Columbia Heights has a new addition to its burgeoning district. The Coupe, which opened Thursday, October 11, is another project from the Tryst creators. The Coupe is different from its sister diners Open City, Tryst, and The Diner. The Coupe is a 24-hour diner, coffeehouse, and bar. Since its inception, it has received mixed reviews from both customers and critics. This examiner wants to add her two cents into this mix of reviews.
The Coupe is far from being a greasy spoon diner. The diner is chic and eclectic with modern and classic upholstery and cool, colorful artwork. It is hip with a bar in the back for cocktails, settees and armchairs for relaxing, and a communal table for dining.
Instead of serving cocktails in glasses, they are served in bottles. I was awed and ordered the Bitter Ex. The cocktail is a concoction of gin, Cynar, Aperol, and grapefruit juice. On the menu it states, “slug it straight from the bottle.” The Bitter Ex definitely has a sharp, medicine taste. And yes, drown it quickly and get over it!
Breakfast is served all day. I ordered the Two Eggs Your Way, a platter of hash browns, scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, and toast. The hash browns were cooked just right; not burnt or rubbery. The eggs were a little buttery and nicely cooked. And the chicken sausage patty is wonderful.
I love the lapsang souchong which is black tea smoked over pine needles. This tea has a pleasant and refreshing taste. It’s like an enchanted forest in your mouth. The silken tofu chocolate tart is very delicious with a velvet texture and rich taste. This is a plus for chocolate lovers.
To sum it up, The Coupe, like Tryst, is well worth the visit.