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Busboys and Poets

4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA
4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA
Named for Langston Hughes— who once worked as a busboy before achieving fame as a poet— we are the place to order a mindful meal. Take a deliberate pause and nourish yourself with what we have to offer. With a forward-thinking mission and bites like hummus-stuffed endive or our avocado & havarti sandwich, we aim to transform our community and the world. - Busboys and Poets
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Quick Choices for Catering

Entree Package
$32.00
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Most Orderedminimum 15
Includes your choice of entree, assorted cookies & brownies, lemonade, and iced tea. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Buffet Entree Package
$42.00
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minimum 15
Includes your choice of entree, assorted cookies & brownies, lemonade, and iced tea. Served buffet style. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).

Appetizers

Skewered Chicken
$75.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 15
Served with tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt sauce). Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Mini Crab Cakes
$120.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with tartar sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Skewered Grilled Vegetables
$45.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Skewered Beef
$90.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with teriyaki sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Chicken Wings
$70.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Your choice of chicken wings. Served with your choice of dipping sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Skewered Grilled Shrimp
$120.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
With garlic butter sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Skewered Salmon Bites
$120.00
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serves 15
Sesame-coated salmon skewers. Served with teriyaki sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Sweet Potato Quinoa Balls
$60.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with vegan "sour cream". Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan
Seasonal Fruit
$60.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan
Bruschetta
$45.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Skewered Mozzarella & Tomato
$60.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
With basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Assorted Cheese & Crackers
$60.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Cheddar, pepper jack, and mozzarella cheeses. Served with crackers. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegetable Crudités Platter
$35.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Assorted cut vegetables. Served with your choice of dipping sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Nacho Chips w/ Pico de Gallo
$35.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with pico de gallo (mild fresh salsa). Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Kettle Chips
$35.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with your choice of dipping sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian

Boxed Lunch

Sandwich Boxed Lunch
$12.00
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individually packaged
minimum 10
Each box includes your choice of sandwich, chips, and a cookie. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Chicken Fajitas Boxed Lunch
$16.00
Row Angle Right
individually packaged
minimum 15
Each box includes chicken fajitas and rice. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Pasta w/ Ground Beef Boxed Lunch
$16.00
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individually packaged
minimum 15
Each box includes pasta with ground beef. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegan Pasta Boxed Lunch
$16.00
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individually packaged
minimum 15
Each box includes vegan pasta. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan

Sandwiches, Wraps & Sliders

Assorted Sandwich Platter
$150.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 15
Includes your choice of sandwiches. Served with your choice of salad or side. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Cheeseburger Sliders
$90.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Assorted Veggie Wrap Platter
$150.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Your choice of wraps. Served with your choice of salad or side. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Lamb Slider Platter
$90.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegan Pulled "Beef" Slider Platter
$90.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
With Asian slaw Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan

Hot Entrees

Fried Chicken
$90.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 15
Served with mushroom cream sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Gluten-free
gluten_free
Blackened Salmon
$170.00
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serves 15
Served with lemon-butter sauce and tomato-corn salsa. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Gluten-free
gluten_free
Vegan Stir-Fry
$90.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Your choice of rice sautéed with snow peas, baby carrots, shiitake mushrooms, red onion, garlic, and ginger sesame sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan
Grilled Salmon
$160.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with lemon-butter sauce and tomato-corn salsa. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Gluten-free
gluten_free
Thick-Cut Turkey Breast
$75.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
With mushroom cream sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Gluten-free
gluten_free
Vegetable Curry
$90.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
With your choice of rice. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan
Gluten-free
gluten_free

Salads

House Salad
$50.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 15
Mixed greens with carrots, tomatoes, roasted corn, and your choice of vinaigrette. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Greek Salad
$75.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Romaine lettuce with feta, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumber, and feta dressing. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Caesar Salad
$50.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Romaine with croutons, Parmesan, and Caesar dressing. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Quinoa Salad
$85.00
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serves 15
Chopped spinach with red quinoa, red peppers, red onions, roasted corn, avocado, almonds, and yuzu vinaigrette (w/ Japanese citrus). Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan
Gluten-free
gluten_free

Spreads & Dips

Hummus
$50.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 15
With Kalamata olives and paprika. Served with pita bread. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan
Guacamole
$30.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Pico de Gallo
$20.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Mild fresh salsa. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan Sour Cream
$15.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan

Sides

Brussels Sprouts
$60.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 15
With white balsamic vinaigrette. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Mashed Potatoes
$40.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Collard Greens
$45.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
With apple cider vinegar. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Vegan
vegan
Wild Rice
$40.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Asparagus
$60.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Sautéed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Vegetarian
vegetarian
Black Beans & Wild Rice
$75.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with guacamole and pico de gallo (mild fresh salsa). Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).

Desserts

Cookies
$35.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 15
Your choice of cookies. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Brownies
$35.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Cheesecake
$60.00
Row Angle Right
serves 12
Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Banana Bread Pudding
$75.00
Row Angle Right
serves 15
Served with white chocolate sauce. Be sure to purchase utensils if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).

Beverages

Gallon Lemonade
$20.00
Row Angle Right
Most Orderedserves 8
With Meyers lemons. Be sure to purchase cups if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Gallon Pomegranate Lemonade
$20.00
Row Angle Right
serves 8
With Meyers lemons and pomegranate. Be sure to purchase cups if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Gallon Unsweet Tea
$14.00
Row Angle Right
serves 8
Be sure to purchase cups if you'll need them (from the Miscellaneous category).
Gallon of Coffee
$35.00
Row Angle Right
serves 12

Miscellaneous

Utensils, Plates & Cups
$1.00
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Most Ordered
Steam Pan & Sterno
$15.00
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If your lunch is more than 45 minutes long, a steam pan keeps the food hot for an hour or more.
Flameless Warmer
$20.00
Row Angle Right

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