Continuing my survey of coffee joints in the greater Arlington area, I visited Hot Shotz, which is less than a block from the Clarendon Metro stop. It was weirdly quiet for being adjacent to a shopping district and a Metro stop, even with the whole no-food-and-drink-on-the-Metro rule. I had a distinctly mediocre au lait and spent about two hours in a reasonably comfortable chair using sketchy wireless and trying to figure out the source of the old people smell. No luck in the latter, and I really see no need to go there again.
So, as I mentioned, I started my job in the District this week. One of my concerns in starting said job is that there’s a $tarbuck$ (see, SB, two can play that game) in the ground floor, which to me means that no real coffeeshops will be anywhere nearby. I’ve found that this is not entirely true – but I’m still not going to dissuade my Champaign friends from sending me coffee. I have, instead, started getting my morning coffee from my friend The Coffee Man, who has a little cart just down the block. I have no idea what the actual name of his establishment is, but I’m quite pleased that he is there.