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Wired and Hungry: Spots with Wi-Fi and Decent Grub

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Coffee, tea and baked goods aren't the only fare served at locations with free Wi-Fi these days. Digitally wired diners can now satisfy their bellies with a decent full meal and other non-traditional coffeehouse offerings. Think items like a DC Brau beer can-roasted chicken sandwich, Peruvian chicken, French toast, mussels sautéed in tomato, basil and roasted garlic, and a create-your-own salad. To calm the nerves, these no-rest-for-the-weary individuals can even order a glass of wine or whiskey.

Below are some of those eateries offering an appetizing array of dishes and other non-espresso items. Do you know of other Wi-Fi centers offering delicious food? Share your favorites in the comments section.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chix

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2019 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 234-2449
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Tackle that long list of e-mails. Then, treat yourself to a Latin-inspired dishe at this environmentally friendly eatery. Three types of seasoned and marinated chicken can be served as whole, half or a quarter. They include two sides (there are a total of 10) with a sauce of your choice. Wraps and salads are also available. Multiple locations.

2. Blind Dog Cafe

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944 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 573-8272
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This pop-up café has now been occupying Darnell’s Bar during the day for a little over a year. The food menu is simple, but hearty. So as you slave away in front of the laptop, treat yourself to items such as one of the frittatas, a roasted sausage sandwich or fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.

3. Pound The Hill

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621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 621-6765
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Free Wi-Fi service is only offered during the day—until 4 p.m.—at this café/bistro near Eastern Market. The non-traditional coffeehouse lunch menu offers items such as the Black Angus French dip, escarole and spinach salad, and the Boston-style shrimp roll. Wired diners can also pair a half sandwich with one of the soups.

4. Boundary Stone Public House

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116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-6635
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This neighborhood pub is an alternative to the coffee-induced eateries all over town. An easy-going venue, guests can park their laptop or tablet at the bar. Chef Vince Campaniello elevates the classic bar grub with items such as deviled eggs, crab dip served with fresh bread , 13th St. Meats half-smoke sandwich. That beer-can roasted chicken mentioned above? That can be found in this Bloomingdale eatery.

5. Science Club

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1136 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 775-0747
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Wired diners who love veggie dishes can appreciate this venue. Some of the small plates to look forward to are tofu skewers and baked portabella mushrooms. Workers bees, who want to work away from that cramp cubicle or tired of fighting for seats at nearby cafes, can also enjoy and take refuge here from the hustle of Farragut North’s 19th Street.

6. Tynan Coffee & Tea

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1400 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-0811
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Despite its name, Tynan is more than coffee and tea. Tynan has four types of waffle--plain, chocolate chip, strawberry and blueberry. The sweet aroma of waffles will linger in the air, especially during the weekend mornings. The café also offers six kinds of sandwiches, which includes chicken salad on a toasted English muffin and a peanut butter and jelly on sourdough. Multiple locations.

7. Sidamo Coffee & Tea

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417 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 548-0081
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Ethiopian coffee and free Wi-Fi may be the main draws to this mom and pop shop on H Street in Northeast, but Sidamo also offers a delicious small arsenal of homemade sandwiches designed by co-owner Mimi Desta. Simple and filling, they are savory alternatives to the local baked goods sold at the counter.

8. Northside Social - Coffee & Wine

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3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-0145
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This bustling eatery located on the fork of two roads in the Clarendon neighborhood offers a wide selection of food and drinks for the hungry worker or stressed-out student. It has quiche, two creative interpretations of the classic grilled cheese and a long list of baked goods. As part wine bar, Northside Social offers an array of vino pairings such as locally produced cheeses and cured meats.

9. Busboys and Poets

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2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7638
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When Bus Boys and Poets was created, it was meant to be a gathering space for the members of the neighborhood it serves. So it’s not a surprise that the two D.C. locations have designated “community” areas where individuals can eat dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and work on their wired machines. Multiple locations.

10. Tryst

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2459 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-5500
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As a coffeehouse, bar and lounge, Tryst has lots to offer when it comes to eating while your work: 13 sandwiches and wraps; 11 “comfort” small plates; and a long list of pastries and desserts. There’s also an all-day brunch and a make-your-own salad option. However, free Wi-Fi is only offered during the weekdays.

11. The Coupe

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3415 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3342
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While Tryst feels like a living room dominated by sofas and couches, its newest restaurant sibling, The Coupe, furnished with more chairs and tables, feels more like a diner. That means sizzling breakfast items, such as omelets and corned beef hash, are on the menu. Although The Coupe is open 24 hours, night owls, toiling over a term paper or report, can take a break with its late night food menu that has many of the same offerings as the regular menu.

12. Open City

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2331 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 332-2331
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This Woodley Park restaurant has similar breakfast and entrée options as its siblings Tryst and The Coupe. The mussels—three types—and the hearty entrées (veggie quinoa, grilled tenderloin steak and Shepherd’s pie), however, make this Wi-Fi hotspot stand out.

