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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Roadside Cafe, Sit-Down Dining on Benning


Roadside Cafe, a new sit-down Caribbean restaurant has opened its doors at 2101 Benning Road (about three blocks east of Langston Bar and Grille). Roadside Cafe is open 11am-7pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am-11pm Thursdays, 11am-6am Fridays and Saturdays, and 11am-4pm Sundays. So, that means lunch service seven days a week. Nice! They also feature a Sunday brunch buffet priced at $9.99 per person. Roadside hopes to holds plenty of special events, including comedy nights; R and B/jazz; spoken word; book clubs; and Caribbean Seafood Feasts. And, they have a patio. The patio seats 40, and the inside can accommodate 24 seated customers. They have not yet applied for a liquor license, but plan to seek a beer and wine license. Full menu available on the site. Thanks to the reader who sent in the photos! Further info on the ANC 7D01 blog.


I've really got to make it down that way soon. Not only are Langston Bar and Grille (1831 Benning Road) and Roadside Cafe serving sit-down meals over there, but (at least as far as I know) Rail Station Lounge is still slated for 2001 Benning Road. That's some pretty impressive development.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is interesting. All you can eat brunch...

I'm confused about the hours. Does 11 am to 6 am on Friday and Saturdays mean this place opens Friday at 11 am and doesn't close again until 6 am on Saturday?

Also, any word on the Rail Station Lounge?

Apr 7, 2011, 4:49:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ANC 7D01 blog says the restaurant is 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.

Couldn't they come up with a better name? "Benning Cafe" and "Cafe Rosedale" come to mind.

I think Benning Road is ripe for places to start sprouting up, but they will need a solid business plan, good marketing, and exceptional food to succeed.

Apr 7, 2011, 5:03:00 PM

Blogger inked said...

I'm going by the hours posted by the restaurant.

That's how I would interpret those hours.

Apr 7, 2011, 5:19:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inked……..Thanks for posting something about Kingman Park Community!

Kingman is becoming more diverse, safe, walk able and livable community; it deserves quality retailers as any other neighborhood in the District of Columbia !

There is a building that is up for lease at 2501 Benning Road NE Washington , DC 20002. I contacted the Broken that is managing this property, they are in talks with an investors to bring a "7 11" like store to that location. Our community does NOT need another store of this type in the community!

Places like: Coffee Houses, Bakeries, Restaurants, Bookstores and other Retailers to that location.

If anyone have any suggestions or contacts of prospective business owners. Please share this location with them. We need a business at this location that will benefit the Community on the positive side! Pass the word on..........

For more information about

Community Blog/Website:


ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01

Apr 7, 2011, 6:49:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 5:03, couldn't you come up with a better name than "anonymous"? Your real name or something witty or creative come to mind.

Apr 7, 2011, 6:59:00 PM

Anonymous CarverLangston said...

I have never seen anyone at this establishment. They need to at least have some staff stand outside or something - I would never have known it was open.

Apr 7, 2011, 10:01:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Kingman Park. Great community......not sure about Roadside Cafe`, I hope they make it at that location. We thought it was flower shop. It was an old car wash and dealership back in the day.

24 hours..... NOT GOOD!

I wish them......Good luck!

Apr 7, 2011, 10:57:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 5:03....the locations is in Kingman Park.....just want to set the record straight!

Apr 7, 2011, 11:03:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice a Cafe` is in that area! It is ripe commerical area with great potential!

Apr 8, 2011, 10:19:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will give this place a chance. If the service and food are good, I will be a repeat customer. If either aren't... well, let's just say there are a lot of other options not far away.

I wish them luck. This area could support a couple of quality Mom & Pop restaurants.

Apr 8, 2011, 12:00:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That menu look very familiar! Are these the same people from the PHISH TEA that use to be on Hst where Hst Country Club is now?

Inked...can you find that out?

Curious minds wants to know!

Apr 9, 2011, 12:37:00 AM

Blogger IMGoph said...

can we put a moratorium on the pissing match between the "it's rosedale!" "no, it's kingman park!" stuff, please, anonymous people? thanks!

Apr 9, 2011, 9:59:00 AM

Blogger inked said...

good eye for the menu. It is indeed the same owner. I'm a bit eager to check it out. Phish Tea could be uneven, and had some big service issues, but when the food was good, it was good. This is a smaller space, and it is six years later. Maybe he's worked out the kinks. Either way, a bit of a blast from the past.

Apr 9, 2011, 10:46:00 AM

Blogger inked said...

BTW, here's the old Phish Tea menu, and an article on the place.



Apr 9, 2011, 10:47:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew you would find out about if Roadside Cafe and Phish Tea were the same owners! Good looking out!

I will admit the food was good but the service was poor the few times I visited Phish Tea. Maybe they have fine tuned their business plan. I will gave them a chance!
Thanks Inked!

Apr 11, 2011, 11:14:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@IMGoph....mind your own business!
I am quite sure you do not live in either communities!

Apr 11, 2011, 11:16:00 AM

Blogger IMGoph said...

I live in Washington DC and I read this blog, and I comment where I want on what I want.

If an anonymous coward has a problem with that, so be it. I hope the agita doesn't give you heart trouble. I don't run my life based on your anonymous opinion.

Apr 11, 2011, 11:23:00 AM


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