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Busboys and Poets

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Menu

BREAKFAST​
Breakfast is served daily until 11:00am
Our eggs are from giving nature, a company that works exclusively with small family farms that use a cage-free system. Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages
$7.00
Two Eggs, Any Style
With your choice of home fries, seasonal fruit or grits, served with whole-wheat toast
$8.00
Two Eggs, Any Style with Meat
With​ your choice of meat (ham, turkey sausage, bacon, vegan bacon, or vegan sausage) and choice of home fries, seasonal fresh fruit or grits, served with whole-wheat toast
$10.00
Egg Wrap
Tortilla wrapped scrambled eggs, peppers, onions and cheese, served with your choice of home fries, seasonal fresh fruit or grits
$10.00
Vegan Egg Wrap
Tortilla wrapped tofu scramble with mixed veggies, vegan bacon and vegan cheese; served with home fries
$10.00
Vegan Egg Scramble
Tofu scramble with mixed veggies, served with vegan sausage and home fries
$11.00
Egg whites substitute $+1.50
Western Omelette
Ham, onion, mushroom and cheddar, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits
$11.00
Egg whites substitute $+1.50
Chicken Omelette
Chicken, tomato, onion, spinach and feta cheese, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits
$11.00
Egg whites substitute $+1.50
Oaxaca Omelette
Pronounced:​ wah-haw-kah, black beans, cheese, pico de gallo and guacamole, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits
BRUNCH​
Brunch is served on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 9:00am - 3:00pm. all egg orders are scrambled - no modifications please. entrées are not served during brunch hours
All salads are served with herb bread. Add chicken or portobello (+4.00) / mahi mahi fish, steak, or shrimp (+6.00) / salmon or crab cake (+9.00). Salads are gluten-free, where indicated, when served without herb bread
Our eggs are from giving nature, a company that works exclusively with small family farms that use a cage-free system. Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages
$7.00
Buckwheat Pancakes
Served with seasonal fresh fruit
$7.00
Two eggs scrambled $+3.00
Two eggs scrambled and meat $+5.00
Busboys and Poets French Toast
Served with seasonal fresh fruit (with two eggs scrambled - 10.00; with two eggs scrambled and choice of meat - 12.00
$12.00
Classic Benedict
Two poached eggs with canadian bacon and hollandaise, and your choice of home fries or grits
$11.00
Florentine Benedict
Two poached eggs with spinach and hollandaise, and your choice of home fries or grits
$13.00
Neptune Benedict
Two poached eggs with crab meat and hollandaise, and your choice of home fries or grits
$7.00
Two Eggs Scrambled
With your choice of home fries or grits, served with whole-wheat toast
$8.00
Two Eggs Scrambled with Meat
With your choice of meat (ham, turkey sausage, bacon, vegan bacon, or vegan sausage) and choice of home fries or grits, served with whole-wheat toast
LUNCH & DINNER​
$8.00
Beef chili $+2.00
Diced grilled chicken $+2.00
Nachos
Blue corn tortilla chips with guacamole, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapenos, roasted corn and black beans
$9.00
Vegan Nachos
Yellow​ corn tortilla chips with guacamole, daiya vegan cheese, pico de gallo, vegan sour cream, black-eyed pea and red pepper salsa
$9.00
Chicken Quesadilla
Mixed peppers, grilled onions and jack cheese with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream
$9.00
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
$9.00
Cheese Plate
Brie,​ aged gruyere, smoked gouda, gorgonzola; served with fig jam and baguette
$8.00
Coconut Tofu Bites
With plum sauce
$9.00
Wings Inferno
Half dozen wings
$10.00
Mussels
With​ choice of sauce: garlic tomato or lemongrass white wine, served with garlic toast
$6.00
Hummus
Housemade hummus with warm pita bread
$10.00
Shrimp and Crab Fritters
Risotto fritters with shrimp and crab; served with lobster sauce
SIDES​
Side items are only available during lunch and dinner
$5.00
Quinoa with Mixed Veggies
$5.00
Sesame Kale
$4.00
Collard Greens
$4.00
French Green Beans
$4.00
Wild Rice
$6.00
Crab Grits
$4.00
Mashed Potatoes
$4.00
Grilled Asparagus
$3.00
Sweet Potato Fries
DESSERT​
Our vanilla and coconut ice creams are from taharka brothers, a unique social business venture that hires urban young men and teaches them business strategy and entrepreneurship
$6.00
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Served with coconut ice cream
$6.00
Chocolate Layer Cake
$7.00
Flourless Chocolate Cake
$6.00
Pecan Pie
Served with vanilla ice cream
$6.00
Mini Apple Pie
Served with vanilla ice cream
$6.00
Carrot Cake
$6.00
Classic Cheesecake
$7.00
Vegan Cheesecake
Ask your server for current flavor options
$7.00
Hazelnut Chocolate Cake
COFFEE, TEA & MORE​
All of our coffee is organic and fair trade from equal exchange. Our teas are organic and sustainable from liquid planet
$2.75
Iced
Hot
Coffee
$3.75
Latte
Lightly steamed milk, two shots of espresso
$3.75
Chai Latte
Organic chai and steamed milk
$4.50
Thin Mint Latte
Organic​ mint syrup, chocolate, steamed milk, two shots of espresso
$4.00
Sweet Spiced Latte
Organic caramel syrup, cinnamon, steamed milk, two shots of espresso
$4.50
Big Daddy
Steamed milk, two spoonfuls of raw sugar, three shots of espresso
$4.00
Café Medici
Chocolate, two shots of espresso, topped with whipped cream and an orange slice
$3.50
Cappuccino
Steamed foamy milk, two shots of espresso
$4.00
Mocha
Steamed milk, chocolate, two shots of espresso
BAR​
Busboys and poets offers a full service bar to compliment our menu items. Below is a snippet of our libations menu.
$9.00
Dc Tap Water
(Our signature cocktail! ) Vodka, peach schnapps, black razz, blue curaçao, sprite, sour mix, pineapple juice
$9.00
Langston Cooler
(Cocktail) spiced rum, myers rum, orange juice, lime, sprite, peach schnapps, splash cranberry
$9.00
Mojito
(Available in pineapple, mango, coconut, or passionfruit) cruzan rum, lime juice, fresh mint, sugar
Glass $8.00
Carafe $32.00
Red Sangria
Red wine, peach brandy, juices, fresh fruit
$10.00
Zinn Paradise
Gold rum, bourbon, passion fruit rum, lychee liqueur, mango nectar, pomegranate juice
$12.00
Mango Margarita
(Eco-friendly cocktail made primarily with organic, sustainable and healthy ingredients) partida organic tequila, mango schnapps, lime juice, mango nectar, splash of sour mix
$11.00
Little Yellow Airplane
(Eco-friendly cocktail) blue coat gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, crème de violette
$8.00
Orange Moon
Orange juice and lager
$10.00
Vanilla Spiced Cider
Apple cider, vanilla vodka, spice rum, crème de noyaux
KIDS​
$5.95
Kids Cheese Quesadilla
Served​ with guacamole and pico de gallo
$5.95
Penne Pasta
With a butter parmesan sauce
$5.95
Grilled Chicken with Grilled Beans
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to socialize, eat and attend events. I've come here and to the other locations. Thevibe is the same overall at each one.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank yt1165
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don’t normally review restaurants but this place has great reviews and I wanted to put in my experience. Our food was just ok, we had two different burgers which should have just been called ground beef patties. There was absolutely no seasoning in the...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank elsaj243
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I normally don't write bad reviews unless it was a legit bad experience. The food = everything was good except my fries were lukewarm. Service = didn't get any. Our waitress would constantly check on her other tables (we could see it all) and never...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Shima D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Busboys and Poets is always my favorite place. Always five stars too BUT the service was so slowwwww. But my food was so good so four stars will do. I got the blackened salmon which never fails. My little sister got the rUstic pizza. Food...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Chelss215
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

