Mean't to report back but have been waylaid with a cold and figuring out the new format. I visited Saint's Paradise and was pleased if not overwhelmed./ it is as Jim Leff described adequate soul food without being wonderful, but if you come from Boston, adequate soul food served by nice old ladies is enough. I had the day's blue plate special: fried pork chop (that the kindly put gravy on for me) mac and cheese and collard greens. Nothing sublime but great value for $5.99. It's easy accessibility to the metro (Mt Vernon on Yellow line), the Convention Center (across the street) and downtown makes this a nice alternative to the medicore chain restaurants.
A perhaps lesser known place off Wisconsin Ave in Bethesda, near The Doubletree (formerly Holiday Inn), is a small mexican stand that seems to cater to latino workmen in the area. The menu items are listed on paper plates stuck to the wall behind the counter and in front of teh kitchen where a grandmotherly looking woman cooks. While not listed, I asked for a got a chicharonnes burrito which was pretty good and inexpensive ($5.75). Check it out if in the area.