High-profile people, including former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, have dined on low-country comfort foods like gumbo at Georgia Brown’s (950 15th St. NW, 202.393.4499), which also hosts a popular Sunday gospel brunch. Marvin (2007 14th St. NW, 202.797.7171) pays homage to R&B singer Marvin Gaye with an eclectic menu reflecting the vocalist’s years in D.C. and Belgium. Ben and Virginia Ali’s beloved Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St. NW, 202.667.0909, left) has been serving up the city’s famous “halfsmoke” hot dogs since 1958, drawing celebs and politicos, whose photos decorate the walls inside. In 2008, the Alis’ sons opened Ben’s
Next Door (1211 U St. NW, 202.667.8880), dishing up a full menu of Southern favorites like brined fried chicken and shrimp and white grits.