Busboys and Poets - Langston Lofts

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2021 14th St (at V St), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20009

Serves meat, vegan options available. Flagship location opened in Sept 2005, in the Langston Lofts residential building in Washington's historic U Street Corridor. It's funky and artsy with an independent bookstore inside, lots of murals, political activism, night time open mic. Offers many vegan choices, marked on the menu, including vegan brunch eggs and egg wrap, soy yogurt and granola (for brunch), vegan pizza and calzone, quesadilla, falafel, hummus, portabello sandwich, veggie burger, PB & banana sandwich, baked tofu cake, vegan dessert. Has Wi-Fi. Open Mon 12:00am-12:00am, Mon-Thu 8:00am-12:00am, Fri 8:00am-2:00am, Sat-Sun 9:00am-12:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

14 Reviews

First Review by prettykitty

Good vegan breakfast, fun location - Edit

Nice choice of vegan breakfast options in this trendy cafe bar in the lively U St area. It's part of a bookshop (which is well worth a visit anyway). I had scrambled tofu with a spicy vegan sausage, which was just right to start the day. Very friendly service.

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Fun & delicious - Edit

Delightful lively atmosphere, a true community hub for the arts and activism (they host events and have a well-curated bookstore as well as hosting a spacious, healthy restaurant). Menu has plenty of clearly marked vegan & vegetarian options, but also lots for omnivores so is perfect for a mixed group. I went for brunch & had the tofu scramble "egg wrap" which was delicious.

Pros: broad & varied menu with plenty of choices for veg, great bookstore, events & lively community vibe, multiple locations

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Cool place - Edit

Two vegans and two carnivores had breakfast here today and all left satisfied. I had the tofu scramble with vegan sausage and potatoes. They even gave me vegan butter for my bread. Nice! Service was slow but friendly.

Pros: Tasty food, Cool bookstore and restaurant combined

Cons: slow service

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Lukewarm - Edit

My mom and I ate here last week during a visit to Washington DC, as it had been highly recommended by a friend. It's near K Street, so it was crowded and noisy. The interior is dim and feels like a Chili's or some other sort of big box chain restaurant. My virgin mojito was edible, but my mom's real mojito was horrendous and we sent it back. Who messes up a mojito?!? The vegan nachos were quite tasty, if greasy. My vegan salad was mediocre and was not terribly fresh. The tofu was processed and fried, and I hate rocket. My mom ordered collard greens and green beans, and the collard greens looked like seaweed and tasted worse, so those went back too. The brownie dessert was okay, but the soy ice cream was below par. Would not go back, I'm afraid.

Pros: Some Vegan Options

Cons: Food Quality, Atmosphere

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Amazing food & so many options! - Edit

As they handed me my menu, I was stunned by the amount of vegan options available. From sandwiches and hot paninis, to pizza (with daiya) and burgers, they have options for almost everything! Just watch out, if you're gluten free make sure their bread is vegan. The one I was given was not sadly.

Pros: Daiya cheese (pizza & nachos), Multiple vegan & vegetarian options

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Great atmosphere - Edit

I really enjoyed the couch seating. Our waitress was really sweet. I got the vegan burger and had to ask my friend if they accidentally gave me a turkey burger because the texture felt like a ground beef-like texture. I generally avoid meat/cheese subs for personal taste reasons, but I didn't mind the "meaty" texture. It still maintained that very natural and earthy flavor that peas and plants provide. To finish, we shared the brownie with soy vanilla ice cream. It was the perfect portion size for two girls who just attacked the entirety of a burger and fries.

Pros: Atmosphere, Alcohol, Variety of vegan entrees and dessert

Cons: Serves meat, Doesn't say what beers are vegan

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Just fantastic! - Edit

I love everything about B&P! I have been to this location, as well as the 5th & K one and the new Brookland one. They are all excellent, but this one is just uniquely bustling in a very cool neighborhood. They are a social justice / arts / civil rights mission-driven business, with fantastic food and drinks. They very clearly label many, many items vegan. Some of my all time favs are the coconut-crusted tofu bites (divine!!) and the vegan cobb salad (I think it's called that). It gets really crowded for weekend brunch.

