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Busboys and Poets


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Add Beef Chili $2.0
Diced Grilled Chicken $2.0
blue corn tortilla chips with guacamole, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapenos, roasted corn and black beans
Vegan Nachos
yellow corn tortilla chips with guacamole, daiya vegan cheese, pico de gallo, vegan sour cream, black-eyed pea and red pepper salsa
Chicken Quesadilla
mixed peppers, grilled onions and jack cheese with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream
Vegan Quesadilla
roasted red peppers, grilled portabella mushrooms, grilled onions, spinach, daiya vegan cheese with guacamole, pico de gallo, vegan sour cream on rosemary tortilla
Local Cheese Plate
a collection of local artisan (non-pasteurized) cheeses including cheddar (goat), colby (cow) and pepper jack (cow) served with french baguette
Chicken Barley Soup
with mixed vegetables
Harira Soup
moroccan bean soup
Beef Chili
ground grass-fed beef, beans; topped with cheese and sour cream, served with natural blue corn tortilla chips
add: chicken or portobello ($4),mahi mahi fish, steak, or shrimp ($6), salmon or crab cake ($9)
House Salad
mixed field greens, carrots, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes tossed in balsamic vinaigrette
Greek Salad
romaine lettuce, feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumbers tossed in feta dressing
Spinach & Wheatberry Salad
baby spinach, fresh oranges, dried cranberries and roasted almonds tossed in a ginger-sesame vinaigrette and garnished with crispy asian noodles
Caesar Salad
traditional caesar salad served with garlic croutons
Cobb Salad
mixed field greens, grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, egg and caramelized onions tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and topped with blue cheese crumbles
Poached Pear Salad
mixed field greens, caramelized onions and caramelized pecans tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with goat cheese
Orzo Pasta
with sweet potato, asparagus, shallots, shiitake, red pepper and kale, tossed in a tomato olive oil sauce
marinated with moroccan charmoula and pan-seared; served with couscous, carrots, shallots and green peas, tossed in a roasted tomato sauce
with a lemon butter sauce; served with tomatoes, capers, collard greens, and a corn cake
Blackened Salmon
with a lemon butter sauce; served with wild rice and asparagus, topped with tomato corn shallots salsa
Shrimp & Grits
with a cajun cream sauce; served with asparagus, roasted corn, tomatoes and a basil grits cake
Fried Chicken
herb cornmeal-encrusted chicken breast with a chardonnay cream sauce; served with mashed potatoes, spinach and mushrooms
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
served with coconut ice cream
Chocolate Layer Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Pecan Pie
served with vanilla ice cream
Mini Apple Pie
served with vanilla ice cream
Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bar, events space, bookstore and cultural hub where arts, politics and culture internally collide. Menu is vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly.
US$ 6 - US$ 22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, Bar
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We loved the atmosphere here and marveled at the bookstore within the restaurant. Service was good, though we'd been warned it could be spotty. Our party of 5 (with 2 gluten free eaters) was accommodated well. Nice variety of wine and beer. The catfish was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank jandago
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great food, and lovely atmosphere. Food was fresh, service so cool and atmosphere fun and inviting. Tomato soup was really good. For lunch we encountered a very mixed and fun customers.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Varda A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The first problem was being sat near a draughty door without checking it was acceptable to us.So we moved into a nicer position no problem. Tried to order a beer... Been burnt in Washington on my first day so I wanted to check the volume...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank md5858
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recommendation of a local we went here for a late lunch. Apparently we need to go back for brunch (he raved about it). The food was fresh, service so cool and the atmosphere fun and inviting. They have a full bar. I can't...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Dana S
Reviewed 16 January 2019

Washington DC is such town with so many things to do but be sure to put this gem on your list! I sat at the bar and had the BEST bloody Mary I've ever had. The rim was coated with something I couldn't place... Turns...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Hollychi
Reviewed 15 January 2019

We loved this place. Our server was friendly and helpful, really on his game. The huge menu provided LOTS of health minded options. Our meals were tasty and filling, and afterwards we didn't feel gross and overstuffed. They source locally and clearly take pride in...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dawnn P
Reviewed 14 January 2019

This is a cool place located in a good part of town. The selection was good. What makes this place so special is the ambiance. Very hip and literate. Fun place to feel like a 60's beatnik. Well worth a visit.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Nardiesally
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Definitely one of our favorite restaurants from our trip. They have a ton of vegan options, which are insanely delicious. And the atmosphere is very cool. One half of the place is a book/poetry store and then there are couches/tables to eat at. So sad...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Linda C
Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

A well-known historical and cult place, a colorful and very interesting interior that "sends instruction". If you want a more urban place, with lots of different people-welcome. Service is good, a little more waiting for food or drink. Interesting place. Ps.. Green salad could better...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank putovanjekaostrast
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Our son took us for brunch. The food was fantastic with a cool atmosphere. One can shop in the bookstore while waiting for your table. If you want to eat at a non chain restaurant, I highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: November 2018
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20 February 2017|
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Response from 121barryk | Reviewed this property |
It is about 16-18 minutes. That is only because of traffic. My friend picked me up and took me there. You can always get a taxi. For taxi prices, you are looking at $12-$15. We went on a Wednesday night around 7:00 PM and it... More
20 May 2016|
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Response from sworrels | Reviewed this property |
Grits may be but not sure about shrimp as they are served with a sauce that may contain flour. However they do have other GF choices.
20 May 2016|
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Response from ags3391 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely call, but so many gluten free choices No on the reservations but wait was not horrible at 8:30 on a Friday night. Maybe 20 minutes. And you can get a drink at the bar or browser the books.
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