Matthew and Cassandra Samuels
Matthew and Cassandra Samuels Credit: Matthew McIntosh

Order A Place To Walk To‘s burger patty sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches and slathered with bacon onion jam, as a treat. It’s one of the signature dishes at the Hyattsville restaurant that opened on Jan. 26 near the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station. The restaurant serves generous breakfast platters as early as 6 a.m. on weekday mornings. 

A Place To Walk To started out as a food truck run by brothers Matt and Shawn Samuels. The brick-and-mortar restaurant is even more of a family business. Matt and his sister, Bernice Nelson, head up operations and many of the dishes stem from family recipes. Their mother, Cassandra Samuels, is from North Carolina and their father’s side of the family is from Guyana. 

Matt grew up in the area, graduating from Roosevelt High School before playing Division I basketball in college. “Outside of basketball I knew I wanted to do something in the restaurant industry,” he says. “I grew up going to restaurants. My dad took us out to eat every weekend.” 

So far Matt says the most popular dishes on the menu are the shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, grilled cheese burger, and jerk wings. He tapped Jesse Welch to serve as the head chef of the 55-seat restaurant. Currently the restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license but Matt says they might explore that in the future after building a foundation based on food alone. See the menu below, which is subject to change. 

A Place To Walk To is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed on Tuesdays. It operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Matt says he hopes diners feel like the atmosphere is inviting with a touch of nostalgia. 

A Place To Walk To,  6451 America Boulevard, Hyattsville;