Today I had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Busboys & Poets. I enjoy the food, as well as the atmosphere, how it supports social justice (bookstore and events), and features various artisans. It is a very eclectic place.
Busboys and Poets
The first Busboys and Poets opened its doors on September 7, 2005, to a neighborhood – and city – eager to welcome a new kind of gathering place. The flagship location at 14th & V Streets NW is located in the Langston Lofts, a residential building in Washington’s historic ‘U Street Corridor’. A partnership with Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization that provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world, was made to bring a bookstore into the space. Teaching for Change continues to operate the bookstore and carry various high-quality titles that promote social justice.
I’d made plans to meet a new acquaintance to network and develop our relationship and thought Busboys would be the perfect place for an informal meeting, as a good portion of the restaurant has sofas and club chairs for seating. When making the plans we learned that we both were on vegan or vegetarian fasts this month, so we needed to have vegan or vegetarian options. Today would have to be a different dining experience for me! Although I knew that Busboys had both options, I’d never selected any of the menu items designated as VG (vegetarian) or V (vegan). I almost always order the Catfish with lemon butter sauce; served with tomatoes, capers, collard greens, and a corn cake. Today would be an adventure!
We decided to order two vegan appetizers; Coconut Tofu Bites and Vegan Quesadillas, and a vegan Falafel Sandwich and salad to share. I hadn’t had tofu in years and have never eaten falafel. EVERYTHING was delicious! I loved the Tofu Bites. They were insanely good! I would definitely select those menu options again!
Busboys was a GREAT choice! I loved the food and had a fabulous time!