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  • Cafes & Coffeehouses, American (Traditional), Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 2021 14th St NW, Washington DC20009 38.917225 -77.031951
  • (Btwn U & V St NW)
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  • (202) 387-7638
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Breakfast

Served Daily Until 11:00am.

Oatmeal (v). with whole milk, dates, and roasted walnuts   6.00
Two Eggs (Any Style) (v). with your choice of home fries, seasonal fruit or grits, served with whole-wheat toast   8.00
Two Eggs (Any Style) With Meat with your choice of meat (ham, turkey sausage, bacon, vegan bacon, or vegan sausage) and choice of home fries, seasonal fresh fruit or grits, served with whole-wheat toast   9.00
Egg Wrap (v). tortilla wrapped scrambled eggs, peppers, onions and cheese, served with your choice of home fries, seasonal fresh fruit or grits   11.00
Vegan Egg Wrap tortilla wrapped tofu scramble with mixed veggies, vegan bacon and vegan cheese; served with home fries   11.00
Vegan Egg Scramble tofu scramble with mixed veggies, served with vegan sausage and home fries   11.00
Western Omelette ham, onion, mushroom and cheddar, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits   12.00
egg whites substitute  extra 1.50
Chicken Omelette chicken, tomato, onion, spinach and feta cheese, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits   12.00
egg whites substitute  extra 1.50
Oaxaca Omelette (v). (pronounced: wah-haw-kah) black beans, cheese, pico de gallo and guacamole, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits   12.00
egg whites substitute  extra 1.50
Whole-Wheat Toast    2.00
Bagel With Lox toasted multi-grain bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, onions, and capers   9.00
Organic Granola (v)   5.00
add soy yogurt and seasonal fresh fruit or vanilla greek yogurt and seasonal fresh fruit  extra 1.00
Side Of Grits (v)   3.00
add cheese  extra .50
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Bowl (v)   6.00
Side Of Home Fries (v). seasoned baked red bliss potatoes with onions and mixed bell peppers   3.00
Side Of Ham    4.00
Side Of Bacon    4.00
   4.00
Side Of Canadian Bacon    4.00
Side Of Vegan Bacon (vg)   4.00
Side Of Turkey Sausage    4.00
Side Of Vegan Sausage (vg)   4.00

Lunch & Dinner

Appetizers

Vegan "Chiken" Satay (vg). spicy peanut sauce   8.00
Vegan Quesadilla (v, vg). roasted red peppers, grilled onions and jack cheese with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream   9.00
Chicken Quesadilla mixed peppers, grilled onions and jack cheese with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream   10.00
Nachos (v, gf). blue corn tortilla chips with guacamole, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapenos, roasted corn and black beans   8.00
add beef chili   2.00
add diced grilled chicken   2.00
Vegan Nachos (vg, gf). yellow corn tortilla chips with guacamole, daiya vegan cheese, pico de gallo, vegan sour cream, black-eyed pea and red pepper salsa   9.00
Coconut Tofu Bites (vg). with plum-red pepper sauce   8.00
Wings Inferno half dozen wings   9.00
Hummus (vg). housemade hummus with warm pita bread   6.00
Shrimp & Crab Fritters risotto fritters with shrimp and crab; served with lobster sauce   10.00
Egyptian Foole Dip (vg). warm fava bean dip served with tomatoes, scallions, jalapeños, olive oil and toasted pita   7.00

Soups

Vegan Chili (vg).   6.00
Chicken Barley (gf).   6.00
Cream Of Tomato (gf)   6.00
Harira (vg, gf). moroccan bean soup   6.00
Beef Chili (gf). grass-fed ground beef, beans; topped with cheese and sour cream, served with natural blue corn tortilla chips   8.00

Salads

All Salads Are Served With Herb Bread. Salads Are Gluten-Free (GF), Where Indicated, When Served Without Herb Bread.

