It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that DC is a pretty political town. After all, you’ve got the president chillin’ up in the White House, Senators and Representatives jockeying for power, and more than several handfuls of wanna-be politicos running amok. Just about everyone here has an opinion on the state of America here, and the more progressive types tend to end up thinking things over at Busboys & Poets. Usually while chomping on a grilled cheese sandwich.
Busboys & Poets is what happens when you mix equal parts bookstore, restaurant, and performance space with a dash of social activism. The dinning room is a big,, open, airy place with plenty of large, comfortable couches to spread out on, inviting group tables, and jazz playing nonstop in the background. The menu isn’t extremely deep, but it’s not meant to be. What’s there though is mostly good, and, more importantly, cheap. Most of the food consists of American staples, like pizzas ($6-$9), juicy hamburgers ($7) and crispy fried catfish ($11). There’s also vegetarian options for those not wanting to scarf down various forms of meat..
In the back corner of the place lays the bookstore, filled with all sorts of left leaning material on topics including Latin America and environmental issues. Next to the dinning area is the Langston Room (Busboys & Poets’ name was inspired by Langston Hughes, a busboy before he was known for his poetry), a space featuring a sophisticated sound and lighting system where poetry readings and plays are performed. Be sure to wear some comfortable standing shoes if you plan on visiting Busboys over the weekend. The place is almost always packed then, and wait times can be pretty long.
Busboys & Poets
1025 5th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001-2517
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