Saint's Paradise is easily the largest purveyor of soul food in Washington, DC and is located a surprisingly convenient 1/2 block from the New Convention Center Metro stop. As Lauryn has pointed out before, it has been referred to in the past as "Daddy Grace's Kitchen." It can be described as being in a church basement, but that description is misleading. It is a large, spiffy purpose-built cafeteria with skylights and ceiling fans, and has a corporate, if sterile look to it.
That's where any familiarity ends, though, as a long line of locals and construction workers snakes its way in front of brutishly large slabs of cake, containers of banana pudding that weigh as much as a small child, and a steam table filled with fried seafood, meatloaf, and the like. Everything from chitterlings to roast beef. There is no effort made in the way of appealing presentation.
I went for the turkey wings, greens, and rice with yellow gravy. Cornbread is served on the side. And I got a portion of peach cobbler.
The wings were not pretty to look at, but one bite made you wonder why we don't see these served more often. The collards were rich tasting, and the gravy was very, very yellow. It tasted only of yellow. The cobbler was standard cafeteria fare, no contest with a recent version at CF Folks.
This place would be a good option for a Chowhound and family who would like to take a break from visiting the Smithsonian, hop on a Metro, and be transported to how Washington really eats and lives. It is open from 7am to 7pm Monday - Friday and 8am - 6pm both Sat. and Sun.