OFA-VA is setting up some work sessions for Saturday, meeting at 1400 Duke Street in Alexandria. Before you get fired up, you need to get fueled up.
Here’s my coffee spot recommendations, the first set is within a ten to fifteen minute walk, the second further away. For the first set, you should walk because parking is tough in Old Town (and you’re a progressive thinker!). If you’re taking Metro, you could take the free King Street Shuttle to get closer to some of these.
So, great coffee, great cause, great weather, great place, come on, we need you!
An Old Town institution, some say the best, small, but great people talking and they roast right there. Locals say there used to be a political divide, lefties in one room, righties on the other. Can get crowded, but they try to zip along. Not much on baked goods, but this is quite the place for politicos.
Boccato, King between Route 1 North and South
The new kid in town with espresso, gelato and affogato, which is expensive but to die for. Service can be a little slow, but it’s a hip space and they are meticulate about serving their coffee.
Uptown Café, King and Harvard
Also small, but has some character. Usually quiet and just folks reading, good baked goods and classical music in the pipes.
Dunkin Donuts, Half block west of Uptowner
What’s that saying, “It is what it is?”
Nicole’s Café, Corner of N. Payne and Queen
Nicole refurbished the old Sgt Restaurant in Parker-Gray. Usually not too busy.
Young go-getters with the laptops, mixed with families from Potomac Greens.
Starbucks at King and Union
Best digs around in an historic building along the waterfront.
Grape and Bean, S. Royal, half block from King.
Artists at work with $1200 machine, but check hours.
My reviews from October 2010.