Busboys and Poets - Mount Vernon Triangle

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 17 reviews )

1025 5th St NW (at K St), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20001

Serves meat, vegan options available. Third location, opened in Sept 2008, in the Mount Vernon Triangle. Funky, artsy, with a fair trade shop in the base level, this is a multi-floor restaurant with murals, music, and social activism. Offers many vegan choices, marked on the menu, including brunch vegan eggs, egg wrap, soy yogurt and granola; vegan pizza, calzone, quesadilla, falafel, hummus, portabella sandwich, veggie burger, PB & banana & agave nectar sandwich, grilled tofu cake, vegan dessert. Has Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri 12:00am-12:00am, Mon-Fri 8:00am-12:00am, Sat-Sun 12:00am-1:00am, Sat-Sun 9:00am-12:00am.

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

Reviews (17)

First Review by Navigator

Many vegan options - Edit

I liked the funky feel, social message and open mike. Great vegan options and cocktails.

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great food and atmosphere - Edit

Great vegan options and atmosphere. Vegan items are clearly labeled. the staff was very friendly from the front, to the server, to the others. The coconut tofu appetizer is fantastic. I also loved the tempeh pannini. I didn't like the sweet pickle they served with it. the sweet potato fries are average. I did like they served the fries with cinnamon on top. I would recommend for vegans and nonvegans.

Pros: vegan clearly labeled

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Great food, great place - Edit

Stopped in for a nice relaxing dinner after a hard day of sightseeing, and it didn't disappoint. We had the quinoa and mixed veggies (asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, roasted butternut squash, zucchini), as well as the sweet potato pizza (a vegetarian pie made of sweet potato, caramelized onions, kale, walnuts). Both were excellent. Lots of books for sale on the side, and a rather boisterous bar too. Would go back in a second.

Pros: Good choices for vegans, Well-prepared dishes, Good service

Cons: The bar is noisy

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delicious and super cute - Edit

Visiting from Arizona, loved all the vegan options. Everything was delicious and the beer on tap was on point!! Would def recommend for a vegan or vegetarian.

Pros: atmosphere , beer, food

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Thank goodness - Edit

I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area so I'm used to having a lot of vegan options. I was in DC for work, staying near Union Station, and walked the mile (in very cold weather) to eat here three times in three days. I love this place. It is even more diverse than Oakland! My first dinner I had the quinoa bowl on the recommendation of the waitress. It sounded bland, but I decided to get it anyway, along with the coconut tofu bites as an appetizer. They brought out the bowl first and when I asked about the tofu bites, they brought them out within minutes, very apologetic and gave them to me for free. I wasn't tripping on it, and certainly didn't expect them to comp the dish, so I was impressed by that. The bowl was delicious -- light and healthy but still very tasty. The tofu coconut bites were almost better as a dessert as they were way sweet. Good, but I don't think I'd order them again. The other dish I loved was the tempeh panini. I don't love tempeh, it's always very hit and miss for me, but this sandwich was delicious. This will be my go-to place when I am in DC.

Pros: A good number of vegan options, Great atmosphere

Cons: Crowded

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Well worth a visit! - Edit

After a long day walking around in the heat of Washington, we had a quick search for a restaurant that served both meat and vegan options. Busboys & poets was the closest and after a quick look at the menu it definitely looked worth a shot. On arrival the staff were very friendly and our server, Vonda, was lovely. She was very insightful about the menu and had a great personality! The vegan nachos were a good starter, although it may be worth asking for more vegan sour cream. For the main I had vegan meatballs and penne pasta with garlic bread. Once again, very nice although I was pretty stuffed by now. One criticism is that the meatballs crumbled pretty easily, but nothing major! Finally, I had the vegan brownie and soy ice cream for desert. Absolutely stunning, massively recommended by myself and my server.

Pros: Options available, Friendly staff, Good sized portions

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Always Awesome! - Edit

Love this place! It's busy and often there is a wait but it's worth it. Lots of clearly marked, yummy vegan options!

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Always a family fave - Edit

Had brunch at Busboys and Poets on Sunday and as usual we had good service and some tasty american vegan fare. You can choose whole food plant based salad entrees to faux meat sausages and bean soups. If you are a coffee drinker then you have to experience the BIG DADDY with dairy free milk. They have something for everyone, vegans and carnivores. It's a fun place, on a Sunday for a family from the BURG. Love it!

Pros: Good family restaurant, Good Service, Nice Selection

Cons: Little bit of a wait

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Yum! - Edit

This place had great atmosphere and wonderful service. Our server was very nice and vegan options were very clearly marked. We had been walking around seeing the sights all day and were starving so we started out with the hummus plate and some cocktails. I had the dark and handsome and it is a new favorite! A twist on a dark and stormy. For dinner my husband had the tempeh panini and I had the vegan pepperoni calzone. It had the perfect mix of pepperoni, cheese and veggies. I loved it and wish I lived in the area so I Could get it again. My husband was happy with his choice too. Would love to go back and try the vegan brunch.

