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Eastern Market: Yuppieville Forever

Eastern Market is one of the last remaining areas in D.C. that hasn’t really attempted to find its New York stripes. It’s managed to stay classically and quintessentially yuppie! The kind of place where people engage in Civil Discourse and where there are real live actual children. Lots of them! Considering what a bad week the yuppies have had–food trucks were harassed (!), oh, and NPR, too–now may be a good time to celebrate this little yuppie haven and to welcome its newest restaurant, pound, which happens to be following the lower-case-monosyllabic restaurant name trend. Why do yuppies hate syllables so much?

war on syllables
Why can’t restaurants have names that have more than one syllable? Are syllables really that bad? Soon we will have restaurants with names like “Dough,” “Plant,” or “Food.” Why do all these restaurants want to have such simple names when there’s nothing ever simple about them?

organic kid tested mother approved coffee

Look at all that exposed brick! And the coffee! The coffee at pound is certified organic and fair trade, harvested in the Himalayas and brought to D.C. on the backs of camels. Or, it comes from a family owned business in Wisconsin that operates out of a re-purposed train depot and gets their coffee beans from farmers from around the world. We were close! All of which is to say: The coffee tastes good. And pound will be giving out 100 FREE nutella lattes a day for 10 days starting March 14.

There are plenty of other great spots in Eastern Market including Hill’s Kitchen and Seventh Hill, but there is no better spot than the ramshackle used bookstore, Capitol Hill Books:

This place is a wet dream for anyone who likes books. There are books everywhere, including the bathroom. And, yes while balancing your latte, Times, and stroller you may knock down an entire section of books causing the curmudgeonly old man who runs the place to hate you, but that’s just part of the fun. Go! The end.
if you break it you buy it

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Arielle Fleisher is the Wonkabout. She roams D.C. seeking tasty foods, cheap drinks, whole-pig BBQs, think tank events, street fairs and other local horrors.

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33 comments

  1. nounverb911

    "and where there are real live actual children."
    Is this where Cheney comes for tasty morsels?

    1. Cicada

      It's fun, but only if you aren't claustrophobic or looking for any book in particular. The owner takes a very relaxed view towards organization. Arielle's line about books in the bathroom doesn't convey that you can barely see the toilet under the piles of books. It's like an episode of Hoarders, but without the dead cats.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        Sounds like Schroeder Books. At least the new location in Stallis has more physical space, & exposed walls, than the dank, drab downtown location. (They gentrified the crazy lady who runs out of the zip-code. In fact, she's about three ZC over, now.)

  2. nounverb911

    "causing the curmudgeonly old man who runs the place to hate you, but that’s just part of the fun"
    Is this John McCain's retirement gig?

  3. qwerty42

    Geeze. The bookstore reminds me of the spare bedroom. Or my office. Hmmm so do I ferret about for …. (crashing sound) … darn.

      1. SorosBot

        Al Capp, who later turned his comic into constant mockery of the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, along with hippies in general, used a racist name in said comic? Shocker!

    1. zhubajie

      Sure. Formerly in Ilinois, they never surrendered to the US govt., and hence live in Mexico.

  4. SayItWithWookies

    Damn — that last picture reminds me of why I shouldn't run a business. And my theory on the monosyllabic name trend is that it hearkens to an additive-free nutritional fundamentalism, regardless of what's on the menu. People want to believe there's something pure and simple in what they're eating, even when the idiots are ordering a mochaccino caramel latte with Splenda — the perception is still there because, hey — it's called pound.

    1. jus_wonderin

      I did hear they are reserving the name "TON" for their restaurant that specializes in anus burgers.

  5. chicken[redack]

    In keeping with the monosyllabic feel of "Pound" (and out of homage to the book-stacking style seen), the bookstore should be called Hoard.

  6. SorosBot

    Ah, the yuppie places; there's one that's opened near my office just called "fuel", along with a cocktail bar (which previously had been a good German beer place) called "Tyme". Both look as expensive and overpriced as the names imply; and I don't plan to ever eat/drink at either of them.

  7. DaRooster

    “Dough,” “Plant,” or “Food.”
    Dough=Bakery
    Plant=Vegetarian
    Food=Anus Burgers?

      1. horsedreamer_1

        Depending on the ethnic composition, actual or historic, you could also go with

        nosh
        comer
        ăn

  8. Mike Licht

    "curmudgeonly old man"? That's curmudgeonly old Admiral Jim to you, sailor.

    And watch what you say about Pound, or a SWAT team may kick in your door. Thr joint's other location is near ATF HQ in NOMA.

  9. horsedreamer_1

    Indeed 'tis. I first heard it 'round '00, from a coupla acquaintances back home (spent the latter half of my childhood in the Dirty Dirty, i.e. The Stal), when I saw their e:mail at Stallis.org. It has snowballed from there.

    1. ShaveTheWhales

      Thanks. Is there a common abbreviation for Waukesha? Well, other than Fucking Crackerville?

      1. horsedreamer_1

        Why, there is: The 'Sha!

        Also: Crackers, yes; Waukesha County is the most Republican in the state for a reason (though my grandfather was a lifelong Dem, & lived all his live in New Berlin). But, hasn't there been an historically-strong Mexican community in Waukesha (same as Riverwest, in Milwaukee, being Puerto Rican since way back)?

  10. Bowmanave

    We will survive as we lived, in fact the distinction between the two is very blurry. What we call SHTF is a nice sunny day for half of mankind.

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