Busboys and Poets Menu, Prices and Locations

Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was created by owner Andy Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW, the neighboring residents and the progressive community embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in six distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.

Busboys and Poets Menu

ItemSizePrice
Starters
MezzeHummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush with pita bread. Vegan$12.00
Baba GanoushRoasted eggplant dip, pomegranate reduction, tahini sauce, pita bread. Vegan$8.00
TabboulehQuinoa, parsley, tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice.Vegan. Gluten free$7.00
Shrimp CakeShrimp grit cake, asparagus, corn, tomatoes, cajun cream sauce. Gluten free$12.00
Vegan Beef SlidersGrilled onions, vegan chipotle mayo, garnished with sweet potato chips. Vegan$12.00
Lamb SlidersGrilled onions, tomatoes, goat cheese, garnished with sweet potato chips$12.00
Sweet Potato HashRoasted sweet potato hash, kale, poached egg, brown rice. Gluten free$10.00
Vegan QuesadillaPeppers, mushrooms, onion, spinach, daiya cheese, pico de gallo. Vegan$9.00
Chicken QuesadillaMixed peppers, onions and cheddar jack cheese with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream$10.00
NachosBlue corn chips with guacamole, cheese, jalapenos, corn, black beans, sour cream, pico de gallo. Add beef chili $3.00 or diced grilled chicken $3.00$10.00
Vegan NachosYellow corn chips, guacamole, daiya cheese, pico de gallo, vegan sour cream, black-eyed peas salsa. Vegan$9.00
Coconut Tofu BitesServed with plum-red pepper sauce. Vegan$8.00
Wings Inferno8 wings with blue cheese$9.00
HummusHousemade hummus, kalamata olives, paprika with pita bread. Vegan$7.00
Shrimp & Crab FrittersRisotto fritters with shrimp and crab; served with lobster sauce$10.00
Egyptian Foole DipWarm fava bean dip, jalapenos, tomatoes with pita bread. Vegan$8.00
Salads
Add: Chicken $5.00, sea bass $8.00, steak or shrimp $7.00, shrimp or crab cake $9.00, scoop of chicken salad or vegan tuna $5.00. Served with herb bread
Cauliflower SaladCauliflower, roasted red peppers, capers, cilantro, olive oil, lemon vinaigrette. Vegan. Gluten free$11.00
Cobb SaladChicken, bacon, avocado, organic eggs, red onions, tomatoes, mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese, ranch dressing. Gluten free$13.00
Falafel SaladMixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, squash, dates, pumpkin seeds, dijon vinaigrette. Vegan$12.00
Vegan Cobb SaladArugula, crispy tofu, tempeh, avocado, tomatoes, cashews, hemp vinaigrette. Vegan$13.00
Busboys HouseBaby kale, tomatoes, carrots, jicama, yuzu vinaigrette. Vegan. Gluten free$6.00
Greek SaladRomaine lettuce, feta, kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, feta-lemon dressing. Gluten free$9.00
Spinach & Wheatberry SaladDates, roasted almonds, seasonal fruit, wheatberries, crispy wonton noodles, chia, hemp seeds, ginger sesame vinaigrette$12.00
Caesar SaladChopped romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese tossed in caesar dressing. Vegan$9.00
Poached Pear SaladPoached pear, mixed field greens, onions, caramelized pecans, goat cheese, apple-cider vinaigrette. Gluten free$12.00
Steak & Asparagus SaladFlank steak, baby kale, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, gorgonzola, asparagus spears, balsamic vinaigrette. Gluten free$15.00
Salad NicoisePan-seared tuna, mixed greens, fingerling potatoes, french beans, eggs, black olives, dijon vinaigrette, herb butter toast. Gluten free$16.00
Soups
