By Betsy Rothstein - 03/25/09 07:21 PM EDT
But once you arrive, it’s a cornucopia of choices. There is everything from the Burger Bar (an array of burgers — single, double — and toppings) to a wide variety of salads that include the spinach salad with goat cheese, the Cobb and the lemon shrimp. There are hummus dips and a grilled chicken sandwich with roasted pecans.
The soup offerings are many: chili, tomato basil bisque and House bean.
One favorable aspect to this café is that it can be horribly bad for you — french fries, onion rings and chicken tenders — or relatively healthy — veggie burgers or a tuna salad wrap that, though hard to eat in its loose, runny construction, isn’t drowning in mayonnaise.
A highlight of the eatery is the interesting variety of beverages, one of which is the zero-calorie Sobe Black and Blue Berry Lifewater, not too syrupy-sweet and chock-full of antioxidants to get you through the afternoon. The name itself makes you feel like you’re drinking healthy.
Pluses: Inexpensive (a hamburger costs $2.45); the sheer number of choices; friendly service.
Minuses: Hard to find; limited seating
Who you might see there: Garland Thompson (the white-haired U.S. Capitol Police officer who shouts at you if you cross the street against the light at 1st and C streets SE); nerdy staffers; Architect of the Capitol employees; and Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).