Falafel (vg). mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted squash, dates, roasted pumpkin seeds, tahini vinaigrette   12.00
Vegan Cobb (vg). arugula with crispy tofu, tempeh, avocado, tomatoes and cashew tossed in hemp vinaigrette   12.00
Busboys House (vg, gf). with baby kale, tomatoes, carrots and jicama tossed in yuzu vinaigrette   6.00
Greek (v, gf). romaine lettuce, feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumbers tossed in feta dressing   9.00
Spinach & Wheatberry (vg). with mixed berries, dates, roasted almonds, oranges, tossed in ginger sesame vinaigrette   11.00
Cobb (gf). chicken, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, eggs, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce, gorgonzola cheese tossed in balsamic vinaigrette   13.00
Poached Pear (v, gf). mixed field greens, caramelized onions and caramelized pecans tossed in apple-cider vinaigrette with goat cheese   10.00
Steak & Asparagus (gf). mixed field greens, tomatoes, caramelized onions and cucumbers tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with gorgonzola cheese   13.00
Roasted Beet (v, gf). baby red and gold beets with arugula, roasted walnuts and goat cheese tossed with pomegranate vinaigrette   13.00
Add: Chicken Or Portobello $4, Steak Or Shrimp $6, Tilapia $8, Salmon Or Crab Cake $9, Scoop Of Chicken Salad Or Vegan Tuna $5.

Sandwiches

All Sandwiches Come With Your Choice Of: House-Made Kettle Chips, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Side House Salad, Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Cup Of Soup $1.

Mediterranean Chicken grilled chicken, olive tapenade, lto, yogurt sauce on flat bread   10.00
Falafel Sandwich (vg). with hummus, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, and onion on whole wheat pita; served with tahini sauce   8.50
Blackened Tilapia blackened tilapia served with lemon-pepper aioli, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a potato bun   13.00
Chicken Salad Sandwich chicken with apples raisins and walnuts; served with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and onion on wheat bread   9.50
Crab Cake Sandwich with old bay tartar sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a brioche bun   16.00
Roasted Turkey Sandwich with harissa aioli, roasted herb tomatoes, lettuce, manchego cheese on black bread   10.00
Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich (v, vg). chickpeas with relish, nori, carrot, celery, red onion and vegan mayo served on toasted french bread with lettuce and tomato   9.50
Peanut Butter & Banana (v). with agave nectar on french loaf   8.50

Hot Paninis

All Paninis Come With Your Choice Of: House-Made Kettle Chips, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Side House Salad, Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Cup Of Soup $1.

Grilled Cheese & Bacon with aged select cheeses and bacon   10.00
Avocado (v). with havarti, arugula, roasted red pepper on multi-grain bread   10.00
Tempeh (vg). with vegan mayo, arugula, roasted red peppers and sautéed onions on levain bread   12.00
Reuben corned beef with russian dressing, sauerkraut and swiss cheese; served on marble rye bread   11.50
Portabella Mushroom (v). with pesto, roasted red pepper, and fresh mozzarella on herb ciabatta   10.00
Grilled Chicken with chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, pepper jack, lettuce and tomato on ciabatta   11.00
Grilled Brie (v). with spinach, caramelized onions, and tomato on ciabatta   9.50

Burgers

All Burgers Are Served On A Brioche Bun (Unless Otherwise Noted) And Come With Your Choice Of: House-Made Kettle Chips, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Side House Salad, Fries, Sweet Potato Fries. All Angus Beef Burgers Are Made With Grass-Fed, Free-Range, Local Beef. It Is Lower In Cholesterol, Saturated Fats And Calories Per Serving Than Grain-Fed Beef, And Is Higher In Beneficial Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Egg And Cheddar organic egg and lto   14.00
Bacon & Cheddar Burger made with grass-fed, kosher beef; served with lettuce, tomato, and onion   13.00
Sautéed Mushrooms & Gorgonzola Burger made with grass-fed, kosher beef; served with lettuce, tomato, and onion   13.00
Mediterranean Burger 100% ground lamb with onion, parsley and mixed spices, grilled and served over herb flat bread with tomatoes and cucumber; served with garlic herb yogurt sauce   13.00
Turkey Burger ground turkey with shallots, mushrooms and worcestershire sauce; served with chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion   12.00
Veggie Burger (v, vg). homemade vegan burger served with arugula, avocado, and tomato on a wheat bun   10.00

Entrees

Entrées Are Not Available Before 5:00pm On Saturdays, Sundays And Federal Holidays.

