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a smaller wing off the main dining room
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Open City

2331 Calvert Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Open Sun.–Thu. 6:00am–12:00am & Fri.–Sat. 6:00am–1:00am
202-332-2331 1.5 hours
October 2014 All year
$0-19 Washington, DC District of Columbia
Website Food/Drinks General Restaurants
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Open City is a casual and slightly offbeat restaurant, coffee house, and bar. It features a brunch service “all day everyday” that attracts a lot of traffic on weekends, especially when the weather is nice. Open City opened in 2005 and has a single location. In addition to standard breakfast items like eggs, waffles and pancakes, there are soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of entrees. Many desserts are also available, and they are made in-house. The style here is very casual; customer and staff demographics skew younger.

Open City is in the Woodley Park neighborhood. Parking around here can be difficult, so you may need some good parking karma to find a spot during busier times. The restaurant is in an older building. The main dining room is large, open and has minimal decorations. It was packed with tables and also had plenty of background noise. A small bar is in the back of the room. An additional seating area to the left of the entrance was brighter than the main section and also quieter. Basic tables and chairs were functional. Bathrooms downstairs were clean but small.

This was a late lunch visit on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant was surprisingly busy at around 2:30pm. Nevertheless, a request for a table in the quieter section was accommodated. Some of the utensils on the table were dirty and so were replaced. As for the food, a veggie tofu scramble with toast was cooked just right - light, not greasy and slightly creamy. It had a rich mix of vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes and peppers. A veggie burger was a large portion and also was better than average. It was packed with a mix of flavorful vegetables. The wheat bun for the burger was soft and fresh. A request to substitute fruit for French fries was facilitated. There were many tempting desserts on the menu to choose from. Of the two selections, pumpkin cheesecake with a sweet cinnamon taste trumped the orange cranberry muffin which was somewhat dry and flaky. The server was young and pleasant and attentive. She knew the large menu well and offered useful suggestions. Open City is a casual and mellow place with quality food. While traffic levels can get high and the volumes loud, good food and pleasant service still made this an enjoyable overall experience. If you are more in the mood for drinks than food, happy hour specials are listed on the Open City website.
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