Named for famed poet Langston Hughes, Busboys and Poets embodies its name by serving delicious food for the mind, body, and soul. Langston Hughes worked as a busboy in a local hotel in the city during the roaring 20s, and his legacy lives on through the budding artists who come here to showcase their talents.
A vision of Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets opened its doors in 2005. In addition to his restaurant endeavors, Shallal is an artist and activist. The goal was simple: to bring together artists and activists from all over the city to affect social change through creative expression. Busboys and Poets does exactly that—and more!
Through an extensive and focused line-up of programs and events, spanning six locations in the DC Metro area, Busboys and Poets gets people involved and gives voice to the issues faced by the community. The stage is not only a place to be seen but a springboard for change. The performances seek to entertain, but also enlighten and inform. There's even a children's series called Rise and Rhyme that teaches freedom of expression through performance art and storytelling. Open mic nights and open discussions frequently happen with passion and vision. There's more going on here than lattes and lyrics! On any given day or night, you can stop in for some great food while being surrounded by local art and soothing music. The ambiance is all about stimulating your creativity and provoking thought.
The menu at Busboys and Poets is as eclectic as its patrons. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options here. Don't worry meat-eaters; there are plenty of tasty options for you too. The list includes dishes like baba ganoush, vegan nachos, and lamb sliders. There's also a special menu for kids 12 years and younger. If you want a taste of the vibe without going outside, you can order online and have food delivered right to your door. Need a caterer? They've got you covered here too.
Come see what's happenin' at Busboys and Poets. Tell your friends so this hidden gem can be discovered by many more!
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