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The New York Times Calls DC’s Coffee “Meh”

And other highlights from its 36-hour travel guide.

You won't find latte art at the Tune Inn, but there's plenty of non-"meh" coffee in town. Photograph via Shutterstock.

TheĀ New York Times just published its latest Washington travel guide, and while 36 hours in the city yielded plenty of good finds, coffee wasn’t one of them. The writer, who sticks to Capitol Hill, H Street, and the Navy Yard for dining, recommends breakfast at the Tune Inn, but not the hot brew. Not just there, but anywhere, really.

“The coffee is meh—a problem throughout much of the city—but the French toast tastes of nutmeg, the Irish omelet with grits is legitimate and the service is professional,” reads the guide.

Maybe try a cup at Peregrine, Pound the Hill, or anywhere besides a spot known for its fried burger? (Side note: nothing against Tune Inn, one of the best dive bars in town, not known for its latte art).

It was not all bad news from the Grey Lady. Culinary highlights include fried oysters at Rose’s Luxury, foie gras from the Atlas Room, Market Lunch’s blueberry pancakes, and dinner at New York import Osteria Morini. It’s up for debate whether the author hit Toki Underground after expressing annoyance at the no-reservations policy and referring to the menu of Taiwanese ramen as “sublime Japanese food” (we can agree on the sublime part). Drinking stops around H Street include tried-and-true places like Biergarten Haus and The Pug.

  • Ellen Rolfes

    Also, Bistro Bohem in Shaw has some of the BEST (drip) coffee i have ever had. I don't add sugar or milk to my cup o' joe and their coffee doesn't need it.

  • Jay Dizzle

    Those of us that are from here are nice.. all of the newcomers who come here and act more aggresive on the road and in person make it suck. But overall, DC is a great place with decent people. SWINGS!!!! THATS THE BEST coffee ever!

  • Sarah

    One exception: Swing's!!

  • Jay Dizzle

    One thing we have that you cannot find in NY.... is nice people

  • jamesbeaz

    I don't think people in DC are, overall, very nice.

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