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Top Five Places to Work From Home
October 18, 2013

Top 5 Places to
"Work From Home"

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DC is full of folks who work remotely: consultants, freelancers, and more. Since working solely from home is a great recipe for cabin fever, we've compiled a list of five great spots to hunker down and be productive.

Our criteria:

1. Free Wi-Fi that works consistently.

2. Comfy chairs and tables that are a decent size: your drink, snack, and laptop/books/papers all fit comfortably.

3. Staff that doesn't give you the stinkeye for camping out for awhile.

4. In addition to quality caffeinated beverages and baked goods, they offer solid breakfast and lunch options should you need to work through mealtimes.

5. Bonus: They all have outdoor seating.

Tryst: 2459 18th St. NW (Adams Morgan)

Tryst turns off their Wi-Fi on weekends, but they also have a full bar, so we'll let it slide. After years of permit battles, they are finally able to offer patio seating out front.

H Street Coffeehouse & Cafe: 1359 H St NE (Atlas District)

Formerly known as Sova, this coffee shop was taken over and made over by the owners of the neighboring Biergarten Haus earlier this year. The two establishments share the back patio, so coffeehouse patrons are only allowed out there before 4pm.

Pound the Hill: 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (The Hill/Eastern Market)

This Capitol Hill institution is known for its Nutella fixation. Enjoy an espresso drink or scone laced with the infamous chocolate hazelnut spread.

The Coupe: 3415 11th St. NW (Columbia Heights)

The Coupe is three establishments in one: coffee bar, diner, and full bar. The space is huge and divided up effectively, so it's possible to get work done on one end while folks are drinking at the other.

Bar di Bari: 1401 R St. NW (Logan Circle)

This Italian-inspired cafe from Aaron Gordon (Drafting Table, etc.) offers a small selection of hot entrees and wines in addition to the usual coffeehouse fare.

Spicing Up Downtown

NYC's popular fast-casual Cuban restaurant Sophie's Cuban Cuisine has opened its first non-NYC spot downtown at 1134 19th St NW. DC native James Lambert, owner of the DC franchise, tells us there are four ways to get the Sophie's experience: take-out (downstairs), table service (upstairs), delivery, and catering. The menu offers a range of Cuban classics, including ropa vieja (shredded beef stew), camarones al ajillo (garlic shrimp), and hot Cuban pressed sandwiches. More exotic dishes like oxtail stew and goat stew are available as weekly specials. Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 8pm with many options under $10, Sophie's is a welcome addition to the office lunch and dinner scene.

Skip the Soda

Craft sodas and mocktails are already all the rage at upscale casual restaurants: Hank's Oyster Bar on the Hill, We the Pizza, Founding Farmers, and Ping Pong Dim Sum just to name of few. Now, the trend has made its way into the fine dining world too. Power lunch hotspot Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt in the West End offers four seasonally rotating mocktails, like the Sparkling Apple above (made with apple cider, berries, and ginger beer). They recognize that when entertaining clients or closing a deal, getting sauced isn't always ideal, and wanted to offer patrons something more exciting than soda and tea.

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Todd Gray's Equinox, located steps from the White House, is a quintessential downtown power lunch spot, and so faced the same concerns about lunchtime tipsyness as Blue Duck. But beyond that, Todd's wife and business partner Ellen explains to us that as a busy mom, she can't always indulge in an adult beverage. "I have to go to carpool line after this, you know? I don't want to be that mom." Equinox also offers seasonally rotating craft sodas and mocktails; our current favorite is their autumnal pear Italian soda (far right).

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