If you've read this blog for any length of time or ever met me, you know that there are two things I love: food and books. Okay, there are a few others, too, but those are the main ones.
Enter Kramerbooks. Not only does this Dupont Circle bookstore offer a fantastic reading selection, intelligent employees and a cozy (sounds nicer than cramped) atmosphere, there's also an amazing restaurant, Afterwords Cafe, in the back.
From The New York Times:
Kramerbooks & Afterwords is definitely an institution. There is no place like it here. It is known throughout the town, almost entirely through word of mouth. Of course, anything worth knowing in Washington almost always is.
Starting from college, Kramer's was an easy place to grab dinner if no one had new suggestions. With an extensive menu for any meal of the day -- it's open 24 hours Friday and Saturday -- and a creative list of mixed drinks, it quickly became a favorite.
The drink list ranges from twists on the traditional (I had a pomegranate mimosa Tuesday) to the political (Obama, McCain and the Clintons have drinks named for them -- the "Billary" is a glass of watermelon-flavored schnapps and cranberry juice, with a shot of grapefruit vodka on the side because “you can’t have one without the other”).
Would you expect anything less than political drinks in DC?
Caribbean shrimp salad with grilled mango. SO good.
Kramer's was a fantastic place to meet up with Allie, Simone, Lauren, Megan and Erin for a "back in America" dinner Tuesday. Favorite people + favorite place = indescribable. I can't even think of a more perfect place.
And now that so many friends are living in Dupont Circle -- hopefully I'll be joining them this summer! -- I'm looking forward to many more mornings and nights at Kramer's.