The service is always great and their Brunch is EVERYTHING! They have the best sweet potato pancakes! Great healthy options I don’t feel bad about eating. One place I’ll miss about living in the area.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ariel S
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

Setting service and special performances. Don't sleep this one. Don't you deserve it? Even enjoyed the location.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank leverageme2
Reviewed 8 February 2019 via mobile

One of my favorite places to eat in H'ville, Busboys has consistently good American and Mediterranean food. Service is usually good, unless uber crowded... as opposed to normally crowded. Good coffee. Full bar. Good sandwiches and salads. Great for breakfast. Vegan dishes. Amazing decor including...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Mark M
Reviewed 2 February 2019

Interesting menu, tasty food, pleasant service, neat vibe. I particularly enjoyed my falafel wrap. Only 5 minutes drive from University of Maryland.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank BarbaraandRalph
Reviewed 1 February 2019 via mobile

We all had salads. Very tasty and healthy. Good food in general. The noise level will keep me away. Not a bad atmosphere, but could barely have a conversation with person next to me. There was music playing in the background, but the noise was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 819jeannes
Reviewed 23 November 2018

In town for a meeting, I met colleagues here for drinks and dinner. I loved the bookstore/coffee house vibe, plus there was a casual dining area and a great beer and wine menu. Happy hour offers $5 glasses of wine or beer and half price...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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BowieTwo
13 October 2017|
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Response from Byron W | Reviewed this property |
I had a burger and salad when I visited last, I have had a variety of American and International cusine and have not been disappointed ever. Menu Items are added and removed I would say about semi annually.
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BowieTwo
13 October 2017|
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Response from sym4302016 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you'll be disappointed by the dinner menu. Choices from classic salads to sandwiches and burgers...entrees include plentiful portions of Mediterranean and cajun spiced dishes. Shrimp and Chicken Chorizo Pasta a... More
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