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Busboys and Poets

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1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001


Monday - Thursday : 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday : 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday : 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday : 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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5th & K is Busboys and Poets' 3rd, and first 2-level, location.

Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and gathering place where people can discuss issues of social justice and peace. Each Busboys and Poets location should enhance the community -- allowing us to bring together a diverse clientele reflective of the surrounding neighborhoods. Busboys and Poets creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic and literary communities to dialogue, educate and interact. 


Why the name? The name refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1930s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet. Rejected ideas for the restaurant's name include Writers Block Cafe, Broken Bread Cafe and White Rabbit Cafe, the latter inspired by The Matrix.


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johntaylor says
February 21, 2011

Although I have only been for breakfast, I have heard great things about their lunch/dinner meals, also. With a wide range of choices and some excellent juices (interesting, I know), you cannot go wrong. Personally, I would try their western omelet with rye toast - both were excellent. The restaurant has a laid-back feel and is a great place to take a break from work, sit down, and enjoy a nice magazine and coffee.

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