• Busboys and Poets - Langston Lofts

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Operates multiple indy bookstore cafes with a progressive mindset that promotes local businesses. This is its flagship outlet, est. since the 2000s in the Langston Lofts residential building in Washington's historic U Street Corridor. Menu marks the vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food options. Vegan choices include breakfast wrap and scramble, vegan sausage and bacon, burger and sandwich, mac n cheese, salad, soup, and pizza. Open Mon-Thu 9:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 9:00am-11:00pm, Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

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34 Reviews

First Review by prettykitty


Points +447

15 Sep 2023

Cute Establishment, OK Food/Service

The menu has tons of options, and is clearly meant to be a breakfast/brunch establishment. Went for dinner and service was slow and they did not allow menu additions of tofu despite having tofu items on the menu.

Pros: Vegan dessert option, Wide variety of food choices

Cons: Couldn’t add tofu to a salad



Points +287

23 Sep 2022

One of my favorites

I love the vegan tuna salad sandwich. I get it almost every time I come here, now that they don't have the vegan pepperoni pizza anymore. There's also several other options - vegan nachos, soups, burger, etc.

The "Korean BBQ chicken bites" are disappointing, though - a small portion for a lot of money, and not that good. I won't get them again.

My alcoholic drink of choice is the DC Tap Water - highly recommended.

Cons: Always crowded - reservations recommended


Points +19996

05 Sep 2022

Good vegan options in great vibes

This restaurant, which is also a bookstore, offers plenty of vegan options and has a great atmosphere. I tried the vegan burger which was very good and hearty, as well as the vegan chicken bites which were very well done. The texture and taste were very interesting. The prices are correct and the setting is nice. To consider before going to party on U Street!

Pros: several vegan options, good food, nice vibes

Cons: not 100% vegan


Points +1322

03 Jul 2022

Support this business!

Excellent food, excellent drinks, excellent ambience. I would come here daily if I could.

Pros: Lots of clearly labeled vegan options, Indie bookstore attached!


Points +122

20 Mar 2022

Loved it

This place has so many vegan options! Burgers, paninis, sandwiches, salads as well as tofu scrabble!
Loved my quinoa bowl! Such a big portion and so yummy

Updated from previous review on 2022-03-20

Pros: So many vegan options

Cons: Very busy with a waiting list, No vegan dessert option


Points +44

15 Sep 2021

Progressive atmosphere, amazing food

This place is a real gem! It is very progressive with progressive books in the bookstore, art of revolutionaries, and kind staff. We had the vegan scramble and it was honestly the best I have ever had, and I've tried vegan scrambled all over the place. We also had the avocado panini and it was more a sandwich than panini, but no doubt delicious! We had the tomato soup as side and I highly recommend it. Overall I can't recommend this place enough and will definitely go back!

Pros: Amazing food, Progressive atmosphere, Cheerful, kind staff


Points +636

15 Sep 2021

Would give 5-stars if I could

We loved this place so much we stopped by 2 days in a row during our visit to DC. The breakfast tofu scramble was the best we’ve ever had. The tomato soup was fantastic. And we ordered asparagus as a side for the avocado panini. The crispy chicken sandwich is also excellent. Take some time to browse the bookstore !

Pros: Delicious vegan options, Ultra hip ultra friendly service, Progressive welcoming space


Points +2710

09 Sep 2021

Great menu navigation

While the food was good- I was really impressed by the ability to filter only vegan menu options, which made ordering super easy. The Buffalo cauliflower was my favorite dish.


Points +161

11 Nov 2020

Must try!

Highly recommend! Menu clearly labels vegan options. Even better, they have so many vegan options I had a hard time deciding what to order! I chose the vegan Korean beef sandwich and *muah* it was delicious! I’m eager to go back and try more. The vibe was awesome and there was a book store inside as well. All around great experience!

Pros: Lots of vegan options! , Delicious food, Awesome vibe


Points +286

15 Jul 2020

Great Vegan Food

Wonderful experience and even better food! This was perfect for my boyfriend and i since i’m vegan and he is not, there are a ton of options for both parties! Everything i got was AMAZING i was not disappointed i wish i could have tried more!🤩

Pros: lots of vegans options , great food, options for vegans and non vegans, cute restaurant


Points +20

29 Apr 2020

Great vegan burger!

also amazing vegan quesadillas and nachos! Would rate 5 stars if I could :))


Points +526

01 Feb 2020

Fantastic choices

This place has amazing food and several vegan options. Cool vibe

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Good portion sizes


Points +38

Mostly Veg
23 Sep 2019

Great vegan options!

I'm not used to being overwhelmed with vegan options!! I had their chicken sandwich based off the recommendation of our server and was very pleased with it. Can't wait to visit DC again to go back.


Points +33

31 Aug 2019

So many options!

Multiple vegan options for every type of dining (starter, sandwiches,entree). Also highlighted which wine options were vegan. Amazing food as well.


Points +644

27 Jan 2019

Vegan Staple of D.C.

LOVE B&P, especially this location!

So many vegan options - I've gotten the vegan mac and cheese, burger, sausage, sweet potato fries. There are several other vegan entrees as well.

They have an amazing $5 drink deal on the weekend as well, and I know that they host various events there during the week.


Points +523

23 Dec 2018

Love Busboys

Busboys and Poets is probably the best non-vegan, vegan restaurant I’ve ever been to. Though their menu is not entirely Vegan, their Vegan section is likely more extensive than many entire Vegan restaurant menus.


Points +147

12 Oct 2018

Amazing food, cool ambiance and many vegan options

The menu had so many vegan options we didn’t know where to begin so we order a few to share. The falafel, fried cauliflower, Mac n cheese and the vegan nachos were a hit with our whole family. A must visit when in DC.

Pros: Kid friendly, Large portions, Delicious food


Points +30

26 Sep 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere

We attended an event here and were happy to find that they had vegan options. The lively atmosphere was contagious, the bookstore was quaint and well stocked, the food was delicious. If I lived in the area, I would be back for sure!

Pros: Excellent, taste, unique food, Friendly waitstaff, Good location

Cons: Due to attending an event, only one vegan option, Only restroom is upstairs


Points +450

13 Jun 2018

So many options!!

I'd give this place 5 stars if I could. The vegan options seemed endless! The place has a great vibe, too. This is a great place to take both your vegan and meat-eating friends; there's something for everyone!!


Points +78

21 Mar 2018

Awesome Vibes

This place has awesome vibes and the staff is great. They don't have exciting whole food plant based options, but lots of vegan meat and salads. The fresh squeezed orange juice machine rocks, as does the bookstore.

Pros: great vibes, lots of vegan meat, OJ!

Cons: noisy, not many options if you're whole foods plant based


Points +246

11 Oct 2017

Good vegan breakfast, fun location

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.


Points +110

06 Aug 2017

Fun & delicious

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


Points +71

28 Jul 2017

Cool place

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


Points +52

09 Apr 2017


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


Points +18

01 Mar 2017

Amazing food & so many options!

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


Points +51

16 Nov 2016

Great atmosphere

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

Katie Le

Points +507

10 Sep 2015

Just fantastic!

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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