Even on a weekday it is a busy scene at this restaurant on Washington s street.
Customers line up for fried chicken，
mac and cheese candied， yams ，corn， bread what ’s known as soul food.
Soul food Moniker came from in the 60s and 70s when we had the Black Power movement，
and I mean was about having pride in your style of cuisine.
Putting your soul in it，
and it fed you know the masses since seventeen hundreds of before it.
Located just a few blocks from the African American civil war memorial.
The woods and AHS restaurant is becoming the soul food hub of Washington DC.
We have a lot of excellent，
excellent guests that have come here that it might be famous Jay z Le Bron James J Cole.
He comes in all the time.
But these dishes which are traditional African American home staples are in fact enjoyed by everyone here.
Which one is your favorite?
Definitely the fried chicken!
Yeah for sure yeah yeah so being from Texas，we ate a lot of soul food.
fried chicken， waffles， green beans， cornbread，
everything but on the fried chicken sausage.
War winning chef RJ Abbott started cooking at a young age.
Learning in the field through trial and error，
and now nothing makes him happier than seeing customers enjoying the recipe he got from his grandmother.
For everybody to know something about,
you know African-American history and some of the things that we went through，
the success stories are more than you know just a few
that you hear about you know sporadically，
and he hopes his story as well as the recipe that carries a cultural and historic significance keeps inspiring those who come to eat at his restaurant.