with Cajun/Southern cuisine prepared by a Louisiana-born chef, along with Keith’s mom, who prepares the macaroni and cheese, collard greens and peach cobbler herself. On weekends, live jazz is offered at the restaurant, or head to the dance dub on the lower level. Main courses range from $13 to $20.
BET on Jazz. Downtown D.C.’s new restaurant, BET on Jazz (730 11th St. NW; 202-608-2032; will open in July) brings the cable channel to life in a jazzy, art-deco environment. Culinary creativity is evident on the New World Caribbean menu, with specialties ranging from Caribbean-spiced maple leaf duck breast to broiled Colorado lamb chops and Bahamian grouper. Jazz music greats and rising stars will be featured live on weekends. Entrees will be moderately priced.
BET SoundStage. Black Entertainment Television makes you the celebrity as you enjoy traditional American cuisine with a distinctly Southern flair. “Interactive hosts” engage patrons in trivia, sing-alongs and celebrations, while others watch on video monitors situated throughout the high-tech, casual dining restaurant. BET SoundStage
(9640 Lottsford Court, Largo, MD; 301-8839500) is located 10-15 minutes north of downtown D.C. Entrees range from $11 to $19.
B. Smith’s. Lifestyles guru Barbara Smith lends trademark style to her New York City and D.C. restaurants. At B. Smith’s in D.C. (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE; 202-289-6188), Union Station’s turn-of-the-century Presidential Suite provides a dramatic backdrop to the eclectic Southern and regional specialties. Savory dishes ranging from $11 to $22 include glazed pork tenderloin with spicy mango-papaya chutney and Virginia trout with vegetable and seafood stuffing.