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Busboys and Poets

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
RATINGS
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Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free 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
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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
Thank MrsJAtlanta
Reviewed 23 November 2018

This is a popular venue for Sunday Brunch. The menu has ample choices for either breakfast or lunch. My friend chose the Western omlette , while I opted for a Cubano (sandwich)--both are served with a choice of sides: potatoes, fruit, etc. The only drawback...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank John F
Reviewed 22 November 2018

BusBoys is a gem. Always a gem. Always perfect. Their menu is amazing. This location has a ton of events which is great- also very inclusive and very comfortable. I love the blackened salmon, their pancakes...they just have a fabulous menu. The aura is also...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Chelss215
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Busboys is a local favorite. The food is good, but the welcoming atmosphere is what makes it great. Take a look at a book while waiting for a table and then support and purchase it. I should say there is no pressure at all, but...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Vanita S
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Didn’t realize this was part of a chain till after but it is exceptionally well run and managed The menu has something for everyone and it was hard choosing from the many wonderful options The salads are fresh and very large and the wraps terrific...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank daylilly50
Reviewed 13 October 2018

We went here for breakfast on a Saturday while visiting our son at UMD. Basically food was amazing but the service was lousy. Our waitress seemed to have 5 tables including a huge party of 15 or so while other waiters seemed to be standing...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 913bethv
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Although the restaurant was somewhat “in your face” about social awareness, they feature an extensive menu and all five of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank stevea5757
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Nice variety on the menu. Everything from veggie tofu curry to burgers. The chicken and chorizo pasta was delicious. Outdoor seating available. Outdoor was quieter and better for conversation IMO. Nice bar selection. Attentive wait staff. Would go again.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank nmashburn
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

This place came highly recommended...we miss breakfast and had lunch. I was not impressed at all. There is one girl working and the remaining staff is hanging around a table chatting. I am all about having fun at work but could you walk over and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Erika A
Reviewed 3 October 2018

I had the chilli beef which was delicious but not really much chilli. Plus with the corn chips dipped in the chilli they were all soggy. I'm not sure why they did that. Very big menu and a wide range of prices, so should suit...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AdamLeaves
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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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