Bites Nearby: Busboys And Poets

Busboys’ signature serving is sweet potato fries. They’re soft, a bit sweet and a bit salty and just perfect served with sour cream and chives. There really is no better food this side of the Mississippi.

—Let's face it—there’s no way Busboys and Poets could’ve possibly lived up to Hyattsville’s expectations.

Even with more than five years of preparation, there was just no way the servers, shakers and chefs could dish to our desires.

But somehow, they do.

Busboys’ signature serving is sweet potato fries. They’re soft, a bit sweet and a bit salty and just perfect served with sour cream and chives. There really is no better food this side of the Mississippi.

But if you’re in the mood for a whole meal, try the falafel sandwich, cut into sections and stacked high with meat, veggies and glazed with tahini sauce. Just yum!

The really great thing about this new place is that you can head over and relax on the sofas with a mug of thin mint latte (a bit on the sweet, thick side for me, but still a great choice) or perhaps a slice of chocolate cake. Or, a glass of wine (or a bottle) and a good book. Or, your laptop and the mozzarella and tomato salad. Or… yeah, lots of options.


EYA's Arts District, Baltimore Avenue and Jefferson Street, Hyattsville. 301-927-2929. Prices range from about $5 for specialty coffee to about $20. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lynn Cotturo September 07, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Hope they do something about the parking before customers get frustrated and leave for good - took me 30 mins to find parking on Saturday night -
Sarah Nemeth September 12, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Wow, Lynn! That's a long time to wait. I've been told by local officials and merchants that parking wouldn't be a problem ... but it seems they may have underestimated all the great business the stores/ restaurants there are getting! What would you suggest for a solution to the parking problem? --Sarah
mj23 September 14, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Sarah -- Sadly they most like did not underestimate as this is what the new "walkable communities" is promoting. Not very many parking spaces as they are expecting everyone to walk to these businesses. I don't understand why developers and city officials think less parking is a good thing. Same thing is going to happen in College Park when the businesses open up in the new student housing high rises.
Tim Hunt September 14, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I share in the frustration of not having enough parking and also the frustration of having the complicated parking situations that we see in other nearby developments. For the Route 1 corridor, the city has recently funded the development of nearby city-owned lots which will hopefully alleviate some of the parking problems. I believe it is important to support these new businesses with our available resources. It will take a bit of time, but hang in there as best you can.
Phil LaCombe September 15, 2011 at 04:03 PM
I always walk the half-mile from my house to Busboys and Poets, Yes! Organic Market, and all the others, but I do believe we should have parallel parking on Route 1 during non-peak hours. Adding parallel parking to a street that has none is just about the only decision that can benefit both drivers and pedestrians alike. An interesting outcome might actually be that more people feel comfortable walking and bicycling to the Arts District with a Route 1 calmed by the presence of parallel parking. SHA has stated they would grant the request if the City made it. Do it, Tim!
Phil LaCombe September 15, 2011 at 04:18 PM
P.S. is the parking lot between Beds To Go/The Professional/Celina Grocery and Renaissance Square a city-owned lot? Could people park by the elementary school in the evenings? Both of those lots are easily within walking distance. The last thing our city needs is more surface parking lots. The block bound by Rt 1, Jefferson, 43rd, and Hamilton is already nearly 50% asphalt.
Tim Hunt September 15, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Two city-owned lots in the area bounded by Jefferson, Hamilton, Route 1 and 43rd Ave. are part of what is currently being developed. These lots will be able to provide parking for 103 vehicles. Other options include parking on Route 1, creating agreements with lots that are privately owned, etc. The city will need to work with the surrounding community to figure out what will work and maybe look at further options. I am advocating that this be a high priority.
Mark Ferguson September 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM
--> Phil LaCombe: The small lot just off Route 1, between Beds To Go and the Professional Coffee Center, as well as the lower part of the lot off of Jefferson Street between Renaissance Square and the properties along Route 1 from Castle/Crossover Church down to Beds To Go, are both owned by the Crossover Church. The upper part of the lot just downhill from Renaissance Square is owned by the City.
PGCist September 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM
What about walking a few blocks from the city lot @ Franklins?
Danny September 16, 2011 at 02:13 PM
are people allowed to park in dematha's lots on evenings and weekends?
Carol September 18, 2011 at 05:51 PM
I was there Saturday afternoon and while parking was tight for the car crowd it wasn't impossible. I think the short walk from the public lot near Franklin's is a good choice, although the picture of my bike above shows how I handled it, but I am trying not to just hop in the car all of the time. With YES being open now, and a few more restaurants on the way it will probably be even tougher at peak times in the future.
J.W. Hampton September 19, 2011 at 12:26 PM
The short answer is no. DeMatha's parking lots are private property, and unless express permission is given for their use (generally this is done in a written agreement between the two property owners) then anyone who parks there would be subject to towing.
Susan C November 15, 2011 at 01:51 AM
I'm moving from Takoma Park to West Hyattsville - a lot closer, but still generally a car trip to that area. I hadn't been to Elevation Burger since BB&P opened, and was shocked at how packed the street between the two and the already inconvenient lot on the other side of Chipotle were at 7 p.m. on a Monday. No wonder EB is running the $6 meal deal so often on Facebook - I bet they're losing a lot of business, not necessary to BB&P but because the congestion is so off-putting.
Danny November 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM
or maybe, just maybe, the congestion and full parking lots are indications that the new businesses are doing well?
Susan C November 15, 2011 at 11:02 PM
You missed the point - the fact that Elevation Burger is constantly offering a $6 deal, on what you could pay double that for without the deal, means that their business is hurting. Obviously there's a lot of money getting spent, but I don't remember that deal ever before BB&P opened there, so my impression is that the congestion is hurting Elevation's business.
Danny November 16, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Nope, I actually did not miss your point. I simply disagree with your assessment. You are making an assumption with which I disagree. I have no special knowledge of EB's sales figures, but I believe they've been advertising that deal approximately twice a week on their Facebook page since shortly after they opened, and almost certainly before BB&P and Yes! opened.


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