The Washington Post
Critic rating
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cuisine: American
Price: $ ($14 and under)
Sound check: 68 decibels (Conversation is easy)
Customers at this tiny, lunch-only carryout know they'll get unique dishes with a side of shtick.
Our Review

2012 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Washington Post Magazine
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012

What I like about lunch at C.F. Folks is this: It doesn't try to be a Potbelly or a Panera or a Korean buffet, with something for everyone. C.F. Folks also has some nice age on it. Art Carlson, the presiding wiseacre behind the Formica counter, has been dispensing gruff, coffee and sandwiches for the past three decades in a sliver of a cafe distinguished by a can of Alpo on a shelf, opera from the speakers and secretaries squeezed next to One-Percenters. The galley kitchen is basically a one-man show starring veteran Washington chef George Vetsch. His daily specials take customers around the world — if it's Tuesday, it must be Latin America — and show him to be almost as adept with red beans and rice as the Swiss native is with steak frites lapped with bordelaise.

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