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Busboys and Poets

New American Restaurant and Bookstore$$$$
Mount Vernon Square, Washington
297 Tips and reviews
  • vegan food
  • sandwiches
  • breakfast food
  • seafood
  • brunch food
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  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderFebruary 24, 2016
    Just amazing cubanos and mojitos (pictured) for brunch. Get there before the crush at 11 am. Outdoor patio. Easy stroll from the Convention Center and Metro station there. Outlets under the bar.
    Upvoted Jan 23
  • Ashraf A.
    Ashraf AliOctober 19, 2014
    Ask for David, an incredibly thoughtful and attentive waiter who is complete your experience. And the burger is beefy. Beef is kosher. Chicken is halal. And stomach is happy :)
  • Ghassan A.
    Ghassan Abu-GhaidaAugust 26, 2014
    Amazing vegan food. Trust me, the vegan nachos are probably some of the best nachos I've ever had. They have non-vegan food, too. Also, amazing cocktails. Few places specialize in vegan and cocktails.
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the food and the service. And there's always some interesting event taking place there, like everyday, so check their website. Great place for brunch, get-togethers & catching up with old friend!
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterMay 31, 2014
    Fantastic atmosphere, even more fantastic food! Quite an impressive selection of progressive books for a restaurant ;) Both the vegan quesadilla and coconut tofu bites are epic. Easy to park nearby.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BlackmonJanuary 21, 2013
    Dina (sp?) was great! Sit at the bar for very attentive service! The french toast and cappucinos with baileys were love in the purest form! Mimosas were meh... but def coming back! Good music too!
  • DJ T.
    DJ TainoApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved it! Sweet potato fries were delicious and the chicken salad sandwich was tasty. Sit outdoors on a hot day and enjoy the vibe. The seasonal brew on tap was great.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGlynnSeptember 10, 2014
    Great food! I'm not a vegan, but try the Vegan Cheesecake! The White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding was delightful too!
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    When crowded, check out the bar upstairs. Ebony makes great drinks and the Blackened Salmon with Sautéed Kale in lieu of Asparagus is amazing!!!
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WilfleyMay 10, 2014
    Grab one of the patio sofas for a causal dinner on a warm spring night. Vegan Cobb, collard greens and basil seared tofu are all excellent.
  • Camille D.
    Camille DanielJanuary 27, 2016
    Everything. Service was slow the day I was there. Sat at the bar, took 20 min to get a cup of coffee. But food was fresh and delicious. Got food before coffee :-)
  • Arindam
    ArindamDecember 18, 2016
    Books, mojito cocktail, grilled cheese/chicken panini, shrimp and chorizo pasta, Mediterranean lamb burger
  • Numuque
    NumuqueJuly 9, 2015
    one of my favourite spots in D.C. book-corner, paintings on the wall, food, beer list, friendly staff etc. a place with character ❤️
  • Beth S.
    Beth SantosMarch 11, 2011
    great spot. sweet potato fries are good. also love the steak & asparagus salad! waiters are actually told not to give straws out. sort of weird but don't take it personally from your server!
  • JoJo C.
    JoJo ChandlerMay 25, 2015
    I got a burger (with cheddar and a fried egg) and baby kale salad that were to die for. Need to go back and try more on their menu.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FredericksAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Solidly good food at an honest price. Drinks are somewhat overpriced. Service has been an afterthought for years but has greatly improved in the past year. Glad to have this place in the neighborhood.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveMay 4, 2015
    Such a great space! Came here for brunch and dinner. Great options for both. Check out the books while you're there.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanOctober 18, 2012
    I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe iceboxand whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so cold. Also get the whiskey drinksthey are good
  • Jen M.
    Jen MareckDecember 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The chicken quesadilla (starter) is delicious. My French fries yesterday were greasy & very soggy.
  • Spazzo
    SpazzoMarch 30, 2012
    Free, fast Wifi... Great food and nice place... Wat else do u need... And YES, awesome sweet potato fries... Get them with Sour cream
  • Jada- D.
    Jada- DestinyJanuary 12, 2014
    When you go definitely try the shrimp & crab fritters and the Shrimp & Chicken Chorizo Pasta!! Trust me you won't be disappointed..
  • Karen J.
