C.F. Folks
This no-frills lunch counter is an institution.
Reviewed By Emily Brown
Photographs by Emily Brown
Comments () | Published September 17, 2007
Dirt Cheap Eats (2008)
C.F. Folks
Address: 1225 19th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-293-0162
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:15 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Shrimp ā€™nā€™ grits; rustic salad; turkey gizzards; crabcake sandwich.
Price Details: Deli sandwiches, $5.95 to $6.95. Daily specials, $8.95 to $11.75.
The Food: Deli sandwiches--such as a crab cake on a kaiser roll and a pastrami Reuben--plus chicken, tuna, and Caesar salads are always on the menu, but a separate roster of specials changes daily. Expect Louisiana influences on Monday; Tex-Mex on Tuesday; Italian or Indian on Wednesday; American on Thursday; and Middle Eastern on Friday. Next to the register, you’ll find chips and shrink-wrapped brownies.

The Scene: The large green awning outside is the fanciest accent to this tiny lunch counter, just south of Dupont Circle. Not much has changed since Art Carlson and Peggy Fredricksen (the C and F in the name) bought the former coffee shop in the mid ‘70s--and that’s part of the charm. Off-duty chefs, lawyers, politicos, and other downtown workers jockey for one of the few seats—a formica counter with green stools seats 10 and four tables seat eight more (when the weather’s nice, there are more tables on the sidewalk). Behind the counter, a bowed orange shelf holds cookbooks — inspiration for the daily specials, and political pencil sketches by Jose Perez (once local) line the walls.  

What’s Nearby:  Plenty of Golden Triangle offices keep CF Folks busy. For the non-working crowd, Dupont Circle is two blocks north and the bookstores and boutiques that come with the neighborhood are all around. Across the street is Carlson and Fredricksen’s other venture, The Well Dressed Burrito.

Insider Tips:
As no-fuss as CF Folks is, they do update the lunch specials on their web site each day. Since seating is at a premium, many customers get their lunches carryout.
Order at the cash register, then find a seat.
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