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Great Bakeries in Washington D.C. and area

bruce w Apr 5, 2006 01:17 PM

Visiting, great bakeries in and around , staying in N.W. willing to travel 30 minutes for the best!

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    Meg Apr 5, 2006 02:11 PM

    Cenan's in Vienna (prounounced ch-nons). The best breads, croissants, and desserts around.

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      rHairing Apr 5, 2006 08:05 PM

      I was so happy to discover Cenan's when I moved to Oakton!! I am also a fan of the Heidelburg Bakery(sp?) in Arlington. For something closer in town, I like Leopold's tucked back in Cady's Alley in Georgetown(has the service improved???) and there is Firehook which has several locations.

      As for Cakelove, never had it but looking at the posts, mostly negative, almost feel the need to get there to check it out for myself.

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      MB Apr 5, 2006 03:07 PM

      Patisserie Poupon on Wisconsin for pastries, including croissants, and Breadline for crusty, European-style bread. Do NOT let anyone tell you Cakelove is one of the best - it's not.

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        Lord Jorgandus Apr 6, 2006 09:30 PM

        Wow, I've been to Cake Love several times, and I think it is one of the best bakeries in DC. It's on U Street. I would suggest using our friend called google and checking out all these places for yourself to come to a decision!

        p.s. different bakeries are known for and are good for different things. For example, I wouldn't go to cake love if I was searching for the best french pastry, nor would I hit up Patisserie Poupon for a great cannoli. Etc. etc. Cake love has very good bakery of all sorts, but I think it has superb cakes.

        So there :P

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          ChewFun Apr 7, 2006 08:56 AM

          I had cupcakes from CakeLove (peanut butter and something else). They were horrible. The cake itself was nothing special and the icing tasted terrible (and we followed their directions). Cupcakes from a box mix would be better.

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            Lord Jorgandus Apr 7, 2006 07:28 PM

            Sorry you had a bad experience. Maybe better luck next time? (if you go back)

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              Bonz Apr 10, 2006 09:08 AM

              You won't find better luck with the cake. Incredibly overpriced for mediocre cake.

              Next time? No thank you. The last time was the last time.

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          Lonewolfcub Dec 15, 2006 05:18 PM

          I'll second Cenan's in Vienna. Great little bakery on Rt. 123.
          I brought in some chicken salad and put that on a butter croissant, and man, it's good.

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            jtlam77 Dec 15, 2006 06:18 PM

            Well, just to get my two cents in here... I really enjoy Cake Love. They make all organic products. My favorite thing at to have at Cake Love is a yellow cupcake with white icing. Delicious, moist and definitely not plain!

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              ChewFun Dec 15, 2006 06:27 PM

              I have had the cupcakes from Cake Love and found them terrible. Truly, you could get tastier cupcakes from the Giant.

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                Atlantis Dec 15, 2006 10:30 PM


                The absolute best.

                You might not be very far from one of the DC locations:



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                  foodiejourno Dec 18, 2006 10:02 PM

                  Firehook is mediocre. The bread is fine, cookies are nothing to write home about, and the service at the one in Cleveland Park could use some help. I prefer Marvelous Market (their gingerbread is outstanding!)

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                  schoenick Dec 16, 2006 12:06 AM

                  Hollin Hall Pastry in Alexandria off of Ft. Hunt - perhaps a bit of a drive from NW but can be done in 30 minutes on weekends when no traffic.

                  There cakes, tortes, pastries are well worth the drive!


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                    DC Taco Dec 18, 2006 10:31 PM

                    Since it hasn't been mentioned yet: Pastries by Randolph in Arlington near the intersection of Lee Hwy. and Old Dominion Fantastic morning pastries (Danish - Cinamon roll, etc.) and wonderful desserts as well. Stop by at Parisien Express for French Baguettes.

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                      skipper Dec 19, 2006 12:41 PM

                      Woodmoor Bakery in Silver Spring. Its at 4 Corners (intersection of Colesville RD and University Blvd). Everything is terrific.

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                        rcooperman Dec 20, 2006 02:31 AM

                        Try Stellas in Rockville. Really great first class cakes, pies, pastries and cookies. Also some Greek specialities. Worth the trip.

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                          tigerjohn Dec 20, 2006 04:19 AM

                          The best cakes and cupcakes I have found in the DC area is Cakesplus in Laurel (located in a strip mall off MD 198 near the BW Parkway). Better than decent alternatives in the DC, and far far better than the lamentable Cakelove.

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