    Karen Johnson3 weeks ago
    They have great breakfast options that are reasonably priced. The bookstore, Poetry & Prose is housed in the restaurant/cafe.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CookMay 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my spot. The service is great. Tons of vegan options. Can't go wrong here. Hip, cool vibe. Diverse clientele and staff.
  • JR R.
    JR RussJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't just look at the menu for the food and drinks, each one has a different poetry related fact on the front.
  • Jason
    JasonJune 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great "get away from the convention center" spot. Speedy while great service at bar. Try a DC tap water. All the food I've gotten has been tasty.
  • Connor
    ConnorMarch 14, 2016
    A super cool restaurant. Great breakfast food. Try out the omelettes. Price is very reasonable. Highly recommended
  • Dianna K.
    Dianna KJanuary 22, 2016
    BBP never disappoints and always soooo good #vegan yummy and several dessert options
  • Veronica M.
    Veronica McCallNovember 1, 2013
    Me & hubby's 1st visit - WE LOVED IT! Great food, great atmosphere, AWESOME service by all staff! Everyone sd get to one of the locations in DC & MD!
  • C'aira N.
    C'aira NealSeptember 21, 2013
    The wait was crazy long but we got everything on the house so I wasn't mad lol! The chicken omelet w/ home fries & momosa's where great!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsMay 3, 2015
    Their coffee is fantastic. Lots of options to choose from, and they have a full restaurant menu, too.
  • Skillshare
    SkillshareJanuary 30, 2012
    Not only a great brunch spot, but also a cultural hub. Grab a latte and learn or teach anything from music to literature.
  • Iraisa J.
    Iraisa JonesNovember 28, 2015
    We just had the egg and cheddar burger...amazing!!!! The DC Tap drink was also great. A must when in DC.
  • Rick F.
    Rick FlynnAugust 25, 2013
    Have the Oaxaca Omelet. It was light, yet it kept me full most of the day. Also, the grits are DELICIOUS!
  • Ujji B.
    Ujji BMay 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid Eating Out. Great Spot to be in your zen and get some work done(earphones optional) with decent music. Get the Veggie Burger cooked Well!
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HJanuary 8
    Great brunch place! Sweet potato pancakes were FANTASTIC. Oaxaca omelette was pretty good. Very chill and hipster vibes.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SmithOctober 18, 2014
    The food was excellent but our server was soooooo slow and inattentive. We watched him chat with every other table around us While he ignored us. Our drinks sat on the bar for 10 minutes!
  • William D.
    William DemetriusDecember 7, 2013
    The Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and Potatoes Was BOMB!!!!!!!!!!! The DC Tap Water Was Everything I Hoped For!
  • Nikita
    NikitaSeptember 1, 2011
    Not my favorite Busboys since the service is always lacking but give me their sweet potato fries anyday. The chicken panini is my current fave. Oh and the tomato and mozzarella is delish!
  • Johanna
    JohannaApril 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong, but the vegan nachos are an absolute "must order"
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™February 15, 2011
    I have no idea how a restaurant can have a breakfast menu and not open until 8am during the week and 9am on the weekends, especially in downtown DC. Baffling.
  • Natalya
    NatalyaMay 5, 2013
    Everything on the menu is delicious. The atmosphere is really chill and welcoming. Charming ambiance.
  • Kori
    KoriMarch 24, 2015
    Options for everyone, including your veggie friends, but it's always busy and the waitstaff almost always forgets about you.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeFebruary 9, 2013
    This place is great. I recommend the "Neptune" - Eggs Benedict w Crab. Perfection.
  • The Product Poet
    The Product PoetJune 26, 2015
    There are many great vegan and gluten-free items here. Try to Coconut Tofu Bites. They are dynamite.
  • Marie
    MarieJuly 25, 2013
    Sooo I like the atmosphere here better than the Hyattsville location. Food is just as great! And spacious.
  • @LorenzoAgustin ☆
    @LorenzoAgustin ☆October 23, 2011
    The Brie cheese panini with the salad on the side is one awesome explosion of delicious flavors! Try it!! =)
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisAugust 23, 2013
    Not a bad seat in this place love the upstairs bar area and the outside tables are good too
  • Corey S.
    Corey SimonApril 26, 2015
    The mushroom gonzola burger was incredible. Very simple, yet packed with a great deal of flavor.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 26, 2015
    Really open, bright space with a great brunch selection.
  • Owen T.
    Owen TaggartMarch 10, 2013
    Syrup container of sugar in the raw on every table...perfection!
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