Best coffee shops: Who won and who was robbed


Good luck finding Blind Dog Cafe, our poll winner for best coffee shop, this empty on a Saturday. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

Yet as of this writing, nearly 1,000 votes poured in for last week’s reader poll to name the area’s best coffee shop. The winner? With more than a quarter of the votes, it was Blind Dog Cafe. The Shaw cubbyhole, which occupies Darnell’s Bar during daytime hours, opened in February and has since won loyalists with its PT’s coffee, warm pimento-cheese-and-egg croissant sandwiches and shabby-chic decor.

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Peregrine Espresso, last year’s winner Northside Social, and Tryst also fared well, along with Big Bear Cafe and the new Kafe Bohem.

Though our poll put forth 17 options, including selections from our 2011 list, readers wrote in to name a few favorites they felt were robbed. Among them: Alexandria’s brilliantly named Killer E.S.P., which serves Stumptown’s tasty beans and Dangerously Delicious pies; Georgetown fave Baked and Wired; H Street’s Sidamo; and Vienna’s Caffe Amouri, which roasts its own beans.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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