Logan Circle has become a coffee mecca. The new Slipstream located on 14th Street, which is serving crafted coffee by Madcap, cocktails, and food is another cafe to add to the growing list of options. The space is warm and inviting, and takes a different approach with waitress style service and a menu that provides interesting small dishes to accompany your cup of Joe.
Slipstream was opened by couple Ryan Fleming and Miranda Mirabella. Their concept is unique with their coffee offerings including blends (some espresso and some drip coffee), and single origins from Colombia, Mexico, and Ethiopia. Their menu provides detailed descriptions of the coffees, and from there you can choose your brewing style: espresso, espresso with milk, or drip coffee. For those unfamiliar with the craft coffee approach, the staff is helpful and can talk you through the ordering process. In addition, Slipstream also offers hot drinks such as a Thoughtful Mocha, or an Almond Cashew Milk Cappuccino, as well as cold drinks including an Espresso Tonic. They also have a host of tea options on the menu for those who are less coffee inclined.
At Slipstream's counter one can order a coffee to go, or a pastry from the case. There is also room to perch and read the newspaper. However, for those who are seated in the cafe, there are great breakfast and lunch menu options of artisanal toasts including the goat cheese mousse and avocado which is a favorite of mine. Also on the menu: toast with house-made apple butter and sea salt, and a breakfast bowl with shaved asparagus, lemon, rice, and egg (with the option to add pork belly!) I made the mistake of ordering it without, and it definitely lacked flavor. The pork belly likely adds more depth, or even hearty mushrooms would make the dish more flavorful and substantial.
Slipstream offers a full dinner service led by Chef Jonathan Bisagni in addition to their busy daytime business. His menu is innovative and creative and includes a slow braised pork "banh-mi", a smoked arctic char with yuzu creme fraiche, dill, scallions, lemon zest, and olive oil, and his take on a New England lobster roll. The price point at Slipstream is reasonable, and it feels like a more casual notch down from a regular restaurant setting (in a good way.) The service is slow and a bit disorganized, but I can only imagine the crowds and popularity are more than the owners were expecting upon opening.
Slipstream's concept is unique, and I've enjoyed stopping in for coffee and toast since it arrived in the neighborhood. It also doesn't hurt that they offer a full craft cocktail menu as well as a wine and beer list to appease just about anyone. I always appreciate reading about people who leave the corporate world to build their own business fueled by passion, and I wish Ryan and Miranda a lot of luck with their new endeavor at Slipstream.