Coffee at Mid City Caffe

Such sad news to share on a Friday morning. Mid City Caffe, which opened on my birthday in 2009, is closing on October 1st. Unfortunately, their lease is up for renewal and they decided not to continue. While their location was a bit out of the way,¬† Mid City definitely had some loyal fans – me among them. Make sure to stop by for one last cup before they close next Saturday. They won’t be opening Mid City Caffe in another location. This is it.

And, this seems like a good time to mention that Mid City Caffe’s downstairs neighbor, Miss Pixies, might be in the same boat. Both of these stores make the U street/Logan Circle neighborhoods a better place to live, so I hope that we can continue to get these kinds of local independent businesses to move to the ‘hood.

Mid City Caffe

Mid City Caffe

So, I’ve only been once, but I’m kind of in love with Mid City Caffe. A few months ago when I spotlighted Peregrine Espresso in Eastern Market, I hoped that one would come to U street. Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have our 14th street/U street version of Peregrine with Mid City Caffe. The coffee: great, and cheap. The vibe: relaxed, 50s dinerish, but not quite that shiny (if you know what I mean). There’s even sidewalk seating. And yes, free WiFi. The food: pastries, bagels, yogurt. The service was friendly and prompt – no signs of inepitude¬†since they had just opened.¬† Man, if they had a more in depth menu, with some egg dishes and maybe some sandwiches, this would be my place to hang out on the weekends.

So, yeah, I’m really in love. Check out more photos, including the menu, on my Flickr photostream.

Saw this article in the Post and it brought a smile to my face. Imminently good news. Mid City Caffe, opening on 14th street soonish, is going to be using coffee beans from Counter Culture. You might be familiar with their beans from favorites like Peregrine Espresso, Big Bear, or Tryst. I think this is a good sign that we might have a great coffee shop on our hands once it opens. I had wished for another Peregrine to open on U Street, but this might be a good compromise.

A sad round-up. It’s not been a great few days…