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Jan 24, 2007 06:18 PM

Great pastry in Alexandria, Virginia?

Any recommendations for outstanding pastry for weekend breakfast?

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  1. Try Buzz Bakery on Slater Lane. Sister to Rustico across the street, they have pastry, cakes, savory pies etc. Good stuff.

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    1. re: mtwright72

      Second this. I love love love LOVEEE Buzz bakery :)

    2. Hollin Hall Pastry Shop on Ft. Hunt Rd. is the best in Alexandria. It is not super convenient but well worth the trip. The scones, croissant, and muffins are all delicious.

      1. I love Mancini's in DelRay on Mt. Vernon.

        1. The Firehook Bakery on South Washington Street (Where Schumans used to be) has great breakfast pastries and they also have seating. One in particular is called a cinnamon cheese bund, sort of a brioche cupcake filled with cream cheese (like) filling. Very rich but yummy.

          1. I grew up in a Danish household - and am a pasrry nut.
            IMHO - Hollin Hall pastry is realtively poor. And terrible coffee.
            There is a truly excellent pastry shop in the Bradlee shopping center in Alexandria off of Route 7. They have served the only great Croissant I have had in this city...

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            1. re: jazzandfood

              I am not familiar with Alexandria - what is the name of this place in the Bradlee Shopping Center? Sounds like it's worth a trip over.

              1. re: rcooperman

                This mall is not in Old Town, but it may be worth going.
                3680 King St, Alexandria, VA

                Used to live in Old Town Alexandria before moving to Georgetown. It is the cutest place around D.C. I forget the name of the bakery I used to go to. (Firehook is good, too.)

                1. re: rcooperman

                  Here ya go - it's the Alexandria Pastry Shop, and it's been around for a while - a really good place:

                  There's a Maggie Moo on the other side of the mall - above ground, by the way - if you're into some pretty fine ice cream.

                  1. re: Atlantis

                    Alexandria Pastry Shop has delivered great products for me on numerous occasions. I ordered two cakes for my grandmother's 75th and they seemed rushed when taking my order, but the cakes turned out lovely and were moist and delicious at the bday party two days later. The carrot cake was one of the best I've had. I also ordered yellow cake, it was a little too sweet for me, but it was still very good. On other occasions I have visited their shop for Sunday brunch. I had quiche while my husband had a buffalo chicken sandwich - his was better than mine. The quiche was good, but I think the crust could have been more buttery, it was kind of dry and didn't have much flavor. My husband's sandwich is not what you'd expect with "buffalo chicken," it was better. Freshly grilled chicken with a spicy, sweet and tangy sauce they made there, topped off with ripe tomatoes and fresh lettuce. It was great. I will continue to eat here and try more of their pastries and sandwiches.

                2. re: jazzandfood

                  Hollin Hall Pastry shop actually does a great job abd the coffee is roasted locally from Kiari's Coffee. Check it out again, you'll love it!