Busboys and Poets

District of Columbia, USA

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A hip restaurant, cafe, bar and bookstore

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Bar, Other

Third location of the popular cafe/bookstore. They have many vegan Asian dishes, vegan sandwiches, veggie burgers, and a variety of vegetarian and vegan pizza choices.

You can get dressed up and go here for a semi-fancy dinner out, go for some drinks on Saturday night, or just go during an afternoon for a coffee with your laptop. They have free wireless internet access.

There is a bookstore built into the space as well. They host open mic nights.

Added by conde.kedar on Nov 10 08 (last updated Nov 16 08)

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Good meal at a good price. The menu I got at the bar at 10:30 am was pretty limited for vegans and for everybody, but there were a couple of substantive meals available. The venue was not quiet but not loud, and there was a friendly-seeming bustle.

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What a great concept of a restaurant. This particular branch is a large, two story loft-space with the cozy atmosphere of someone's living room. It's not quiet, but not loud either, and it's a good place to take a date or to just sit and read and drink tea (or a beer). The bar area is particularly welcoming and already has the feel of a place with many regulars, even though the joint seems pretty new. The upstairs space is fairly quiet and offers a smaller bar along with comfortable seats and sofas to just hang out.

My vegan pizza with soy cheese and garlic-oil sauce was quite tasty and my non-vegan friend liked it as well. Our white chocolate raspberry vegan cheesecake was tasty, but not the best I've ever had. That said, the slice was huge and substantial, and well-priced at $5.

The service is friendly and fairly attentive, but not obtrusive. This is definitely a popular date spot so the servers tend to let you linger for a while, I think.

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In between the Mount Vernon Metro stop and the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop.



$$ - average


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  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)
  • Pizza


  • Live Music
  • Romantic
  • Wi-Fi


Inside the cafe

Inside the cafe


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