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African restaurants are plentiful in the D.C. area, and adding to the local Motherland-influenced cuisine is Spicy Water African Grill brings Ivory Coast cuisine to 2019 11th Street NW, a few steps from U Street NW.
Primarily a takeout and delivery operation, the restaurant is developing a small upstairs dine-in space.
Before moving to its current location, owner Duraine Kouassi had a following from his previous stand in Eastern Market.
“We were growing, and customers kept asking when we would have a storefront location,” said Kouassi, who had specific needs before moving. “My main thing was to have a charcoal grill. In Africa, that has been our primary source of cooking.”
Spicy Water’s menu is filled with an assortment of grilled items. I tried the Shrimp Kebab Sandwich in a long baguette. The shrimp was perfectly grilled for the sandwich, nestled in mixed greens, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and a spicy chipotle sauce. My side order of plantain made for a huge meal. The sandwich is also available with chicken or beef. Spicy Water has grilled chicken, fish, dinner-size salads, and assorted side orders.
Located in the popular party areaOpen Tuesday through Sunday, Kouassi was clear on why he needed to be open until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
“People eat a lot of food late at night,” laughed Kouassi.
Spicy Water African Grill is located at 2019 11th St. NW and is open Tuesday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Thursday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Follow on Instagram: @spicywaterafricangrill.