When we were in Washington last month, we happened upon a great little restaurant in DuPont Circle – inside of a book store!  We had a cute-as-a-button waiter, and even more importantly – fantastic food.  They did some flavor combinations and plate presentations that were simply stupendous.


We decided this trip we would check it out, again.

As we walked up through the book store to the restaurant, our waiter spied us.  A couple minutes of bantering back and forth, and we were being led upstairs to a table in his section.  It was promising to be another fun meal.


Cocktails ordered, it was time to seriously check out the menu.


What to have, what to have…

The menu is pretty extensive and varied.  Lots of regular items and lots of weekly specials.  We saw the items we had last time – lobsters, crab cakes – and this fantastic corn and lima bean sucotash – but opted for new and different.

Victor went for a sushi-grade rare tuna with a wasabi dipping sauce that was out of this world.  I had a scallop dish with a honey sauce that simply rocked.


What was really fun was the side…


That tower is white rice, spinach, more rice, roasted red peppers, more rice, pickled ginger and a seaweed salad, cucumbers and caviar. Unbelievable.

More fun conversation with our waiter – he’s straight, but knows how to play his customers… He also lived for a while at Lake Tahoe, so we had a lot of fun conversations about that (alas, he was all of 2 years old when I LEFT Tahoe in 1980) but we had fun, nonetheless…

We decided we’d go for dessert – since it’s our anniversary, and The Dysfunctional Family Sundae was recommended.


A warm brownie drenched in liqueur, topped with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, cndied walnuts, raspberry puree, hot fudge…  OMG!


We ate the whole damned thing!

We really had a fun time – and know next time we’re in DC, we’ll head back for more.

Kramerbooks and Afterwards Cafe

1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW. – Just Above Dupont Circle
In The Heart of Washington, D.C.
Across from The Dupont Circle ‘Q’ St Metro Exit
Open Early to Late 7 Days a Week – All Night Fri & Sat
Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Late Supper and Brunch on Weekends
Live Music Wed – Sat Night
Serving Latte to the Literati Since 1976