Yellow Tomato GazpachoCold tomato soup with guacamole and basil. Vegan. Gluten free$6.00
Harira SoupMoroccan two bean soup. Vegan. Gluten free$6.00
Beef ChiliGrass-fed ground beef, beans, cheese, sour cream, scallions, blue corn tortilla chips. Gluten free$8.00
Entrees
Mediterranean PastaAngel hair pasta, asparagus, capers, roasted tomatoes, olives, garlic sauce, garlic bread. Add grilled chicken $5.00, add grilled shrimp $7.00. Vegan$16.00
Red QuinoaRed quinoa, asparagus, spinach, red peppers, yellow peppers, roasted tomatoes, shallots, olive oil sauce. Vegan. Gluten free$16.00
Vegan "Chicken" Stir FrySoy chicken, snow peas, baby carrots, shiitake mushrooms, red onions, garlic, brown rice, ginger sesame sauce. Vegan$16.00
Pan-Roasted ChickenPan-roasted half chicken, fingerling potatoes, french beans, herb butter sauce. Gluten free$19.00
CatfishTomatoes, capers, collard greens, corn cake, lemon butter sauce. Gluten free$18.00
Blackened SalmonWild rice, asparagus, roasted corn salsa, tomato, shallots, lemon butter sauce. Gluten free$21.00
Shrimp and GritsAsparagus, roasted corn, tomatoes, basil grit cake, cajun cream sauce$21.00
Fried ChickenChicken breast, mashed potatoes, collard greens, chardonnay cream sauce. Gluten free$17.00
Shrimp and Chicken Chorizo PastaPenne pasta, chicken sausage, shrimp, mushrooms, shallots, cajun cream sauce, garlic bread$16.00
Crab CakesCreamy crab cakes, grilled asparagus, lobster sauce$26.00
Beans and Wild RiceBlack beans, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo. Add grilled chicken $5.00. Vegan. Gluten free$9.00
Sandwiches
All sandwiches come with your choice of: House made kettle chips, seasonal fresh fruit, side house salad, fries, sweet potato fries, tabbouleh, cup of soup $1.00
Cauliflower SandwichRoasted cauliflower, pickled radish, shredded lettuce, vegan harissa aioli, toasted french baguette. Vegan$12.00
Falafel SandwichHummus, cucumbers, LTO, tahini sauce, whole wheat pita. Vegan$10.00
Blackened Royal Sea Bass SandwichRoyal sea bass, lemon-pepper aioli, cucumber relish, brioche bun$16.00
Chicken Salad SandwichApples, celery, raisins, walnuts, avocado, LTO, wheat bread$10.00
Crab Cake SandwichOld bay tartar sauce, LTO, brioche bun$16.00
Roasted Turkey SandwichHarissa aioli, roasted herb tomatoes, lettuce, manchego cheese on black bread$10.00
Vegan Tuna Salad SandwichChickpeas, relish, nori, carrot, celery, vegan mayo, LTO, french loaf. Vegan$10.00
Burgers
All burgers are served on a brioche bun and come with your choice of: House made kettle chips, seasonal fresh fruit, side house salad, fries, sweet potato fries, tabbouleh, cup of soup $1.00
Mushroom & Pepperjack Burger100% grass-fed beef, pepperjack cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato on brioche bun$14.00
Egg and CheddarFried sunny side up organic egg, lettuce, tomato, onion$14.00
Bacon & Cheddar BurgerLettuce, tomato, onion$14.00
Mediterranean Lamb BurgerOnions, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, garlic herb yogurt sauce, herb flat bread$13.00
Turkey BurgerGround turkey, shallots, mushrooms, chipotle mayo, LTO on brioche$12.00
Vegan BurgerHomemade vegan burger served with arugula, avocado, tomato, vegan chipotle mayo on vegan multigrain bun. Vegan$12.00
Pizza
All pizzas served with mozzarella cheese. All pizzas can be made gluten-free with the exception of the vegan pizza. Your choice of sauce: Marinara, basil pesto, garlic and olive oil, sun dried tomato. Your choice of crust: Traditional, wheat, gluten free
Tomato PizzaFresh tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil$12.00
