Boss Shepherds

Boss Shepherds

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boss-shepherds.com/
  • Phone: 2023472677x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday
    11:00 am - 1:00 am

    Saturday
    5:00 pm - 1:00 am

    Sunday
    closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Street, NW and E Street, NW
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Boss Shepherds
Boss Shepherd’s is Penn Quarter’s hottest farm-to-table restaurant, where guests can enjoy a fresh approach to traditional American cuisine. Named after DC’s original governor, who was often referred to as the Father of Modern Washington, Boss Shepherd was one of the most powerful city bosses in his day and was responsible for creating DC’s infrastructure, ultimately convincing Congress to continue to operate in the District of Columbia. A statue of Boss Shepherd reigns half a block away, in front of the John A. Wilson Building.

Instilled with Chef Jeremy Waybright’s southern inspiration, the menu boasts fresh takes on time-honored, rustic classics that can please the palate of any guest. Chef Waybright’s use of farm-to-table ingredients is evident in innovative starters such as the Maine blue mussels with sausage, cider beer, vermouth and pickled chili, or delectable bone marrow served with herbs, pickled egg, breakfast radish and toast.
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Boss Shepherds reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)great for lunch (27)good for groups (22)special occasion (21)notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (15)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (11)romantic (9)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great new place
    Danielle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Amazing food! Fantastic atmosphere! Highly recommend!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service second to none.
    RLS77
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great service and outstanding food. Staff went out of their way to ensure we had a fantastic experience. Spent a fantastic evening catching up with an old friend over an outstanding meal. Thanks Boss Shepherds!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great service horrible food
    Kate0812
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had a reservation for 10 people. We were given a very good table and were able to sit before the whole party was present. Our waiter was very courteous, although hard to understand. The menu options were very limited and there was only one thing that my vegetarian friend could eat. There were no vegan options. I ordered the Hamburg and it was awful. I ate it and the side salad because I was starving, but would never order it again. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends due to the slim choices.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soul
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Take a trip to the south. Great food and a high class southern hospitality.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Soft Opening?
    GoNavyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The restaurant is in a basement location near the Warner Theatre. That space has seen a number of attempts and nothing has made it long term. I'm not sure when Boss Shepherd's opened, but it felt like it was still figuring out things. We had 5 attempted deliveries of food that wasn't ours. All of our main dishes were good, but nothing was spectacular. Creme brulee was probably the best part of the meal, though we improvised and paired it will some salted caramel ice cream instead of the brittle it came with -- definitely worth eating. Overall: I wanted to like it, but there just wasn't anything that made me want to come back given all the great restaurants in DC.
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  • Excellent service, good food
    westsloperVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time at Boss Shepherd's -- I was greeted by a charming Maitre'D, who graciously checked on me as I waited for the rest of my party to arrive. Service was stellar -- friendly, competent, and unobstrusive. We ended up trying the "greatest hits" of the menu -- chicken pot pie fritters and the fried chicken, among others, and we weren't disappointed. Cocktails were pricey, but well-made -- not sure they were worth the $$$, though. We'll return, for sure, if only to try the other temptations on the menu. Kudos to the staff for making us feel as though our business was especially appreciated -- it makes the difference between a "good-enough" restaurant and one that we'll definitely return to.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm fussy about fried chicken...
    LP45
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    ...and this fried chicken was amazing! I also recommend the chicken pot pie fritters, which were superb. The service is still shaping up, so if you're in a rush to get to the show, be sure to let them know and allow a little more time than you might expect. But our server was very friendly, so that was helpful, and she was clearly working very hard. I'd go back for the food for sure, and I assume service challenges will smooth out.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vt4ever
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was very good and the presentation was excellent. Good value. However, the appetizers were late coming and arrived at the same time as the entrees.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Hidden Gem
    MNDB
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Maybe its because of its underground location or because it has been open only a short time, but the restaurant was not very full at lunch on Thursday. The food was delicious, with very good service. I enjoyed the tavern sausage and french fries. My group decided that this will be our new "go to" place for office outings, because of the delicious food and quiet setting. It is such a pleasure to go to a restaurant where you can easily hear each other speak and the overall noise level is quiet.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Work in progress
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had tickets for a show at the Warner so tried the new place. The fried chicken (apparently their flagship) was good, but hardly $24 good. A bit light on the side sauces, and the little fried eggplants that came with it were rubbery. The rib-eye looked good, but again not necessarily a $30 dish. Waiter was pleasant but kept disappearing (it took too long to get the bottle of wine to the table, and the presentation of the cork was silly). Overall not a bad experience, just somewhat over-priced for what you get (maybe their rent is high, who knows).
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    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs work on the service!
    SueKVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was pretty tasty BUT they had only one bartender for a very busy happy hour crowd and a full restaurant. Bad form! And the servers had to get thru that crowd to pick up the drinks. We never got our second round of drinks -- so we cancelled them. Our server was very apologetic but that really didn't help get us our drinks, food or even ice any more quickly. The place is new so perhaps they'll get it fixed.
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  • Lynne
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was very disappointed. It started with the cheese spread which had so much salt in it that all you tasted was the salt. The same problem with the clams we ordered; uneatable because of the salt. I had the chicken pot pie fritters and they were totally bland. As I said, totally disappointing.
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  • foodfanVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I really, really wanted to like it, but mismanagement made for a terrible experience. On an evening when The Warner had a full house there were only 2 servers and 1runner. There were at least 3 "managers," but their only functions appeared to be either deliver the cheese and flatbread or to hide somewhere. Once more diners began to arrive, things went downhill. I don't know if the problem was with the (lack of) servers or the kitchen, but the only phrase I can use to describe the dining room is "hot mess." The table next to mine had drinks delivered after they'd finished their entrees. I tried to catch anyone's eye to get my check for 20+ min. The food's good, but until service gets its act together, I say skip it unless the Warner's dark.
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  • Attentive staff-relaxed atmosphere
    Cardamom
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Waiters are attentive and friendly, not overly so, the selections are different than other restaurants in the area. Both of these factors make this an enjoyable experience. It's worth searching for this somewhat hidden gem (and finding it on 13th and E).
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • good local food
    PragmaticusVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great, locally grown, wonderfully prepared food. I will return.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I had lunch at Boss Shephard's for the first time last week. Neither the soup nor entree suited me and the waiter could not have been nicer. And, even though I did eat some of each, they did not charge me. I did not expect this as - after all, it was much more about me than the restaurant - but it was very professional and I appreciated it. I will go back and order something else.
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  • Good new addition to the area
    IvernaCourtVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    As long as people know the place is there, Boss Shepherd's should do a brisk business. Went in for lunch the other day and the menu, food, ambience, et cetera are very nice (and much better than other much noisier and average places nearby -- I'm looking at you, Geoff). Only complaint would be that for downtown weekday lunch crowd, they'll have to pick up the pace time-wise. Waiter disappeared for long stretches and a longer gap between starters and mains than will probably be tolerated in the long term. Will definitely be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food... Meh Attitude
    RDGRD
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good but the atmosphere was stiff. The decor in the restaurant was nicely done in a mix of casual and upscale but the attitude from the staff was pretentious. I'm all for a good meal but don't like when I end up feeling like I've walked into Tiffany's in muddy galoshes. My husband and I had an early reservation before a nearby show and were dressed nicely. Nonetheless, the food was decent, the menu was interesting and the place has potential minus the attitude.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fried chicken and bourbon
    Southerncomfort
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Two reasons to go: fried chicken and bourbon. The chicken is without fault, and they give you plenty of it (albeit at $24 a plate). The anticipated green beans accompaniment did not show, and grilled, flavorless eggplant was substituted. A side of greens ($8) was not edible, but notation of that to the bartender only brought a chortle and no offer to take it off the bill. The "biscuit," which really is more like a roll, has great prospects if it were just warm. Good offerings of bourbons, friendly and capable bar staff. If you get just the fried chicken and bourbon, you'll likely leave satisfied.
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  • Need to go back for more!
    SShortShoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner at Boss Shepherds, but were surprised by how quiet it was in the restaurant for 8pm on a Friday night. The fried chicken, pot pie fritters lived up to the raves. We also enjoyed the oysters, crispy pig ear salad, bone marrow and the pork roast. Great wine list, draft beers and cocktails too. All in all a lovely place for cocktails and dinner with friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience is great, food so-so
    BrunchLady
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I really wanted to like this place, and there were a lot of positives. The space is very attractive and most of the tables are nice, comfy booths, great for dining with friends and family. They start you out with a delicious snack of homemade crackers and pimento cheese, very tasty. The menu is somewhat limited and not particularly inventive. One of our group had the fried chicken, and this was the definite hit of the entrees, delicious coating, wonderfully fried. I had the Hamburg. The meat was very good, but the burger as composed lacked something like a condiment to bring it all together. It was on the smaller side, which was fine for me but I could see some people with larger appetites balking at it. Service was a bit spotty.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun new spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great location, cool interiors, spacious bar. Great drink menu with knowledgeable bartenders. Below ground but doesn't feel "dark" just cozy. The pickled vegetables appetizer and fried chicken for dinner were delicious. Good food that wasn't pretentious. A bit smaller then expected with some nice big couches and booths in the back for groups to gather around.
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    notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great American Food and Drinks
    Chas
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Service was very friendly, although our waitress kept disappearing and they tried to deliver our wine to another table. Food and cocktails are great, although I wish they would serve the fried chicken on a plate instead of a plank. Pieces kept winding up in my lap! The wine list has a number of good bargains - for example the Rueda for white and the Tempranillo for red.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great service by the waiter . He was well-versed in the menu.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to neighborhood
    DCTasterVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have needed a reasonably priced alternative to the ultra noisy restaurant scene and located it in 1299 Penn cheers up what has been sad little corner
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for before the theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Outstanding service. Best fried chicken and the pot pie appetizers were great.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and Louder
    PenmanshipVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    So loud that the waitress got our order wrong. Brought a rib eye rather than the fall off the bone roast. Concesus of the four of us. Last visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvcentral
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The staff was accommodating on so many levels of an older guest. Everyone went out of their way to make a nice very nice dining experience. The Maitre'd was exceptional and went above and beyond duty. I would give a higher overall rating but an accumulation of small details about the food service and gaps in the menu gave the impression the restaurant was not yet ready to be open. Some things such as the pot pie fritters sounded delicious but turned out to be disappointing. Bland little fritters served on a little island of Bob Evans quality sausage gravy. Parker House rolls were listed as a side, but they were not available The one seasonal dessert of only 5-6, peach cobbler was also not available. I'm hoping everthing gets better...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great meal. The chef cooks with fresh food and the menu changes based on what he finds at the market. Lots to choose from. Loved the pickled vegetables. The decor was beautiful.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Executing well already
    BobMcKay
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    after just three weeks of being open. Polished service and well executed food. Great looking bar. Looking forward to returning!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantsstic!
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A group of 6 of us went Thursday night for dinner. I'd been twice before, everyone else were first timers. The oysters were huge and didn't laat long. One entree of mussels, which looked great, and 5 fried chicken orders, somehow that chicken gets better and better. Gigli was a great guide for our evening. Great food, wine, staff and reasonable prices--you can't beat it.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maybe still a few growing pains
    DaveindcVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    They may be having a few growing pains still. Food was OK, but nothing outstanding from our selections. Hoping it will improve with time as they get better sorted out.
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  • Has potential, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    They probably need a few more weeks under their belt to work out what was spotty service at lunch. The space is as nice as any other restaurant that has been there, and there have been many over the years. I had a decent salad (Cobb, I think) and my dining companion had the fried chicken. The chicken was moist, juicy and tasty, but I'm not sure the cost is quite justified. We also had a half dozen oysters and two sodas, and the total out the door with tax and tip was about $85. For my money, I'd probably go to Chef Geoff's across the street for better food, for slightly less money, and far better service. But I'll give Boss Sheperds another try in a few months to see if things have settled down and is worth becoming a regular haunt.
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  • Very Good fried Chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our first visit. Excellent welcome, except we asked for a quiet table, and they put us in a booth next to the bar and a large, noisy gathering. We were moved to another table quickly. Our server began a little too energetically, but then realized we didn't need or want constant attention. Food was very good. Fried chicken, fritters, and biscuits were delicious. Good wine list, but most are expensive. You can pick reasonably priced items, as well. They use beautiful wine glasses. Overall, a very good restaurant which has a chance to be excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Terrible
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Two dishes were served cold (one deep fried on the outside, still frozen in the center). Restaurant was almost empty, yet service was slow and lackluster. Even flatware and chairs were mismatched. Hugely disappointing.
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  • Excellent
    Lovegoodeats
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had the fried chicken, the hamburg, and the peach cobbler. All were very good and would order all again. Great ambiance and service. Great new restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food (fish of the day, fried chicken) was very good, decor nice, but too expensive for what was offered for lunch. Compared to Central, Del Frisco's and Chef Geoff it is overpriced. This will not become a regular lunch/dinner spot for me.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • fantastic
    BTExpressVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The ambience and food was great. Our waitress was very knowledgable about the menu and the wine list. Hard to find but worth the search!!
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    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New spot, but old hands on board
    DCNativeFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Glad we got to try Boss Shepard's out, especially after the Washington Post story on the fried chicken. Went with a group and enjoyed the decor, ambiance, food and the service. The fried chicken was indeed outstandng, as were the bone marrow starter and the greens. My dining companions sampled the crab cake appetizer and the deep-fried mini pot pies, and were very pleased. We were very impressed and will be back for both personal and business meals. The only glitch was not the fault of Boss Shepard's at all. Open Table had them listed on their site as participating in Restaurant Week. As it turns out, this was not the case. One of the partners assured me that he was surprised to hear that they were listed as such, having just opened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our food was very good - Best Crab cake I have had for some time. Must increase the amount of wine poured - much too little for the price. Really appreciate the management of the restaurant (from the booking, to the greeting, to our departure discussion.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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