Eating at These 5 Restaurants Will Make You Smarter

Eating at These 5 Restaurants Will Make You Smarter

Eat, drink, read and be merry at these super-cool restaurant and bookstore hybrids.

By Marcy de Luna

Is there a more winning trio than a delicious meal, a soothing drink and a tasty page-turner? And we're not just talking lattes and muffins at the local chain bookstore. At these five unusual indie bookstore-restaurants, the odds of finding excellent eats, drinks and reads in the same place are always stacked in your favor. 

Bookstore Bar & Cafe, Seattle

Seattle’s Bookstore Bar & Cafe, a book-lined bistro inside the Alexis Hotel, offers plenty of great reading light via floor-to-ceiling windows. The kitchen serves up classic and creative American food, and the bar has an expansive selection of scotch and whiskey—plus there are hardback novels by the dozen available to peruse while you hang out. There’s something for everyone thanks to an eclectic mix of titles, ranging from dictionaries to popular fiction and nonfiction books. Hooked on something you pulled off the shelf? Books can be yours in exchange for a $5 donation that goes towards local literacy programs.

La Table, Houston

La Table in Houston has it all: a chic first-floor bakery and coffee counter, and an elegant second-floor dining room where you can feast on artfully plated French dishes. Joining the two is a staircase lined with fully stocked bookshelves. Publishing house Assouline oversees the ever-changing retail book selection, which includes works from the publisher’s own library on subjects ranging from fashion to art, design, automotive and lifestyle.

The Cafe at Books & Books, Miami

Catch up on your reading while you sate your hunger and thirst at Miami's The Cafe at Books & Books. Expect curated offerings across the board, from the small menu of local-ingredient-driven dishes like a grilled pear and kale salad or a Mahi Mahi sandwich, to the carefully selected lineup of written works spanning subjects including comedy, fiction, history and art.

Politics and Prose at Busboys & Poets, Washington D.C.

Hit up Washington D.C. gathering spot Busboys & Poets for meaty, vegetarian and vegan options, from lamb sliders to warm fava bean dip with pita bread, and a cup of coffee or a cocktail like the aptly named Poet Mojito. While you're there, browse the large selection of reads at the connected Politics and Prose bookstore, and pick up a title from among the many titles ranging from fiction to history, religion, theory, art, cooking and more.

Bookstore & Restaurant, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Head to the descriptively named Bookstore and Restaurant near Cape Cod for tasty land and sea specialties, and killer views of the bay from two separate decks. You can also score a novel at the attached second-hand bookstore. A print lover’s haven, the shop has shelves spilling over with used volumes and collector’s editions, all gathered by the owner’s bookworm dad.



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