Vegan Meatballs (vg). penne pasta, tomato basil sauce and garlic bread   15.00
Vegan "Coq Au Vin" (vg). with vegan "chiken," rice, carrots, asparagus, potatoes   15.00
Branzino mushroom risotto, roasted kalamata olive puree   22.00
Orzo Pasta (vg). with sweet potato, asparagus, shallots, shiitake, red pepper and kale, tossed in a tomato olive oil sauce   14.00
Catfish (gf). with lemon butter sauce; served with tomatoes, capers, collard greens, and a corn cake   18.00
Blackened Salmon (gf). with a lemon butter sauce; served with wild rice and asparagus, topped with tomato, corn & shallot salsa   20.00
Shrimp & Grits (gf). with a cajun cream sauce; served with asparagus, roasted corn, tomatoes and a basil grits cake   21.00
Fried Chicken (gf). herb cornmeal-encrusted halal chicken breast with a chardonnay cream sauce; served with mashed potatoes and collard greens   16.00
Shrimp And Chicken Chorizo Pasta penne pasta tossed with a cajun cream sauce, served with chicken sausage, shrimp, mushrooms, basil and shallots. served with garlic bread   16.00
Crab Cakes with a lobster sauce; served with creamy crab grits and grilled asparagus   26.00
Beans & Wild Rice (vg, gf). with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo   9.00
add grilled chicken   4.00

Pizza

Hand-Tossed Crust With Your Choice Of Sauce: Garlic And Olive Oil, Basil Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato, Marinara. All Pizzas Served With Mozzarella Cheese. Gluten-Free Crust Upon Request $2.

Tomato (v). fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil   11.00
Mediterranean (v). kalamata olives, tomato, spinach, feta   13.00
Rustic pepperoni, mushroom, italian sausage, green pepper   13.00
The Poet (v). portobello, red pepper on whole-wheat crust   11.00
Vegan (vg). vegan daiya cheese, mushroom, onion, green and red pepper, vegan pepperoni on a whole-wheat crust   13.00
Hawaiian canadian bacon, fresh pineapple   12.00
Chicken chicken, red onion, mushroom, spinach   13.00
Vegan Pepperoni Calzone (vg). vegan daiya cheese, veggies, vegan pepperoni in a whole-wheat crust   13.00
Veggie (vg). asparagus, roasted red pepper, mushrooms and goat cheese   15.00
Gluten-Free Meat (gf). pepperoni, italian sausage and black forest ham   15.00

 

Brunch

Brunch Is Served On Saturdays, Sundays, And Federal Holidays From 9:00am-3:00pm. All Egg Orders Are Scrambled - No Modifications Please. Entrées Are Not Served During Brunch Hours. All Salads Are Served With Herb Bread. Add Chicken Or Portobello $4 / Mahi Mahi Fish, Steak, Or Shrimp $6 / Salmon Or Crab Cake $9. Salads Are Gluten-Free (GF), Where Indicated, When Served Without Herb Bread.

