Good bakeries in DC?
Haven't seen this topic discussed before, anyone have bakery recs for the Metro/DC area?
Brenner's in Arlington (Glebe Rd & Columbia Pk) is a good, old fashioned American-type bakery. Good donuts. Five Guys used to use Brenner's buns for their burgers. Don't know if this is still true.
Elsewhere in Arlington, the Heidelburg (on Lee Hwy, I believe) is a nice European-style bakery.
In Alexandria, Shuman's Bakery (S Washington St) is known as a gathering place for Alexandria's ole boy network. You can sit down and eat at a table or at the counter as Shuman's.
re: Jim Dorsch
If the Patisserie Poupon in Georgetown is as good as the one in Baltimore, than it is definitely worth a try.
Someone recently brought into the office cookies from Pastries by Randolph in Arlington. They were delicious. Also in Arlington is Heidelberg on Lee Highway at Culpeper Street. Hamantaschen year round!
Cenan's in Vienna and Simit in Fairfax (Main St. at Pickett Rd.) are two good Turkish bakeries.
The proprietor of the German deli on Lee Highway in Falls Church told me he prefers Randolph's baked goods over the pastries he sells in his own place: everything is made with real butter at Randolph's. Don't waste your time at Heidelberg is what he told me. I've tried both places. He's right.
re: Bob W.
patisserie poupon has good baked goods, but the service is surly to the point of sometimes being outright hostile. while i haven't stopped at this one in more than a year, the napoleon bakery in savage mill was outstanding last time i was there. and marianna's cafe in alexandria old town is run by the former pastry chef at the occidental room. wonderful place!
I live in the far reaches of Montgomery County, and have actually found an outstanding bakery in Germantown. Posted about it before, but I'll mention again:
Royal Bakery in Germantown at the intersection of Rt. 118 (Germantown Rd.) and Middlebrook Rd. The couple that owns it are from New York and combine an Italian and Jewish heritage and make really great bagels (no, REALLY!) and Italian pastries/cakes and biscotti (and knishes and donuts and crumbcakes, etc.).