Busboys and Poets - U Street
2021 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Pizza, Breakfast, American
Open Monday through Thursday 8 AM to midnight, Friday 8 AM to 2 AM, Saturday 9 AM to 2 AM, and Sunday 9 AM to midnight.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Moroccan lentil soup; burger; grilled catfish.
Starters, $5.95 to $8.95; main courses, $6.95 to $20.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible
Funky sofas, rotating art exhibits, and free wi-fi make this chainlet one of the best places to hunker down with a cappuccino and laptop. Breakfast items lean healthy, with cage-free eggs, fresh fruit, and egg-white omelets—we go for the Oaxacan-style fold-up with black beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo—and plenty of vegan options, mostly $10 or less. Weekend brunch brings bigger crowds and more decadent fare, such as fluffy French toast and mekhleme, a piquant, chili-like Iraqi beef hash with poached eggs. Hours vary by location.