Greek Salad (v). romaine lettuce, feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, tossed in feta dressing   9.00
Vegan Cobb (vg). arugula with crispy tofu, tempeh, avocado, tomatoes, cashew, hemp vinaigrette   12.00
Spinach & Wheatberry Salad (vg). with mixed berries, dates, roasted almonds, oranges, ginger sesame vinaigrette   11.00
Busboys House Salad (vg). with baby kale, tomatoes, carrots, jicama, yuzu vinaigrette   6.00
Falafel Salad (vg). mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted squash, dates, roasted pumpkin seeds, tahini vinaigrette   12.00
Vegan Chili (vg).   6.00
Chicken Barley Soup (gf)   6.00
Cream Of Tomato Soup (gf).   6.00
Oatmeal (v). with whole milk, dates, and roasted walnuts   6.00
Sweet Potato Pancakes fruit various daily. served with seasonal fresh fruit   10.00
Busboys And Poets French Toast served with seasonal fresh fruit   10.00
with two eggs scrambled   12.00
with two eggs scrambled and choice of meat   14.00
Classic Benedict two poached eggs with canadian bacon and hollandaise, and your choice of home fries or grits   13.00
Florentine Benedict (v). two poached eggs with spinach and hollandaise, and your choice of home fries or grits   12.00
Neptune Benedict two poached eggs with crab meat and hollandaise, and your choice of home fries or grits   15.00
Two Eggs Scrambled (v). with your choice of home fries or grits, served with whole-wheat toast   7.00
Two Eggs Scrambled With Meat with your choice of meat (ham, turkey sausage, bacon, vegan bacon, or vegan sausage) and choice of home fries or grits, served with whole-wheat toast   8.00
Egg Wrap (v). tortilla wrapped scrambled eggs, peppers, onions and cheese, served with choice of home fries or grits   10.00
Vegan Egg Wrap (v, vg). tortilla wrapped tofu scramble with mixed veggies, vegan bacon and vegan cheese; served with home fries   10.00
Vegan Egg Scramble (v). tofu scramble with mixed veggies; served with vegan sausage and home fries   10.00
Mekhleme (iraqi "corned beef" hash) ground beef, tomato, onions and potatoes, topped with two poached eggs   11.00
Western Omelette organic eggs, ham, onion, mushroom and cheddar, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits   12.00
egg whites substitute  extra 1.50
Chicken Omelette organic eggs, chicken, tomato, onion, spinach and feta cheese, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits   12.00
egg whites substitute  extra 1.50
Oaxaca Omelette (v). (pronounced: wah-haw-kah) organic eggs, black beans, cheese, pico de gallo and guacamole, served with whole-wheat toast and your choice of home fries or grits   12.00
egg whites substitute  extra 1.50
Bagel With Lox toasted multi-grain bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, onions, and capers   9.00
House Salad (vg, gf). mixed field greens, carrots, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes tossed in balsamic vinaigrette   6.00
Greek Salad (v, vg). romaine lettuce, feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumbers tossed in feta dressing   9.00
Spinach & Wheatberry Salad (v). baby spinach, blueberries, strawberries and roasted almonds tossed in a ginger sesame vinaigrette and garnished with crispy asian noodles   11.00
Poached Pear Salad (v, gf). mixed field greens, caramelized onions and caramelized pecans tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with goat cheese   10.00
Steak & Asparagus Salad mixed field greens, tomatoes, caramelized onions and cucumbers tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with gorgonzola cheese   13.00
Harira Soup (vg, gf). moroccan bean soup   6.00
Beef Chili (gf). grass-fed ground beef and beans, topped with cheese, sour cream, served with natural blue corn tortilla chips (gluten-free)   8.00
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Bowl (v)   6.00
Organic Granola (v)   5.00
add soy yogurt and seasonal fresh fruit or vanilla greek yogurt and seasonal fresh fruit  extra 1.00
Muffin ask your server for today’s selections!   3.00
Whole-Wheat Toast (v)   2.00
Side Of Ham    4.00
Side Of Bacon    4.00
Side Of Canadian Bacon    4.00
Side Of Vegan Bacon (v, vg, gf)   4.00
Side Of Turkey Sausage    4.00
Side Of Vegan Sausage (vg)   4.00
Side Of Home Fries (vg). seasoned baked red bliss potatoes with onions and mixed bell peppers   3.00
Side Of Grits (v)   3.00
Side Of French Fries    3.00
Side Of Sweet Potato Fries (vg, gf)   5.00
Side Of House-Made Kettle Potato Chips    2.00
Brunch Mimosa cocktail   5.00
Brunch Bloody Mary cocktail   5.00
Cobb (gf). chicken, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, eggs, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce, gorgonzola cheese tossed in balsamic vinaigrette   13.00

Sides

Side Items Are Only Available During Lunch And Dinner.

