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Restaurant Profile: Afterwords Cafe at Kramerbooks

by Borderstan.com June 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm 1,491 2 Comments

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Kramerbooks & Afterwords is north of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens of One Bite At A Time.

It’s a DC landmark. At least, I think so, what with Monica Lewinsky and Kenneth Starr and subpoenas and all. But, it’s definitely a Dupont landmark.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is also a well-known book store and brunch destination, a cozy place to plop down with your newspaper (or iPad, whatever!) and have a cup of joe at the bar and a fine, fine place for patio dining when the sun is shining.

No matter how you hack it, the place has serious charm and history. The bookstore you’ll be perusing while you wait for a table has been around since 1976 and boasts stacks and stacks of everything from history books, to fiction, to cookbooks to a well-stocked children’s section.

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Inside the Sometimes Outdoor Dining Room. (msilvaonline’s flickr photostream)

I’ll admit I’m biased on this one, too. I have taken every visiting friend and family member to Sunday brunch here and have spent many weekend mornings at the bar sipping on coffee by myself. But, I’ve lived in Borderstan for five years, so we may be hard-pressed to find a place I’m not biased about.

What do you guys think of Afterwords Cafe? Any favorites? Thoughts on the dessert case or wine list?

Afterwords Cafe

Where Am I Going: Dupont Circle: 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW, to be exact.

When Am I Going: Monday-Thursday and Sun 7:30 am to 1 am; Friday and Saturday, 6 am to 6 am.

Paycheck Pain: Brunch is gonna run you $15-$18 but remember it includes mini-muffins, OJ and coffee/tea. Dinner runs about the same. No mini-muffins for dinner.

Say What?: The bar has just enough buzz during the evenings and weekends that you can have a private conversation without feeling like you’re broadcasting to the world. The dining room and patio are always a pleasant place for gabbing with your buddies or maybe even a networking meal.

What You’ll Be Eating: Afterwords Cafe puts an eclectic spin on traditional American food. Love mac ‘n cheese? Try their amped up Café Macaroni & Fontina cheese topped w/Parmesan. Jonesin’ for some meat and eggs for brunch? Try the Porker’s Brunch & Eggs which features three different types of breakfast meats.

Happy Hour: 4 to 7 pm daily

You can also follow Kramerbooks on Twitter and Facebook for the latest specials and to find out what they’re cooking up.

Comments (2)

  1. Nostalgic – my husband & I had our first date here. Love the mushroom omelette and sampler starter. Pies are to die for! Lately, I feel like the service has it’s ‘meh’ days, dishes taking a while to come out & flakey waiters. The crooked floor & wobbly tables used to be charming but now annoy me 5 years later. I live in Dupont and don’t go as much as I used to, if at all – but it’s a DC institution and great for tourists & newcomers.

  2. i completely agree with this poster. I loved Afterwords when I first moved to DC in ’08 (and even before when I interned here), but the service has gotten so bad that we won’t go back. It wasn’t one instance or one super egregious thing but continuous instances of slow service, messed up orders and more – plus they USED to give a free mimosa or bloody mary with that $15-$18 brunch and now they don’t. Still think the food is pretty good and the location/people watching is awesome, but I just can’t get over crappy, apathetic service.

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