to healthy foods, but I actually love Roti. You start in the line and pick if you want a salad, rice plate, or sandwich (laffa wrap or pita pocket). After that you go down to your proteins and you have the option of choosing from the following: falafel (vegetarian option), salmon, spicy lamb meatballs, steak roti (beef), chicken roti(personal fav) and chicken kabob. After your proteins you pick your sauces which are your spicy sauces (green and red shug), mild (roasted red pepper) and then your calm sauces( tahini, garlic, and dill yogurt and cucumber). After your sauces is your sides, which you get unlimited of. The sides are hummus, tomatoes and cucumbers, red cabbage, roasted veggies, cous cous and whatever seasonal side they are offering which is kale and chic peas salad right now. Lastly, you have all of your toppings which includes: pickles, pickled onions, cilantro, olives and feta cheese. If you want a sweet taste, you can top it off with red wine vinaigrette salad dressing!

What I love most about Roti is that the food is always fresh and more than likely made in house. It’s also very healthy with low calories so it makes me feel good after I eat it. I would recommend this restaurant 100% to anyone who wants to try something new. Slide over to my instagram (@marilinai) to see pics of the delicious food and also go to a Roti and tell them mari sent you! #prettygirlseattoo