Quinoa (vg, gf). with mixed veggies   6.00
Collard Greens (vg, gf). collard greens   4.00
Wild Rice (vg, gf)   4.00
Crab Grits (gf).   7.00
Mashed Potatoes (v, gf)   5.00
Grilled Asparagus (vg, gf)   5.00
Sweet Potato Fries (vg, gf)   5.00
French Fries (vg, gf)   4.00
House-Made Kettle Chips (vg)   4.00

Dessert

Mini Cherry Pie served with vanilla ice cream   6.00
White Chocolate Bread Pudding served with coconut ice cream   6.00
Chocolate Layer Cake    6.00
Flourless Chocolate Cake (gf)   7.00
Mini Apple Pie served with vanilla ice cream   6.00
Carrot Cake    6.00
Classic Cheesecake    6.00
Vegan Cheesecake (vg). ask your server for current flavor options   7.00
Hazelnut Chocolate Cake (gf)   7.00
Chocolate Chip Cookie (vg)   3.00
Brownie (vg)   6.00
Vegan Parfait (vg). soy yogurt with seasonal fresh fruit   5.00
Mango Sorbet    5.00
Raspberry Sorbet    5.00

Coffee, Tea & More

Busboys And Poets Blend iced or hot   2.75
Latte lightly steamed milk, two shots of espresso   3.75
Chai Latte organic chai and steamed milk   3.75
Thin Mint Latte organic mint syrup, chocolate, steamed milk, two shots of espresso   4.50
Sweet Spiced Latte organic caramel syrup, cinnamon, steamed milk, two shots of espresso   4.00
Big Daddy steamed milk, two spoonfuls of raw sugar, three shots of espresso   4.50
Café Medici chocolate, two shots of espresso, topped with whipped cream and an orange slice   4.00
Cappuccino steamed foamy milk, two shots of espresso   3.50
Mocha steamed milk, chocolate, two shots of espresso   4.00
Hot Chocolate chocolate with steamed milk   3.25
Hot Teas options: jade cloud (green), yunan breakfast (black), earl grey (black), jasmine (green), blueberry rooibos (caffeine-free), peppermint rooibos (caffeine-free), chamomile medley (herbal/caffeine-free), tropical hibiscus (herbal/caffeine-free), turmeric lemon (herbal/caffeine-free), pu-erh ginger (herbal)   3.50
Green Lift antioxidants green juice made with many healthy ingredients including apple, pineapple, ginger, green tea, spinach, algae, broccoli, asparagus, and wheat grass   4.00
Lem-Pom lemonade with pomegranate juice   3.00
Pomegranate Juice    4.00
Carrot Juice    4.00
Orange Juice fresh house squeezed orange juice sm 3.00lg 5.50
Apple Juice    3.00
Pineapple Juice    3.00
Sodas coke, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale, tonic, soda water   2.75
Rishi Green Iced Tea unsweetened   2.75

