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Bakery for Breakfast in the D.C./Arlington Area?

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We'll be visiting in a couple weeks and love trying new local bakeries for breakfast. We like places that serve pastries, bagels, croissants, bagel sandwiches, scones, etc. We don't care if they serve it all or just some of the things listed, we just want it to be great and worth visiting for out of towners. We have a car and GPS and don't mind driving to find good food.

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  1. Firehook is a local bakery/coffeehouse chain with some decent pastries. You can see a list of locations at www.firehook.com. On Sundays they also serve omelettes to order.

    1. in Georgetown.
      la patisserie poupon
      1645 wisconsin ave NW
      washington dc

      1. in Georgetown.
        la patisserie poupon
        1645 wisconsin ave NW
        washington dc

        1. Hello there! I usually take visiting friends to Bread & Chocolate - http://www.iexpediter.com/demo/brdnch.... They have a good selection of pastries, cakes, and breads and also a good brunch selection (omelettes and so forth). There are a number of locations in DC and in Alexandria (not sure if any in Arlington).

          Here's the website specifically for locations: http://www.iexpediter.com/demo/brdnch...

          1. If you want to drive a little further out - meaning main area of Vienna (Rt 123 / Maple Avenue) i LOVE Cenan's Bakery.
            In my opinion they bake some of the best croissants and scones around. (good coffee too) Probably a 20 min drive from Arlington.

            1. There is an excellent bakery called Best Buns in Shirlington Village, which is just off 395. They have excellent breads, breakfast items and coffees.

              1. Breadline serves serve EXCELLENT pastries, croissants, rolls, scones, etc. (no bagels). Baked breakfasst items change from day to day but if they happen to have donuts (especially jelly) the day you go - GET THEM!! And ask if you don't see them, they often are back in the kitchen and not on display.

                This website doesn't list breakfast items but has location and hours (note: closed weekends) -


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                1. re: Rosco1

                  Breadline is definitely the place you want to go in DC. I saw bagels there a couple of weeks ago!

                2. Let me preface this suggestion first by saying I've never eaten anything at this place before, but I saw a PBS food show that profiled local joints and this one place was profiled.

                  They (vegan bakery) produce organic baked goods without eggs, thus no cholesterol and low in saturated fat. Again, I have not eaten here before, and am thus not "vaunting" this joint, as I did not vaunt the Amphora (I just suggested someone contact them and check out their website). Given all that, check out the sticky fingers bakery:


                  1. there's a very new place in Alexandria called Buzz that has a nice selection of breakfast treats, and makes great coffee too.


                    1. I recommend the Heidelberg bakery in Arlington. It has an excellent selection of cakes, cookies, and pastries. The bratwurst is good too. You'll need the car to get there, but be prepared for limited parking.


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                      1. re: mattm

                        I would also recommend the Heidelberg bakery in Arlington. It's really tasty and as noted by mattm, they have an outdoor cart which sells bratwurst. I have tried the hamantash, apple strudel, one of the pieces of chocolate cake, and a few other items which have been great. If you're up for an adventure, you might want to try some of the Korean bakeries, such as Shilla bakery in MD and VA, or some of the Korean bakeries along Little River Turnpike.

                      2. Reeves Bakery (1306 G, NW) dates back to 1886 and survived a move when the original location was demolished to build a new office building. A favorite of native Washingtonians, their customers have included J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson's wife and daughters who often ate lunch there. Best source of birthday cakes downtown, including the strawberry shortcake.The absolute best glazed donuts in town. Open only Mon. - Fri. Restaurant as well but food is ordinary.

                        1. if you want try a light and asian twist on your baked goods, i have had many years of good experiences at Maria's. they have locations in rockville, falls church, springfield and annandale.


                          1. Don't Forget Pastries by Randolph. Small but good. They are in the space the Heidelberg used to operate in before they moved to their current location.


                            1. PbR is an excellent choice. Plus, you can stop by Parisien Express for fresh French Bread, a quiche or crepe, and get your espresso drinks up at Cassat's (try the Flat White - a New Zeland specialty). All in the same strip mall. Unfortunately, you kind of need to do this breakfast progressively, as the coffee sucks at PbR and PE and the food is unimpressive at Cassat's.

                              1. We have the same tri fecta of close but you have to visit each one breakfast places at home. Stop around the corner first for coffee, then go the pastry shop for a scone, then go to the diner for pancakes. Seems like a pain for some people, but the wife and I love it. We'd much rather have the best of three places than settle on one of the places.

                                1. How far are you willing to schlep? There's a fairly new bakery/eatery in Laytonsville, MD--Pistachio--that's not bad. Although not great, this is a bit of a wasteland out here, and I like to support anyone trying to something out of the ordinary. Plus, they have a nice fireplace.

                                  1. I can't believe no one has yet mentioned Marvelous Market, of which there are several in the area, including one on Conn. Ave just north of Dupont Circle (carry-out only) and another in Georgetown at P and Wisconsin with indoor and outdoor seating. I had a wonderful breakfast there yesterday of a superb almond croissant and a surprisingly great cup of coffee.

                                    Forget driving out to Vienna or Laytonsville; you might as well drive to West Virginia.

                                    In my opinion your best options are: 1) BreadLine, 2) Marvelous Market, and 3) Best Buns.