Arlington, VA 22201
I know there is sentiment out there that dislikes the consumerism and fast food like appeal of Starbucks, especially in the foodie community. I have to confess that I am not one of these people. I enjoy Starbucks and its ubiquity. While I'm not fond of the prices (they do allow local coffeehouses to charge more and stay afloat) and it may certainly not be the best cup of coffee around; I think they still offer a quality, reliable and available product.
That being said, I'm still a big fan of local coffeehouses and as I was walking to Whole Foods in Clarendon one day, I spotted Boccato just across the street. The first thing you notice as you walk in is the tall, airy space off to the right that's the sitting area. It has almost a Tiki bar sort of feel but with a burnt orange floor instead of sand.
Dames Coffee. The coffee itself was flavorful and rich and while you might think the sweetness of the Nutella would overpower the coffee but that was simply not the case. While I only had one cup of coffee, my initial take on Boccato is that it is place that should be visited again and again.