Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: Big Bear Cafe
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Dirt Cheap Eats (2009)
Big Bear Cafe
Address: 1700 First Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-470-5543
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Deli/Quick Bites, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 7 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 7:30 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday 8 AM to 6 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Shaw-Howard University
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Chicken/mozzarella/pesto sandwich; fromage blanc/fig sandwich; turkey/apple/brie sandwich; Jessie's salad; coffee.

Fine-dining chefs aren’t the only ones eager to share the provenance of their ingredients: This cafe’s bread is from the local Lyon Bakery, the milk from Pennsylvania’s Trickling Springs Creamery. One bite of the simple, flavorful caprese panino—stuffed with late-season, ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and aromatic basil—made us glad they’ve taken the care.

Simplicity is also celebrated with the turkey-apple-Brie panino ($6.50) and the molten grilled cheese on pumpernickel. Jessie’s Salad ($7)—with juicy grilled chicken, feta crumbles, and cucumbers dressed with balsamic vinaigrette—is a substantial meal. And the latte is lovely not only for its flavor but also for the Seattle-coffeehouse swirl on top. Open Monday through Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 7:30 to 6, Sunday 8:30 to 6.

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