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.
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.