Busboys and Poets: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

Busboys and Poets: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012
Busboys and Poets' falafel sandwich is one of the healthiest lunches in DC. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Mr. T in DC.

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.

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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 Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.