The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Coupe was its cafe section outfitted with eclectic, vintages couches and armchairs. People were sitting on the cozy chairs working diligently on their laptops while sipping on caffeinated beverages. It reminded me a lot of Tryst, the Adams Morgan cafe that furnished in the same style. This similarity is no coincidence. The Coupe is owned by the same people who created Tryst and the Diner in AdMo. The Coupe combines the best of those establishments: the comfort food of the Diner and the loungey, living room atmosphere of Tryst.
The Coupe consists of three spaces: a diner-like restaurant area, a cafe with a to-go drink counter and couch seating, and a bar. You can order food at all three of these sections.
I went to the Coupe for the first time for breakfast (which is served all day!!) a few weeks ago, and I had to come back. This post is a collection of all the foods I’ve tried on my trips.
The Iced Coffee ($2.25) was served with animal crackers. This was a really cute touch and it confirmed that I had chosen a good spot to eat breakfast that day. My boyfriend, the coffee lover, said the coffee was really good. Refills aren’t free, but our waiter was really nice and gave my BF one on the house.
I got the Mango and Peach Organic Black Iced Tea ($2.25). After I squeezed lemon juice into it and stirred in a packet of Splenda, this tea tasted like candy. It was really good and fortunately came with free refills.
I got the Hash Brown Bowl ($9) as my entree. It was basically a bowl of potatoes, sautéed onions and mushrooms, bacon and cheese topped with an egg. You can have the egg prepared in the style of your choice. I got mine over easy, which was perfect because the runny yolk was so good combined with the rest of the ingredients. Top this with some ketchup and it’s the best breakfast dish ever. It’s hearty and consists of all the best breakfast foods. What’s not to love?
My boyfriend got the Classic Eggs Benedict ($11) – poached eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin. The ham was on the dry end, but it helped counter the gooey egg yolk and hollandaise sauce. He thought his dish was better than mine, but I disagree. The Eggs Benedict was good, but the Hash Brown Bowl is really hard to beat.
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I’ve had good experiences with beignets in DC so I tried the Coupe’s Banana Beignets ($6), which were served on a bed of creme anglaise. The beignets took a little while to come out, so they must have been freshly made. They were piping hot when they came to the table. The banana stuffed inside the beignets were really tasty. What’s even better was dipping it into the creme anglaise, which is essentially a vanilla sauce. Overall, the dessert was good, but the actual beignet dough was not the best I’ve had. It had the texture of a hush puppy and should have been lighter and fluffier.
On trip #2 to the Coupe, I got a sweeter breakfast item – the French Toast ($8.25). The dish was topped with blueberry compote, lemon curd and whipped mascarpone cheese. I don’t like citrus flavors in my food, so I asked for the lemon curd on the side. The sour flavor was not my thing, but my BF loved it. The toast itself was the perfect amount of sweet: sweet, but not overly so. The blueberry compote was essentially a jelly. I topped the toast with the house maple syrup (runny and light) and dipped a bit into the mascarpone. The mascarpone was like butter. It went really well with the dish. The dish overall was pretty light on the scale of French toast I’ve had because I licked my plate clean and wasn’t miserably stuffed at the end. I would definitely get it again.
My boyfriend got the Florentine Omelet ($8.25) on our second visit. It was filled with spinach, shallots, garlic and Swiss cheese. He said it was one of the best omelets he’s had. The dish came with a hash brown that resembled a fish filet, but fortunately tasted like potato.
On my second visit to the Coupe, I brought my backpack and study materials to test out the work atmosphere. The restaurant always has people working on their laptops either at booths, tables or the counter seats. After our meal, I whipped out my books and got a lot of work done. I had ample workspace, there was free wifi and plenty of outlets, and the waiter didn’t pressure us to leave or order anything else.
The music playing in the restaurant was great. I recognized all of the songs and knew most of the lyrics to each one. The playlist consisted of contemporary easy listening songs by Lily Allen, Chairlift and Yael Naim and classic songs like “My Girl,” “Jump in the Line,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” It was a really good mix. I’m typically distracted by music, but somehow it didn’t bother me. It just made me happy because it felt like the Coupe made that playlist for me since I recognized everything they played.
The Coupe is awesome for breakfast and for cramming for exams, in my opinion. Their breakfast menu is more diverse than breakfast menus at other places because it has options that aren’t just your standard omelets or pancakes. I will definitely be back to try their lunch/dinner options and to get more work done! If the Coupe wasn’t so far from GW, I would definitely spend time there regularly.
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3415 11th St NW (Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant)
Washington, DC 20010