Pros: great food, good service, atmosphere

Cons: serves meat

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Great Atmosphere, Good Food - Edit

I went here on my last visit to DC, and really enjoyed it. The place has a great vibe, and even though it was packed, the staff were friendly and attentive.

There were plenty of great vegan options- we went for the Egyptian bean dip and I had a vegan cobb salad. The tempeh on the salad was AMAZING, as was the flat bread that accompanied it. They also made a great virgin mojito.

The book store also had some great selections- books about the ethics of meat eating as well as some vegan cookbooks. I picked up a copy of "The Inspired Vegan" by Bryant Terry on my way out.

Will definitely go back on my next trip.

Pros: Great Atmosphere, Plenty of Vegan Options, Book store to boot

Cons: Can be a little loud when it is busy, , but I think it complements the vibe

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Good, but not great - Edit

Three of us were hungry when we got here. We were really looking forward to the vegan nachos. Not much on them. We had a lot of empty tortilla chips.

We asked if they could make tempeh Reubens with the vegan mayo. They were really good, but a little oily. I would ask about the oil next time.

The choices were plentiful and interesting. The beer was good and we liked that they had local options for so many items. We should have ordered fries with one sandwich and the fruit salad with the other.

Atmosphere is really cool although could get a little loud. The desserts were yummy. The service was a little slow, but not really a problem. Tell them in advance if you have a deadline. We were not in a hurry and did appreciate not being pushed to order. However, our server was sometime not around.

Would be great for a gang or a date. They have breakfast, lunch & dinner.

We would have liked to hung out for the entertainment and would definitely come back.

Pros: Plenty of choices, Cool atmosphere, Uses local items

Cons: Oily foods, but ask, Service was 80%

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Great place! - Edit

Fantastic restaurant with a great message!! Lots of vegan options and vegan desserts!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Vegan desserts, Great cause

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love it and hope to visit again - Edit

I ate at this location twice while in DC over the weekend. My husband and I are both vegan, so when I saw B&P mentioned on a vegan blog, I had it in the back of my mind. We ended up heading there for a late lunch. We both ordered the house salad with a scoop of vegan tuna salad. I thought the salads were delicious, but with the garbanzo beans it reminded me more of an eggless salad. The service was good, and we didn't have to wait to eat, and I could see that the menu had a number of great vegan options.

Fast forward a couple days, and we wanted to try some items on the dinner menu. We tried to hit up the 14th street location, but they had a 90 minute wait. I called 5th St and was told there was a 30 minute wait. They don't take names by phone, so we quickly headed over. It probably took us 10-15 minutes to get there, but we were seated immediately upon arrival!

Our waitress was extremely nice and apologized for a short delay in taking our order. My husband and I shared a wheatberry and spinach salad (excellent) and vegan calzone (delicious!). We ordered the coconut tofu bites as an appetizer. The taste of them was sweet toasted coconut, but they came with a savory plum sauce. I would definitely order all of these items again.

I like this location better of the two DC Busboys and Poets, because it is not as busy, so there is a shorter wait (or none) and the staff doesn't seemed stressed out. I also like the interior of the place, too.

Overall this is a good restaurant choice if your group will have meat-eaters, vegans, and vegetarians, as there is something good for everyone. The prices aren't cheap, but you get a good amount of food for the cost.

Pros: no (or short) wait to be seated, delicious vegan options, great atmosphere

Cons: sort of a walk from Metrorail

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delicious community-focused restaurant - Edit

I'm just finishing up my lunch and couldn't be happier. The service is excellent, food is delicious and the atmosphere very inviting. I had the vegan tempeh panino, which I was a little nervous about ordering because sometimes people don't do tempeh well. Happily, here they do! It had a nice smoky flavor that I really liked. I'm vegan and felt that I had a good amount of options; lots of things I wanted to try. I may come back for dinner and will update when I do!

Pros: Veg*n options, Good service, Good tea choices

Cons: Can't think of any!

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Fantastic Restaurant! - Edit

Great veg options including an amazing vegan mock-tuna salad sandwich made with chick peas. The sweet potato fries are so crisp and light - not oily at all. Also love the tempeh sandwich and the vegan cheesecake. Great atmosphere as well.

Pros: great food, delicious desserts

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Good Breakfast - Edit

We ate breakfast here and thought that our wraps were competent tofu-scramble affairs. This is not a vegan restaurant but we appreciated the clearly-marked vegan options on the menu.

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Shirlington Location - Edit

Just had dinner at the Shirlington (Arlington,VA) location of Busboys & Poets. Very nice coffee house atmosphere, plenty of vegan/vegetarian opions on the menu as well as other choices that make it a good choice for "mixed company". Serving size was scary big, I had the veggie burger with a side of mixed fruit, the burger was served with avacado, sprouts, onion, and tomato.

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