Bar

Dc Tap Water (our signature cocktail!) vodka, peach schnapps, black razz, blue curaçao, sprite, sour mix, pineapple juice   9.00
Langston Cooler (cocktail) spiced rum, myers rum, orange juice, lime, sprite, peach schnapps, splash cranberry   9.00
Mojito (available in pineapple, mango, coconut, or passionfruit) cruzan rum, lime juice, fresh mint, sugar   9.00
Red Sangria red wine, peach brandy, juices, fresh fruit gl 8.00 carafe 32.00
Zinn Paradise gold rum, bourbon, passion fruit rum, lychee liqueur, mango nectar, pomegranate juice   10.00
Mango Margarita (eco-friendly cocktail made primarily with organic, sustainable and healthy ingredients) partida organic tequila, mango schnapps, lime juice, mango nectar, splash of sour mix   12.00
Little Yellow Airplane (eco-friendly cocktail) blue coat gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, crème de violette   11.00
Orange Moon orange juice and lager   8.00
Vanilla Spiced Cider apple cider, vanilla vodka, spice rum, crème de noyaux   10.00
Cucumber Martini crop harvest earth cucumber organic vodka, organic cucumber liqueur, dry vermouth, lemonade, splash tonic   10.00
The Lotus bombay sapphire gin, pear nectar, cinnamon syrup, plum bitters   10.00
Strawberry Fogo Westside fogo organic cachaça, agave syrup, mint, fresh lime juice, muddled strawberry, splash of soda   12.00
Peppered Nail (eco-friendly cocktail) habanero-infused organic vodka, blood orange liqueur, ginger beer, orange bitters   11.00
Chianti (vg). (vegan/organic red wine) tiamo, tuscany, italy. delicate, bright, cherry gl 7.00 btl 28.00
Tempranillo (organic red wine) venta morales, la mancha, spain. spice, smoky herb, red berry, creamy blueberry gl 8.00 btl 32.00
Merlot (biodynamic red wine) la playa, colchagua, chile. dried citrus, fruity, soft tannins  7.00 28.00
Torrontes (white wine) valle escondido, mendoza, argentina. tropical, melon, peach, grapefruit  7.00 28.00
Pinot Grigio (sustainable white wine) inacayal mendoza, argentina. apple, pear, flat  8.00 32.00
Riesling (white wine) wehrheim, rheinhessen, germany. floral, pear, apple  9.00 36.00
Sauvignon Blanc (sustainable white wine) pedrocelli estate, dry creek, california. citrus, crisp, tart apple  8.00 32.00
Chenin Blanc (fair trade/organic/sustainable white wine) six hats, western cape, south africa. tropical fruit, fresh, light  8.00 32.00
Syrah Rosé (sustainable rosé) aljiles, abecete, spain. strawberry, yogurt aromas, well balanced  8.00 32.00
Sparkling Pinot Noir aria segura viudas, penedes, spain. watermelon, strawberry, fruity, caramel  8.00 32.00
Moscato D’asti (bubbles) villa rosa, asti, italy. mildly fizzy, clean, sweet finish  9.00 36.00
Cava (sustainable champagne) de pro, penedes, spain. citrus aromas, pear, almond, brioche  9.00 36.00
Magic Hat #9 pale ale bottled beer (craft brewery)   6.00
Flying Dog rotational bottled beer   6.00
Bards (gf). gluten-free bottled beer (craft brewery)   6.00
Sierra Nevada rotational bottled beer (craft brewery)   6.00
Fat Tire amber ale beer   6.00
21st Amendment black ipa bottled beer   6.00
Blue Moon belgian-style witbier (wheat beer)   6.00
Wolaver's oatmeal stout bottled beer (craft brewery)   6.00
Lagunitas rotational beer   6.00
Red Stripe jamaican lager beer   6.00
Estrella Damm (gf). gluten-free lager bottled beer   6.00
Bottle O' Wheat rotational bottled beer (craft brewery)   6.00
Woodchuck blueberry summer cider, bottled   6.00
Guiness black lager beer, bottled   6.00
Heavy Seas rotational bottled beer   6.00
Amstel Light bottled lager beer   6.00
Wylde extra pale ale bottled beer (craft brewery)   6.00

Kids $6

Kids Cheese Quesadilla (v)   
Penne Pasta (v). with a butter parmesan sauce   
Grilled Chicken (gf). grilled chicken breast with carrot sticks   
(V) Vegetarian, (VG) Vegan, (GF) Gluten Free.
Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St NW
Btwn U & V St NW
(202) 387-7638
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