Busboys and Poets: Extraordinairé Rendez-vous

Hyattsville location of Busboys & Poets

A fabulous DC staple is the restaurant, lounge, and community arts venue Busboys and Poets. I first went there in 2006, about a year or so after it opened, and I was immediately hooked. The first location is what I call its signature location at the corner of 14th and V Streets Northwest, a short walk from the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station. The neighborhood is filled with many excellent choices for dinner, but I promise you won’t be disappointed if you give Busboys a try.

Five additional locations have since opened: 5th and K. Streets Northwest; Campbell Avenue in Shirlington; Baltimore Avenue in Hyattsville; Monroe Street Northeast in the Brookland neighborhood; and Carroll Street Northwest in the Takoma neighborhood.

Okay, first things first: why the name? It’s quite clever actually. The DC chain was established in the honor of poet and author Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy in the mid 1930s. In addition to serving food, Busboys hosts a variety of events, including concerts, book readings, and a variety of artsy shows. Of most interest to me are the various Open Mic nights, events that feature some amazingly talented young men and women skilled in spoken word.

The food is great too. It’s quite diverse. If you are looking for a nice, wholesome and healthy meal, you’ll find it on the menu. If you want something fried and greasy, they have that too. They even have a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian items on the menu, including desserts. There is also a full service bar. As far as the restaurant goes, one of the biggest draws for me is the service. I’ve been to four of the six locations, and I have always been impressed with the service. It is either a prerequisite for being hired or Busboys’ leadership sets the customer service bar very high by the example it sets.

If you’ve never been, you owe yourself a favor by checking it out. If you need some company, let me know. I’m always open to stopping by Busboys and Poets for dinner, lunch, breakfast, or to catch an Open Mic night or any of their other great events.


About Will S.

A nouveau Taurus, writing about my view of the world around me. From politics, to social problem, to public corruption, music and movies to pretty much anything I feel inspired to write.
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2 Responses to Busboys and Poets: Extraordinairé Rendez-vous

  1. Pingback: People Are Still Dying | The Mind's Eye – Musings of Will Saunders

  2. Sounds like a great place to eat and enjoy yourself!!!

    Hey thanks as well, Will for reading and commenting on an article at our website Health News Library. We hope you return.


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