Immigrant Food

Image: Madam VP’s Heritage Bowl

Last Updated: December 2022

Current Status: Immigrant Food is serving up its bowls of goodness for dine-in, take-out and delivery.  It is generally walk-in, but you can make brunch reservations.  Note that in addition to the shop on Pennsylvania Ave., they also have a location at Union Market.  They also opened a spot inside the Planet Word Museum with an expanded, more formal menu and cocktails.  Tom in the Post heaped praise on the museum spot.

As the name implies, immigrants and their stories are at the center of the restaurant.  The menu is built around flavors that immigrants from all over the globe have brought to the United States.  Founded as a cause-casual restaurant (like Muchas Gracias), they “want to raise public awareness of [NGOs serving the immigrant community] work and support them by channeling donors, volunteers and providing space to meet special needs.”  The man behind the food is Chef Enrique Limardo of the outstanding Seven Reasons.  While the plating here is simple, the flavors are no less bold than at his flagship.

Engagement Menu – ways to get involved.


Cuisine: Sandwiches/Salads (Bowls)
Downtown – 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006
Union Market – 1309 5th St NE, Washington DC 20002
Planet Word Museum – 925 13th St. NW Washington DC 20005
Reservations: Walk-in

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: Tom gives back story and generally approves.  Tim also did a story prior to opening.  Outside the Food section, Jason Rezaian made a plug.

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