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Dupont Place To Do Work Post-Work

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WashDC33 Sep 15, 2009 07:38 AM

Have a couple of hours to burn between work and a class at 7:30. Looking for a place where I can grab a light bite to eat and do some work/reading in Dupont or even Farragut North. Have thought of Soho Tea and Coffee, Cosi and ABP but was wondering if there are better options in the area. Was considering Bread & Brew, but I'm afraid they'll get a happy hour crowd there, which isn't what I am looking for. Any suggestions?

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  1. littlew1ng RE: WashDC33 Sep 15, 2009 07:40 AM

    have you been to kramerbooks and afterwords cafe? it's a bookstore that also has a restaurant and coffee shop in it. might be good for that sort of thing. the food isn't the BEST best, but I think it's one of the better options in the area.

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      WashDC33 RE: littlew1ng Sep 15, 2009 07:58 AM

      Yea, I am afraid it might be a little loud/crowded right after work. as I am pretty sure they do a happy hour. Am now thinking Teaism might be a good option. Or has anyone ever been to Steam Cafe and Lounge on 17th st.?

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        hamster RE: WashDC33 Sep 15, 2009 08:27 AM

        Steam Cafe is fine but nothing special. I've sat and gotten work done there in the past, usually there are lots of people on laptops. The drinks are kind of mediocre, and the menu consists mostly of crepes.
        For studying, I really like the Caribou Coffee next to Vapiano. Definitely not good for food though.
        When I went to Bread and Brew last Friday, there was a crowd in the basement (more of a bar atmosphere) but no one upstairs. It was oppressively hot in the upstairs (that's where the kitchen is), however, so we sat out on the patio. I thought the food was pretty good, and generous portions. They seem to take their food pretty seriously, which I respect. However, the decoration and furniture was all a little bit off and awkward. And the food wasn't knock-my-socks-off good, just a little better and more generously priced than the usual DC meal.
        For the best food, I'd go for Teaism. Sitting upstairs you should be fine to get some reading done, though it's usually not that quiet and there are lots of talking tables.

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      Elyssa RE: WashDC33 Sep 15, 2009 09:51 AM

      Bread and Brew might get a happy hour crowd but they won't take up all the spaces--there is an outdoors (where I often see people hanging out), an upstairs and downstairs. It's a nice option.

      My other suggestion would be Soho Tea and Coffee.

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        Jacey RE: WashDC33 Sep 15, 2009 09:56 AM

        Saxby's on Conn.

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          Gigi007 RE: Jacey Sep 15, 2009 10:18 AM

          I like Saxby's for the laidback atmosphere and WiFi. Pretty few food options there though.
          As hamster said earlier, the food at Teaism is pretty good although after 5pm it's usually noisy. Another place I go to to get work done in Dupont is Books-A-Million (right on the Circle). The cafe there has good desserts, and it is usually somewhat quiet. A lot of people are studying or taking language classes there in the evenings.

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            Jacey RE: Gigi007 Sep 15, 2009 10:22 AM

            I find Saxby to have better/fresher desserts and they have some sandwiches/salads, too. I don't think BAM does.

            You could also go to Java Hut. The food is very so-so, as is the coffee and service, but it's another option.

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          WashDC33 RE: WashDC33 Sep 15, 2009 12:51 PM

          Thanks all for the ideas. Think Teaism will prob be the best bet!

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