9624 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 474-0003
Fax: (301) 345-6541
Bars & Cafes
The name is an ode to the American poet Langston Hughes who started off as a busboy before becoming a famous writer. Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville is their fourth location and it opened its doors in 2011, becoming a popular meeting place for the locals. It is an amalgamation of art, politics and culture by regularly hosting live entertainment, poetry readings and annual rotating exhibits. There is also a book corner showcasing local authors featuring political, fiction to nonfiction books. Whether it is to dine on delish meals which is designed for all palates from vegan to meat eaters or just hangout for a healthy discussion, Busboys and Poets is an affable space that will surely charm you.
Franklin's Brewery, hailed as a local favorite, offers a colorful atmosphere with a wide variety of entrees that are sure to satisfy everyone at the table. Menu selections include home-style, American comfort food like pizza, salads, burgers, and daily specials. Located on the upper level of the restaurant, Franklin's Bar serves up beers from its brewery, specialty martinis and other refreshing mixed drinks. Be sure to stop by Franklin's general store (connected to the restaurant) to browse and purchase novelty gifts, candies and assorted wine and beer. Check the website for opening hours.
This friendly and healthy restaurant offers Korean fare, and more, with flair. The interior is simply appointed with white walls and pop art. The bi bim bahp, shredded, marinated veggies served over steamed rice with spicy bean paste, is not to be passed up. There is also jahp chae, clear noodles and rice, Korean short ribs, teriyaki fish, focaccia sandwiches, salads and even burgers to choose from. The espresso drinks of Mark's Kitchen are delicious, as are the teas. For the adventuresome, try the radish vegetable juice from the juice bar.
Located next to the beautiful University of Maryland campus, Cornerstone Grill and Loft attracts a large nightly crowd of young 20-somethings looking for cheap drinks, amazing specials and contemporary tunes. Popular among students and alumni alike, Cornerstone is a great place to watch the game on one of their 17 high-definition TVs. The downstairs boasts a dance floor and a long bar while the upstairs “loft” has two pool tables, additional seating and another bar. Their Friday happy hours are the cheapest in town. While not the most stylish of places, Cornerstone is a great place to enjoy a laid back evening with liberal college students. - Zoe Pagonis
As the name suggests, this pirate hideout boasts of some old relics right out of a ship. The wood-paneled walls of Piratz Tavern, are adorned by pistols and pirate flags abound within. Make your way to the dining room where you'll find lantern-lit tables, which are complemented by huge knives to go with the theme. Seafood and Caribbean cuisine dominate the menu. If you go past the dining room into the bar, you'll find a huge table and sword-swallowing bartenders offering rum and beer varieties. They offer a great 12pm Sunday Piratz Brunch Buffet where for a decent prices kids have brunch as well as a sword fighting lesson,a certificate and take home a full size toy sword and eye patch. Although they are a tavern they are also kid friendly with a kids menu, kids lounge with pirate movies and children are given take-home coloring books and pirate toys when they are seated. They also have live entertainment predominantly on weekends that includes pirate singers, sword fighting, belly dancing and fire shows.
A sports bar with billiards and a full restaurant menu. They have 2 full bars and 15 HDTVs throughout to watch your team play.
Features entree salads, sandwiches, hand tossed pizzas, oven roasted meats, savory foccacia and macaroni and cheese prepared in a stone hearth oven. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you have a hankering for seafood this is the place to go. Red Lobster has a wide variety of good eats for the whole family. Various appetizers, special entrees, drinks and desserts ensure a menu with something for just about anybody. Lunch and dinner menus include shrimp, soups and salads, seafood platters, chicken, steak and pasta. For calorie-counters, choose from the LightHouse Menu, which highlights dishes that won't cause you to tip the scales. A Kid's Menu is available with fine fare for the little ones like chicken fingers and mac & cheese. Be sure to save room for a scrumptious dessert. Gift Cards are available as a great gift for the seafood lover.
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature bread sticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. The bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu- their cakes, custards and ice creams are sure to win you over. Lunch and take out menus are available.
Chapala Blue Beetle Bar is a family-owned grill that specializes in Central American cuisine. Select from their famous margaritas and premium spirits at the bar to complement delicious home-style fare. Tex-Mex staples like tacos, nachos, quesadillas and chimichangas are on offer. Their signature dishes include pork ribs and steak fajitas. This place also plays host to jam nights, magic shows, live entertainment and private events.
Try out the Hollywood East Café, a Chinese eatery with a 200-item menu. Featuring everything you can think of from grilled seafood, to steamy noodle soups, to roasted meat. Hollywood East Café is sure to please you and your big appetite. You will not regret anything!
Formerly known as the Tunnel, Club Envy in Washington is one place you will not regret visiting. With some of the best bartenders mixing up great drinks and top DJ's like Nurse Allison, Jen Lasher and Misguided spinning their records to the latest beats, the place is never short of quality music. Also, performers like Steve Archer of the band 'Ego' have appeared here. Party animals and music lovers are bound to have a good time at this venue. Club Envy also has events like the Go-Go and Dance Hall Reggae shows along with the weekly Goth Night, and on some nights music concerts are also held.