Mediterranean PizzaOlives, tomatoes, spinach, feta$14.00
Rustic PizzaPepperoni, mushroom, sausage, green pepper$14.00
Vegan PizzaDaiya cheese, mushroom, onion, red and green peppers, vegan pepperoni. Vegan$14.00
Hawaiian PizzaCanadian bacon, pineapple$12.00
Chicken PizzaRed onion, mushroom, spinach$14.00
Garden PizzaAsparagus, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, goat cheese$14.00
Hot Paninis
All paninis come with your choice of: House made kettle chips, seasonal fresh fruit, side hosue salad, fries, sweet potato fries, tabbouleh, cup of soup $1.00
CubanoPulled pork, ham, swiss cheese, dill pickles, dijonnaise, ciabatta bread$12.00
Grilled Cheese & Bacon PaniniAged cheddar cheeses, bacon, rustic bread$10.00
Avocado PaniniHavarti, arugula, roasted red pepper on multi-grain bread$10.00
Tempeh PaniniServed with vegan mayo, arugula, red peppers and onions on levain bread. Vegan$12.00
Reuben PaniniCorned beef with russian dressing, sauerkraut and swiss cheese; served on marble rye bread$13.00
Grilled Chicken PaniniServed with chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, pepper jack, lettuce and tomato on ciabatta$12.00
Grilled Brie PaniniServed with spinach, caramelized onions and tomato on ciabatta$10.00
Sides
Caesar Salad$5.00
Sauteed SpinachVegan. Gluten free$5.00
Green BeansVegan. Gluten free$5.00
House SaladVegan$5.00
Fruit BowlVegan. Gluten free$6.00
Red QuinoaVegan. Gluten free$8.00
Collard GreensVegan. Gluten free$5.00
Wild RiceVegan. Gluten free$5.00
Crab GritsGluten free$7.00
Mashed PotatoesGluten free$5.00
Sweet Potato FriesVegan. Gluten free$5.00
French FriesVegan. Gluten free$5.00
Kids Menu
Kids Cheese Quesadilla$6.00
Penne PastaServed with a butter parmesan sauce$6.00
Grilled ChickenGrilled chicken breast with carrot sticks. Gluten free$6.00
Dessert
Key Lime Pie$7.00
Mini Cherry PieServed with vanilla ice cream$7.00
Chocolate Layer Cake$7.00
Flourless Chocolate CakeGluten free$7.00
Pecan PieServed with vanilla ice cream$7.00
Mini Apple PieServed with vanilla ice cream$7.00
Carrot Cake$7.00
Classic Cheesecake$6.00
Vegan CheesecakeVegan$7.00
Hazelnut Chocolate CakeGluten free$7.00
Chocolate Chip CookieVegan$3.00
BrownieVegan$6.00
Vegan ParfaitSoy yogurt with seasonal fresh fruit. Vegan$5.00
Mango SorbetVegan. Gluten free$5.00
Raspberry SorbetVegan$5.00
Coffee, Tea & More
Milk options: whole, skim, almond $0.50 extra, soy $0.50 extra
Mint Mug Tea LatteOrganic pacific peppermint tea, sugar, steamed milk$4.50
R&R Tea LatteOrganic chamomile medley tea, sugar, steamed milk$4.50
Blueberry Bliss Tea LatteOrganic blueberry hibiscus tea, sugar, steamed milk$4.50
Busboys and Poets Coffee Blendiced or hot$2.75
LatteLightly steamed milk, espresso$3.75
Chai LatteOrganic chai and steamed milk$3.75
Thin Mint LatteOrganic mint syrup, chocolate, steamed milk, espresso$4.50
Sweet Spiced LatteOrganic caramel syrup, cinnamon, steamed milk, espresso$4.00
Big DaddySteamed milk, two spoonfuls of raw sugar, two shots of espresso$4.50
Cafe MediciChocolate, two shots of espresso, topped with whipped cream and an orange slice$4.00
CappuccinoSteamed foamy milk, espresso$3.50
MochaSteamed milk, chocolate, espresso$4.00
Hot ChocolateChocolate with steamed milk$3.25
Organic Hot Teas$3.50
Lem-PomLemonade with pomegranate juice$3.00
Pomegranate Juice$4.00 - $6.00
Carrot Juice$4.00 - $6.00
Orange JuiceFresh house squeezed orange juice$4.00 - $6.00
Apple Juice$3.00 - $5.00
Pineapple Juice$3.00 - $5.00
Sodas$2.75
Organic Green Mint Iced TeaUnsweetened. Gluten free$2.75
Organic Black Lemon Iced TeaUnsweetened$2.75

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