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Gourmet Belgian waffles at the new Blue Bottle Coffee in Georgetown

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Cafe Food We Love

By Nevin Martell

Photo courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee

11.13.17

With outstanding food and cocktail programs, these new java joints go beyond the expected—relish the feasts.

Takoma Beverage Company
This decidedly mod coffee bar in charming Takoma Park also serves crispy pork belly and a turtine with local tomatoes, peppers and pureed eggplant. 6917 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md., 240.641.5323

Emissary
The Dupont Circle coffee shop with a conscience (“We filter coffee, not people”) features Ethiopian idido and yirgacheffe java, craft brews from DC Brau, charcuterie and cheese from Sprout Creek Farm. 2032 P St. NW, 202.748.5655

Blue Bottle Coffee
The dashing Georgetown newcomer’s menu is highlighted by single-origin espressos, but we love dishes like pepita labneh, bacon-and-thyme scones, gourmet waffles and chia pudding. 1046 Potomac St. NW, 510.653.3394

Heritage Brewing Co.
The brewery-roastery produces small-batch beers (coffee-infused Sovereign Stout, anyone?) and brilliant joe—all complemented culinary hits like Chesapeake Bay oysters and Heritage steamed mussels. 1300-1398 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, Va., 571.208.1355

Qualia Coffee
The roastery-cafe features design-your-own coffee flights and single-origin robo pours to go along with housemade Paisley Fig scones, sausage-cheddar-fennel biscuits and biscotti. Eckington Pl. NE & Harry Thomas Way NE, 202.248.6423