Playing as Hard as you Work: How to do D.C. Right

Posted on Monday, Mar 07, 2016

My first week on the hill was great and I’m already learning a lot and meeting some brilliant and accomplished people. But what I’ve really enjoyed is all the off-work hours that I’ve spent exploring the city. On Saturday, we had brunch at a great spot called Busboys and Poets.


“Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.”


With an interior richly decorated with funky art, portraits of legendary poets and presidents, and several overstuffed couches and chairs scattered among the tables, the eclectic vibe was exactly what I needed after a stressful first week of work. The best part is the bookstore at the front—so many shelves to peruse while we waited for a table. AND the food was phenomenal. It was a great start to a day of exploring. The restaurant was on the corner of 14th and V NW, nestled among great boutiques and coffee shops that we sampled and then moved on to Shaw. The neighborhood is well known for being a hub for African American culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and for fostering the opening of Howard University in 1866.


A very simple day just walking around the district turned up some great finds. I would love to spend every weekend doing just that—and that is the plan.


Haley Matthews

House Judiciary Committee

Spring 2016 Washington D.C.