Friday, November 27, 2009

Busboys and Poets

Last date I was here: 11/27/2009

Restaurant: Busboys and Poets (
Location: Mount Vernon Triangle

Total Rating: 3.5
Food: 3, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

Summary: Serving a mix of gourmet "coffee house food", Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005 Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas "Andy" Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening, the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW, the neighboring residents and the progressive community, embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in three distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers. Closest Metro is Mount Vernon Square or Gallery Place-Chinatown.

We tried this casual place after watching a movie and I was surprised by how large the space was. Decorated all over with various local artists' work and blasting hip music, the staff was young and friendly. I noticed several vegetarian options on the menu as well as updated classics. Since it was cold out, I ordered a chai latte - it was a little small and lukewarm to my liking. However, my food was largely portioned and fresh. This place may be good to meet up with friends or for a casual meeting, but I would not go out of my way to eat here.

What I ate:

Veggie Burgerhomemade vegetarian burger with sprouts, avocado, tomato
served with french fries

Plus Keith ate:

Crab Cake Sandwich
with Old Bay tartar sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion

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