Whenever I have a hankerin' for bacon-egg-and-cheese-on-a-bagel, I head across the street to Cafe Phillips. I've become something of a regular there. If I decide to get a waffle, the cashier always asks if I want my usual whipped cream on top. This week, I brought my camera and snapped a few pictures of the staff at work.
- Lindsay Totty
Cafe Phillips is a popular deli in Northwest Washington, DC, near Chinatown.
The place is usually packed once the lunchtime crowd comes in.
Luis Lemus is busy slicing the lunchmeat for patrons' sandwiches.
Joshua Villa and Lara Delcid deliver service with a smile.
Lara hands a customer his meal.
Evelyn Au wears several hats, including barista and cashier. Here, she ladles a customer's cup of soup.
David Gearhart is a cashier extraordinaire. His enthusiastic demeanor is one reason many of Cafe Phillips's patrons keep coming back.
David opens the register and completes a sale.
Professionals gather around the cream and sugar stand.
Cafe Phillips is kind of a mom-and-pop shop. Steve and Rachel Park are the owners.
When the line gets really busy, Rachel pitches in.
Rachel is a devout Christian. She prays everyday with her friend, Winny Williams. Winny calls Rachel her "sister in spirit."