THE HATCHET'S 2015 BEST OF NORTHWEST

KRAMER BOOKS & Afterwords Cafe

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BEST BOOKSTORE

Location: 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW

Runner up: Second Story Books, Idle Time Books

 

There is hardly a better combination than dessert, coffee and an unopened book, and in Dupont Circle, you can have all three at once. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe opened in 1976, and for nearly 40 years it’s been “serving latte to the literati.”

 

What the staff lack in charm they make up for in efficiency as they buzz around the well-organized store, which is jam-packed Thursday through Sunday, to find the book that’s been on your must-read list for months.

 

The cafe next to the bookstore errs on the pricey side: An apple tart and a slice of triple chocolate cake are each $8.75 a pop. But the food is consistently delectable, whether you kick off a lazy Saturday with Berry Berry Berry Pancakes ($17) or spend a weeknight studying after splitting crab cake pasta ($21) and butternut squash ravioli ($17).

 

- Jeanine Marie