1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC | Directions 2003638.910864 -77.043827
Neighborhoods: Northwest Washington, Dupont Circle, Northwest
Diverse Entrees, Delectable Desserts – Kramerbooks and Afterwards Cafe is a great, unique-to-DC spot that I like to take all my visiting friends and new DC residents to. The place has a great vibe, thanks to the cute bookstore that takes up the front half of it; the back half with the restaurant and bar is always bustling and lively. Every dish, either sweet or savory, that I've eaten at Afterwards has been delicious. They run a bit expensive than other options in the Dupont area, but where else can you find burgers and lamb tagines in the same spot? Speaking of, the lamb tagine is excellent, with tender pieces of lamb and vegetables stewed in a lovely broth served with couscous. Their butternut squash ravioli is excellent as well, slightly sweet but buttery with a light oil sauce. Don't skip on dessert here, either - every pie and cake I've had is awesome (especially the double chocolate - chunks of brownie and chocolate truffle in chocolate sponge and mousse cake).
Good place for happy hour – The Afterwords Cafe at Kramer Books is a great place to go when all of Dupont is packed during happy hour and you just don't feel like dealing with crowds.
While the tables are a bit close together, there are some spots inside the cafe that offer some room. There is also an outside patio that is conducive to people watching or just chilling with a book.
They have some good selections of beers on tap and prices are reasonable.
My go-to spot in Dupont – Kramerbooks is my go-to spot whenever I'm in Dupont. The menu features a variety of food and something for everyone in your party, the bookstore is a great place to hang out and browse while you're waiting for your table.
You can't really go wrong with their brunch menu- fresh sweet bread and jam, coffee and orange juice all come complementary. I always stick with the whole-wheat waffles because they're delicious, but if you like eggs and breakfast meats like bacon and sausage, they've got that too.
Late Night Kramer Luvin – Late Night Eats and Brunch at Kramer Books - It's a rare day when a man can role into a new city and already have a book store named after him. That probably means nothing to the rest of you, but it was huge for me. The brunch here is pretty darn good, served up with all sorts of muffins and coffee and junk. Plus they're open to serve dinner and dessert super late.
Not a big fan of the food – The thing about Kramer is the set up and location. If it's cold outside and you don't want to wait outside of the Diner for late night eats, you can browse the book store at Kramer while waiting for a table. The food isn't so great, but if your drunk and hungry it won't really matter. The portions are large, but the seasoning is just off. I've been a couple of times and just feel its a bit overpriced and not that tasty.
Citysearch Editorial Review – When it opened in 1976, Afterwords Cafe--nestled within Dupont's Kramerbooks--was pioneering in being the first bookstore to have both a full bar as well as food, cappuccino and espresso. It remains a favorite today, where patrons browse books and listen to live music while waiting for a table for brunch, dinner, or a late-night meal after last call.
Oh How do I love Thee? – Let me count the ways...
OMG!! if I were to live only 1 more day and I could go any place for like lunch (giggle) or dinner. This would be one of my places.
Have been a patron of Kramer's for over a decade now. Anytime I am in DC (which used be to be on the regular) I would make my way here for lunch and dinner. Centrally located in Dupont Circle easy to get to by the Metro or foot! They are open 24 hours on the weekends AND the menu pairs your food selection with wine suggestions okayyyy? Don't let the outside of the place talk you out of sitting your arse down and ordering because if you do you have just missed out on a INCREDIBLE food experience and your palate will be PISSED!
Now on to my review... Butternut Squash Ravioli (shaking head) mmm hmmm is the BOMB!! Open Faced Steak sandwich with bleu cheese and carmelized onions... Crazy delicious. Excellent Wine list and being that I reside in California I am always impressed by their selection. In fact I found a very nice crisp (not to sweet) Riesling here from "Hyatt Vineyards" out of Washington State. Liked it so much I ordered a case when I returned to the West Coast! HA how is THAT for obsessed =}
Service can be "sketchy" meaning not always attentive (depends on the volume of tables they have been sat - is the LIE I tell myself often) but really kewl vibe and the bookstore is a plus (as I am a voracious reader) desserts are consistently pleasing to the eye and judging by the way people order I would say rather popular I do recall once a friend of mine (a chick) got a Chocolate Banana cake we went 2 nights in a row for her to get this dayum dessert that is how good it was! Who am I fooling I went back for the same order of Ravioli LOL
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