Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Love Cafe

Late Night Eats

Warren Brown, the lawyer-turned-celebrity-baker behind the CakeLove empire, must have had late-night diners in mind when he put a grilled peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich ($5) on his cafe’s menu. A generous smear of peanut butter and sliced bananas between two honey-kissed slices of sourdough—we can’t imagine a better midnight snack.

There’s also a cupcake bar for mixing and matching cake and buttercream flavors, a glass case full of layer cakes ($6 to $7 a slice), and oversize savory sandwiches ($4.50 to $6.95) such as old-fashioned pulled-chicken salad and BLT. Free wi-fi makes the cozy spot feel like laptop central during daylight hours, but on weekend nights—it’s open until 11 Friday, midnight Saturday—it’s a great spot to relax and grab a bite.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.