Jolt 'N Bolt Coffee & Tea House

Bagels, Coffeehouse
$$$$ ($14 and under)

Editorial Review

In a city where corporate coffee shops have sprouted like mushrooms, the Jolt 'N Bolt is a breath of fresh air. Located just south of the Adams-Morgan strip, this is a perfect place to grab a quick shot of espresso before heading up to the night life on the Hill. It's also a great place to read the paper, munch on a bagel and chill out (or smoke if you are so inclined).

The best feature of the cafe is the outdoor seating. Set in a private alley (it's a clean brick alley, in case you're worried) the outdoor tables are an oasis from the city noise, the wind and the hot sun in the summer. A mix of local yuppies, students and bike couriers come and go all day and the conversations are fueled by some of the best latte in Washington.

Inside, the cafe is dressed up with a rotating exhibit of work by local artists. A good selection of newspapers and magazines is available for perusal and the menu seems to expand every week.

New owner Farooq Munir is eager to please and now offers a variety of new food items (smoothies, ice cream, wraps) in addition to the usual bagel-pastry-cookie selection of most local cafes.

-- Neal Becton