Chances are high that the longer I blog, the more shots of Busboys and Poets will appear. Busboys and Poets, though only a few years old, is already an institution in DC. Owner Andy Shallal & co. serve up delicious meals that are--unlike most food in DC--reasonably priced. But Busboys--which is named in honor of Langston Hughes--is more than just an eatery--or series of eateries really since there are now 3 locations in the area--it's a community center. At the 14th and V site, there's a bookstore specializing in politics, environmental issues, international affairs, current events, and civil rights. The 5th and K location has a smaller selection of books, but it features a gift shop full of fair trade and sustainable products from around the world. All of the locations, including the newest one in Shirlington, VA, have open mic poetry slams, local bands, documentary screenings, round-table discussions, and some of the best food in the District. They have a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as some great burgers for us carnivores. And, don't miss their murky signature cocktail, DC Tapwater. I took the image above at the 5th and K location and was pleased that it was used on their website for a while.