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Absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! - Edit

The vegan options are plenty and the food is amazing! The vibe, the service, and the food make this a must eat at!

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busy spot but great food - Edit

I visited this location of B&P once over inauguration weekend. It was busy (a 35 minute wait), but the brunch menu offers some great selections. My husband and I are both vegan, and there are good vegan options always available.

He had the wheatberry and spinach salad, with a side of tempeh bacon. The salad was a great contrast of flavors and textures, and the bacon was nice and smokey. I tried the tempeh panini with fruit on the side. The sandwich was tasty and the fruit was fresh.

The environment here is great, and they seem to be able to handle big groups as well as just a couple people. The menu has a vegetarian and vegan selections, but is mostly meat, so this would be a good restaurant for a group where everyone will want something different.

We went back the next day, as we wanted to try something off the dinner menu, and the wait was about 90 minutes! I called the other 5th Street location, and they noted they only had a 30 minute wait. Something to keep in mind if you are hungry and/or don't want to hang out in the bookstore for a long time.

Pros: location --easy to access, great food for mixed group (veg and non), prices are okay

Cons: can be a long wait, staff seemed very stressed

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My Favorite DC Restaurant - Edit

My favorite DC restaurant!!! I live in NJ and sometimes I think about making the drive south to come eat here.

A great place for vegetarians and vegans to take their meat eating friends...they get their cooked flesh and you get some great vegetarian food.

Also, the Vegan cheesecake is the best I've had. The first time I had it I asked the waitress to double check that she gave me the right cheesecake.

There are three locations and I prefer the two in DC but the U Street location is my favorite.

Pros: Great to take meat eaters, nice staff, bookstore

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Delicious vegan food - Edit

It took me awhile to try this place, but I was so glad that I did! I had tried the pan-seared basil tofu with risotto, and then went back the next day with a friend and got it again! It is one of the more expensive things on the menu (~$11?) but well worth it. There is a great atmosphere and lots of seating.

Pros: Extensive vegan menu, Cozy atmosphere

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Great place, Vegan Treats desserts - Edit

Went here twice while in DC and had a fantastic meal both times. There are plentiful choices for vegans, and it is a good place to go if dining with non-vegans. On my first visit, I had The Vegan pizza - delicious, and they got the cheese to melt! On my second visit, I had the pan-seared basil tofu with risotto, which was even tastier, and a more authentic vegan dish (no "fake" anything, just great food). The ambiance was nice and the service was good. But the best thing of all was the desserts. They are supplied by the legendary Vegan Treats (the bakery in Bethlehem, PA which also supplies many of the NYC outlets). I had a chocolate brownie with ice cream which was to die for, and a fabulous raspberry cheesecake. Both were sumptuous. If I had had more days in DC, I would have gone again, and it will be a priority if I ever go back. Check it out! (I would give the vegan food 5 stars, but the maximum allowed is 4 stars because the restaurant is not entirely vegetarian.)

Pros: Fantastic food, Laid-back atmosphere, Lots of vegan options

Cons: Not all vegetarian

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Eclectic and Fun - Edit

This is a bookstore and restaurant and is a very big place. We went for lunch and it was packed except for one room so we got a pretty quiet lunch. We didn't get to see any poetry readings but the stage looked fun. We both had pizza. I had one called The Vegan and it was very good. The server was friendly. They also have couches where individuals were working on their laptops. Our taxi driver told us this location was bigger than the 5th Avenue one and the Metro is nearby. Definitely glad I went.

Pros: Fun, Delicious

Cons: Serves Meat

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Artsy cafe - Edit

This resturant serves vegitarian and vegan options although it is not 100% vegitarian. There is an amazing book store inside and plenty of art work. I am in to art and enjoy eating there. My suggestion is to check it out for yourself.

Pros: Vegan options, charming, picturesque

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