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Beans in the Belfry

122 W Potomac St, Brunswick, MD 21716ยท301-834-7179

Reviews (14)

Anonymous

We stopped on our way home to pick up some takeout. The wait was interminable and the food mediocre. The reason, though, that we will never go back is that the person who waited on us at the counter asked if we would please write in a tip. Wasn't tipping something that the customer used to decide??

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December 23, 2009

Anonymous

A wonderful place to relax after a day on the bike trail. Sandwiches, drinks, and desserts are great.

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July 13, 2009

Great or cheap, either 1

Perfect coffee house, not a coffee shop. Sofas, armchairs, antiques, fun used books to scan, stained glass windows, and tables for 4 to 10. Why can't Frederick have a place like this? Food is basic but good, desserts are the real treat (real fresh fruit pie, and wonderful chocolate volcano.) Five stars.

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March 12, 2009

Jes

The food is good, the atmosphere is great ... but the service is painfully slow. It has improved since they got some grown-ups to work the front, but when we came in with 6 people for lunch, it took an hour and a half to be fed and out the door. This is a great weekend place, but I don't recommend going when you only have an hour or less.

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July 27, 2008

Anonymous

Wow, this place is tops. The food is fresh and original. Service is not just friendly but really personal. All sorts of colorful people come and go, it's so easy and fun to strike up a conversation with just about anyone who happens in. Their coffee is tops and I noticed that it is organic and fair trade. This is the great unpretentious place I have been dreaming about!

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May 30, 2008

Ashley-Maria

I live on East Potomac St. on the corner of 5th street @ 501 and I absolutely love Beans. The only places I like to go and eat/drink downtown is Beans and Kings. They are "da bomb"! Beans in the Belfry is so good. I usually only go there to drink and go for brunch, listen to music, and socialize. The workers there are always very pleasant and the food is very good. Try going for brunch on Sundays.

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May 17, 2008

Anonymous

Jazz Brunch is a great experience with live jazz and an easy relaxed time. A creative menu - we had fruit cup, French toast with butter and warm maple syrup and a lovely peach-blackberry pie, served warm. We read the Washington Post and New York Times over more coffee - till the band finished at 2pm. A great way to spend a relaxed Sunday.

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September 19, 2007

David

We went there on Labor Day 2007 after a bike ride on the C&O canal. We went for coffee and drinks. We were very disappointed by the service (it took 15 minutes to get our order, but the sandwich orders which came in after us got served first) and by the quality of the drinks. The menu said that the iced coffee had several ingredients but they only put ice and coffee in it. We won't be going back there. Sadly, the McDonalds iced coffee is better.

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September 4, 2007

Kelly

While I enjoy the food at Beans in the Belfry, I have to say quite often the service is lacking. I'm not sure if its training or what, but it should never take 45 minutes to get a latte. Once the poor kid behind the counter was so confused I offered to make my drink myself, and he accepted (thank goodness- he wasn't even sure how to get the espresso machine ready to pull a shot!). I also ordered a bagel with cream cheese on another occasion, and after waiting 30 minutes, I received what I think was a bagel with goat cheese (either that, or REALLY bad cream cheese). That being said, if you have PLENTY of time, the paninis are excellent, and the atmosphere is great.

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July 23, 2007

Catherine

We stoped there after a day of tubing near Harpers Ferry and what a perfect little place to rest! we couldn't stay for the music part of the evening but truly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, so many things to ponder about. We will be back...

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June 24, 2007

BW In Frederick

One of the best places to go any evening. The sandwiches are great, the beverages are great (mango iced tea, too). The music can be hit or miss, but is pretty dependable Friday and Saturday. They web site is always updated. See music outside of your normal tastes, be adventuresome. Music is a $5 suggested donation; sometimes we give less, sometimes more. Been about 20 times. Atmosphere is superb.

GO FOR SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH. Leave the kids at home (please!) and enjoy a good slow breakfast or lunch on a romantic sofa or at a group table. I know, Brunswick? Yes, Brunswick is the (only?) place in the area for Jazz. Antique shops are a nice stroll on a sunny day afterwards, too.

p.s. Farmers market next door on Sunday is great too.

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November 9, 2006

Anna Van

Delicious and creative gourmet coffee drinks and delectable, locally made cakes; Italian sodas in every flavor you can dream of; local yogurt and juice; yummy artichoke dip; a wide variety of baked goods to choose from; a fun selection of all-natural Burt's Bees products to buy; seasonal gifts and quirky coffee mugs to take home; lots of friendly people and local music. Like a coffee shop from a major metropolitan area located in a tiny historic town--the atmosphere can't be beat. Although service can be a little slow sometimes, be patient--these special treats are worth waiting for, and Beans is a comfy place to linger.

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October 6, 2006

Ron

My wife and I really enjoy the atmosphere, food, and service. A great place to just relax, read, or talk.

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July 24, 2006

Anonymous

I tend to rate high for atmosphere, and Beans in the Belfry has that in spades. The interior of the building is beautiful, and the decor (which seems to change periodically) is not only cozy but incredibly interesting. My only wish is that the menu included more options for non-coffee drinkers, such as teas, better hot chocolate, etc.

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