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“Tasty burgers and salads, plus a well varied menu”
Review of Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets
Ranked #14 of 888 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Visited with a party of three on a Friday evening, around 8pm. The place was packed and we were told the wait time would be about 30 minutes. However, the hostess saw the look of dismay on our faces, and noticing we were with an elderly person, asked us to hold on for a minute. She went to the back, spoke with someone, came back up front and seated us immediately in the only table currently open, one that would sit eight. Kudos to her for being so proactive and kind.

The menu was extensive, with varied choices as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. We were there, however, to eat the stalwart of the quick traveler, a beef burger. We had a couple of their bacon and cheddar burgers, and one of their mushroom and gorgonzola burgers, served with fresh fruit or fries, all using grass-fed beef. The seasoning was good, the size was good, the potato bun was tasty and quite light, the fries well cooked and not greasy. We also had a couple of salads (greek and house) and the ingredients were all fresh. The one thing they missed on was that one of the burgers came out medium instead of well done, as had been requested. They corrected that within five minutes. Service was quick and courteous, and the place was eclectic, with a mix of all types of patrons.

Can't speak as to the other items on the menu, but if you at least go for a burger or a salad this place likely won't disappoint. Had we stayed any additional days in Arlington we certainly would have returned.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Food was OK, nothing great. My friend ordered Salmon and specifically asked for it to be on the rare side and it was done medium. My chicken dish was overcooked, too. Bathroom needed attending which I mentioned on my first visit. I visited again before leaving and nothing had been done. This was early on a Sunday evening (5:30PM) and they were not too busy. Service was good.

Thank robin11
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Very cool atmosphere will a small shop in the restaurant. Went with a group and everyone was pleased with the food choices. Love ethnic foods and they did a good job with the lamb. Prices were reasonable.

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Thank CindySGoulding
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

pros: good food, good atmosphere, location in Shirlington was handy to our stay in Arlington, in quaint little downtown area with many restaurants and shoppes

cons: They were out of the Gluten-Free pizza (as I eat Gluten-Free, I had a burger [sans bun] again -- which I could eat anywhere)[the rest of our party were happy with the food]

Thank jccarter
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Don't stop here. Bad soda guns ruin drink service. Extremely expensive and no concern to correct. Not worth the effort.

Thank Coachmec
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