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“Wonderful food worth the wait!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Open City

Open City
Ranked #88 of 3,199 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful food worth the wait!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Always one of our favorite places to eat when visiting our daughter in DC. It is extremely affordable for the large portions you receive. Breakfast items like the French toast and grits are exceptional. Pizza, burgers, and sandwiches all family favorites. Don't miss out on the spinach&parmesean dip with homemade chips -- YUM!!!

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Busy Place, Good Breakfast”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

This was a busy place for Sunday breakfast which is always a good sign and can cheer you up. We tried Chorizo Scramble with Grits and Open City Omelet at this place. They both were ok but not memorable. As with many busy places, the staff were also not very attentive.

  • Visited November 2012
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Washington, D.C.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Good, perhaps not very good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

I always wish TA had a vote between Average and Very Good as I think my first experience would fall in the Good category, but it was better than Average on our visit. Our group of eight went on a Sunday evening and were seated immediately as it was not too busy. Our server, Lauren K. was excellent and was responsive and proactive. She made a point of asking our group whether we had any food allergies or issues when ordering. Extensive menu (perhaps too to maintain good quality on all?) and 6 draft beers on tap and some nice wine selections. Decent prices (where can you get a $5 BLT these days (we didn't order). Nice casual but cool atmosphere in the restaurant.

In general, many of the dishes we received were lukewarm or room temperature and this was a disappointment. Nice crisp BUT LUKEWARM french fries? they should be made on plated right before coming out. The croque madame was actually pretty good, but the bechamel was a tiny bit bland and underseasoned but the egg was perfectly cooked atop. The egg bacon scramble was recommended by our server and was ok, but a bit on the small side. the sides of toast and grits were fine. The cheese burgers ordered were cooked nicely with fresh accompaniments but lukewarm fries. The crusty club was enjoyed and the design your own omelet. A nice surprise was the pizza - it was large and appropriately crisp - i was expecting less and some disappointment here. If you like thin, crisp pizza, you will like. The white mussels were pretty good but the clumsy doughy white bread sticks accompanying it looked and tasted exactly like what you would find at Olive Garden. Some crusty cut bread would have been better to mop up the Mussel sauce/juice (a bit under seasoned) - and they charegd 50 cents for the breadsticks as they didn't supply eny with this entree. Really?

The apple pie with vanilla ice cream a la mode was very good. nice flavors and flaky crust. the Kentucky Derby Pecan Pie was more like a chocolate pie with a few pecans thrown in. I would not order gain. The coconut custard pie pretty good but it needed a stronger coconut flavor, and the brownie was huge (enough for 2 people), but was a bit too "cakey" and not as dense as a true brownie should be.

We will return and try some other breakfast items (available all day).

  • Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great breakfast !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

I loved this cafe for its all American Breakfasts... crispy bacon, grits, easy over eggs, pancakes, chai latte... ah my I could eat it all again and again !!

Visited October 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great neighborhood spot. Solid food, welcoming atmosphere.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

I keep coming back to this spot. It's a great place to meet up with friends, and it has breakfast all day and free wifi, so it's a good place to study or telework.

For a more detailed account of the experience, check out my blog: http://hungry-games.com/2012/11/13/guest-post-pants-comfort-hungry-at-open-city-washington-dc/

  • Visited November 2012
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