A former sorority girl who occasionally moonlights as a wannabe hipster, I really love the coffee-shop-restaurant-bar-with-live-music hybrid. Tryst in Adam’s Morgan is the only such locale I have found thus far in D.C.
Tryst, with its delicious coffee, hodge-podge of mismatched chairs, books on the shelves, and skinny-jeans wearing males with Mac books in their laps, reminds me of Open Eye Cafe, my favorite coffee shop in Chapel Hill, N.C., where I attended undergrad. (I reviewed Open Eye for a N.C. community Web site: here). This past Sunday, we had intended to go to Open City for brunch before visiting the zoo. But, the wait was nearly two hours so we hopped over to Tryst, which has the same owners—and great coffee—as Open City.
Sending an aggressive scout in (Thanks, Stef!) while we parked was a smart move as she was able to quickly snag a table. I went immediately for the Chaipuccino, which is definitely the best Chai latte with a shot of espresso I’ve ever had. Definitely better than the “Dirty Chai” at Starbucks. And, I always feel a tad bit a awkward saying, “I’d like my chai dirty, please” amidst all the serious suited men downtown at 7 a.m. I digress.
Maggie’s coffee was also delicious. Tryst’s coffe roaster, Counter Culture Cofee, roasts primarily organic coffee with an emphasis on sustainable growth and direct trade.
I had a Belgian waffle with fresh strawberries and bananas on top (Not too original, I know). It was cold and slightly too crunchy upon arrival. However, this happens often with Belgian waffles (a common occurrence at brunch buffets, yes?) so I will not fault them too greatly. It was loaded with fruit, which was perfectly fresh, so points for that.
Maggie went for the Spinach and Shallot Quiche, garnished with spring greens and fresh fruit.
Stephanie went for the Ham and Cheese croissant, which also came with fresh fruit. Both ladies had side bowls of chili, which they touted as “amazing.” Our main dishes were good, but not phenomenal.
Positives about Tryst: the unique anti-cookie cutter ambiance, the phenomenal coffee, the wide-selection of coffees, teas, and espresso drinks, and the affordable pricing. Oh, and, they give you animal crackers to dip in your coffee, a pleasant added detail, I must say. I’ll definitely be visiting Tryst again to sip coffee and read; or to listen to live jazz and sample organic ale. As far as brunch goes, next time I’ll wait the two hours for Tryst’s brunch-extraordinaire cousin, Open City.
The bitches say: B+ for amazing coffee, above-average food, average menu selection, and a cool, unique ambiance
2459 18th Street Northwest