13. Big Bear Cafe

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1700 1st St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 470-5543
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The menu is simple, but the meals are tasty and prepared. Free Wi-Fi is only offered during the weekdays.

14. Protein Bar

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398 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
Those looking for a quick and healthy food option while working over lunch can head to Protein Bar and grab a shake or a buffalo burrito bowl. Multiple locations.

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1. Chix

2019 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tackle that long list of e-mails. Then, treat yourself to a Latin-inspired dishe at this environmentally friendly eatery. Three types of seasoned and marinated chicken can be served as whole, half or a quarter. They include two sides (there are a total of 10) with a sauce of your choice. Wraps and salads are also available. Multiple locations.
2019 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. Blind Dog Cafe

944 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
This pop-up café has now been occupying Darnell’s Bar during the day for a little over a year. The food menu is simple, but hearty. So as you slave away in front of the laptop, treat yourself to items such as one of the frittatas, a roasted sausage sandwich or fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.
944 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Pound The Hill

621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Free Wi-Fi service is only offered during the day—until 4 p.m.—at this café/bistro near Eastern Market. The non-traditional coffeehouse lunch menu offers items such as the Black Angus French dip, escarole and spinach salad, and the Boston-style shrimp roll. Wired diners can also pair a half sandwich with one of the soups.
621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

4. Boundary Stone Public House

116 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
This neighborhood pub is an alternative to the coffee-induced eateries all over town. An easy-going venue, guests can park their laptop or tablet at the bar. Chef Vince Campaniello elevates the classic bar grub with items such as deviled eggs, crab dip served with fresh bread , 13th St. Meats half-smoke sandwich. That beer-can roasted chicken mentioned above? That can be found in this Bloomingdale eatery.
116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Science Club

1136 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Wired diners who love veggie dishes can appreciate this venue. Some of the small plates to look forward to are tofu skewers and baked portabella mushrooms. Workers bees, who want to work away from that cramp cubicle or tired of fighting for seats at nearby cafes, can also enjoy and take refuge here from the hustle of Farragut North’s 19th Street.
1136 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Tynan Coffee & Tea

1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Despite its name, Tynan is more than coffee and tea. Tynan has four types of waffle--plain, chocolate chip, strawberry and blueberry. The sweet aroma of waffles will linger in the air, especially during the weekend mornings. The café also offers six kinds of sandwiches, which includes chicken salad on a toasted English muffin and a peanut butter and jelly on sourdough. Multiple locations.
1400 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010

7. Sidamo Coffee & Tea

417 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Ethiopian coffee and free Wi-Fi may be the main draws to this mom and pop shop on H Street in Northeast, but Sidamo also offers a delicious small arsenal of homemade sandwiches designed by co-owner Mimi Desta. Simple and filling, they are savory alternatives to the local baked goods sold at the counter.
417 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Northside Social - Coffee & Wine

3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
This bustling eatery located on the fork of two roads in the Clarendon neighborhood offers a wide selection of food and drinks for the hungry worker or stressed-out student. It has quiche, two creative interpretations of the classic grilled cheese and a long list of baked goods. As part wine bar, Northside Social offers an array of vino pairings such as locally produced cheeses and cured meats.
3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

9. Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
When Bus Boys and Poets was created, it was meant to be a gathering space for the members of the neighborhood it serves. So it’s not a surprise that the two D.C. locations have designated “community” areas where individuals can eat dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and work on their wired machines. Multiple locations.
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Tryst

2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
As a coffeehouse, bar and lounge, Tryst has lots to offer when it comes to eating while your work: 13 sandwiches and wraps; 11 “comfort” small plates; and a long list of pastries and desserts. There’s also an all-day brunch and a make-your-own salad option. However, free Wi-Fi is only offered during the weekdays.
2459 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. The Coupe

3415 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
While Tryst feels like a living room dominated by sofas and couches, its newest restaurant sibling, The Coupe, furnished with more chairs and tables, feels more like a diner. That means sizzling breakfast items, such as omelets and corned beef hash, are on the menu. Although The Coupe is open 24 hours, night owls, toiling over a term paper or report, can take a break with its late night food menu that has many of the same offerings as the regular menu.
3415 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

12. Open City

2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008
This Woodley Park restaurant has similar breakfast and entrée options as its siblings Tryst and The Coupe. The mussels—three types—and the hearty entrées (veggie quinoa, grilled tenderloin steak and Shepherd’s pie), however, make this Wi-Fi hotspot stand out.
2331 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008

13. Big Bear Cafe

1700 1st St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
The menu is simple, but the meals are tasty and prepared. Free Wi-Fi is only offered during the weekdays.
1700 1st St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. Protein Bar

398 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
Those looking for a quick and healthy food option while working over lunch can head to Protein Bar and grab a shake or a buffalo burrito bowl. Multiple locations.
398 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

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