Eatery - Busboys and Poets (DC)

1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Pricing - $/$$ | Dining - Casual | Cuisine - American

When your friend misses out on dinner with you and makes arrangement for brunch the next day, how do you deny going out for another meal in DC? How do you deny BRUNCH? He chose Busboys and Poets, a place whose name is dedicated to poet Langston Hughes who used to work as a busboy prior to regaling us with his poetry. The first thing I thought when we drove past the place looking for parking was that it was bustling!


When you walk inside, you have some interesting eco-friendly giftwares on the side in an open gift shop of sorts. The inside is a hodgepodge of artsy decor and hipstery people (or perhaps just people trying to look hipster). I was just starting to feel under the weather that day so I only briefly looked at the interior before hastily ordering orange juice to hopefully quell the sickness rising in my throat.

Of course, this led me to order a fairly simple meal from their extensive menu (almost TOO many choices to look at!) of scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast, grits, and turkey sausage. Also, yes, they are vegetarian friendly there. I definitely enjoyed the eggs but the toast remained fairly untouched thanks to my scratchy throat. The grits made me miss grits so much - I used to eat them all the time when I was in North Carolina but alas, they exist not around here. Bollocks! Anywho, seeing as my meal was fairly standard, I suppose I can't give a fair review but my friends definitely enjoyed what they had. Cheers to them! I still got a solid breakfast so I won't blast Busboys and Poets for anything - perhaps I'll give them another try the next time I'm in DC and will choose more tale-telling food.