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Blind Dog Cafe Pops Up at Darnell’s

ne block north of another hipster oasis, Blind Dog Café doesn’t look as nearly as sketchy in daylight as the 9:30 Club.

In fact, this pop-up coffee shop located inside of Darnell’s Bar, a vintage watering hole by night, is more than inviting to any and all.

With employees that blend in with customers and the drool-inducing aroma of high-quality coffees and freshly baked goods, its intimate atmosphere could charm the skinny jeans off even the most prudish of café-goers.

The front window seats strewn with bohemian throw pillows are perfect for a day of reading, but I took my tasty mug of Colombian coffee to the backroom where a barista was mixing up cookie dough, R. Kelly’s “Bump and Grind” was jamming through the speakers, and a comfy throne-like chair and ottoman awaited me.

As if I wasn’t already feeling buttered up, the roasted chorizo sausage sandwich with roasted red peppers, garlic aioli, and chipotle salt ($10, pictured below) hit the spot; the finishing salt made all the difference, amplifying the already-great flavor combination.

All sandwiches and salads come with these unique house-made salts, such as the house roast beef sandwich with peppercorn salt ($10).

The sweet treats are a must, especially the oversized cookies.  Every cookie in the world wishes it were like these, which have dark and milk chocolate chunks melted throughout the warm and chewy goodness.  I contemplated retrieving the small bit that fell on the floor.

Whether you want a quiet weekday coffee break or a casual weekend brunch (they’ll even offer to put a little bubbly in your OJ), Blind Dog Café is a fitting choice with simple yet fantastic menu options.

Photo: Lisha Yates

Blind Dog Café
944 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Lisha Yates

Lisha is a true Virginian, bearing an unhealthy obsession with Smithfield ham and Piedmont wines. Born with an appetite for the worldly, she grew up in her potty-mouthed grandma's soulful kitchen, asked for a bread-maker on her 11th birthday, has lived in Spain, and ate a whole spit-roasted guinea pig in Ecuador.She gets creative with her own cooking, too--like beer-battered shrimp tacos made with Natty Light and pancake mix. When she's not working as a consultant, or hunting for the best cheap eats, Lisha is tweeting her dining endeavors and leisurely whereabouts (or at home eating mac n' cheese, if we're being honest).


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