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100 Best Restaurants 2008: Leopold's Kafe & Konditorei
No. 74: Leopold's Kafe & Konditorei
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008

Leopold's Kafe & Konditorei
Address: 3315 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-965-6005
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cuisines: German/Austrian, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Tuesday 8 AM to 10 PM, Wednesday 8 AM to 11 PM, Thursday through Saturday 8 AM to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Classic wiener schnitzel; grilled branzino filet with wilted baby spinach; watercress-endive-pear-and-Gorgonzola salad; sliced cucumbers, radishes, dill, and walnuts with honeyed yogurt.

Cuisine: The long pastry case is filled with elaborate bombes and tortes, but the real draw at this Austrian-style kaffeehaus is the savories, from perfectly measured salads to elegant schnitzels and bratwursts.

Mood: Set amid the sleek furniture shops of Cady’s Alley—and away from Georgetown’s hectic M Street—this glass-enclosed cafe looks like a page out of Wallpaper magazine, from the Euro-mod furniture to the manicured customers who wile away the hours over espresso.

Best for: Caffeine refuelings, leisurely catch-ups, solo dining.

Best dishes: A kale salad of raw, thinly sliced leaves with balsamic vinegar and shavings of Parmesan; watermelon and feta salad (enough to share); cucumber salad with yogurt and honey; curried pumpkin soup; farmhouse-cheese-and-apple and egg-salad tea sandwiches; veal schnitzel topped with arugula in a mustard-lemon dressing; skirt steak with skinny fries; bratwurst and sauerkraut; quark cheesecake; sable cookies and almond tuiles.

Insider tips: Leopold’s does one of the best weekday breakfasts around, with Belgian waffles and egg soufflés served until 4 pm. On weekends you’ll battle bleary-eyed Georgetown University kids for a brunch table.

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