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May 16, 2009 09:42 AM

Babka in and around D.C.?

Does anyone know of a bakery that carries babka in D.C.? The only place I can think of is Dean and Deluca. Through a bit of research, I came across an online bakery called that used to carry it, but I can't find anything current about Shoeboxoven.

Any help about babka sources and/or is most appreciated!

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  1. Marvelous Market has Green's babka, at least the Dupont Circle branch.

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    1. re: hamster

      I think that's the brand Wegmans carries. Is it from Brooklyn? Whatever the one Wegmans has, it's a great babka. The chocolate is simply luscious. Never tried the cinnamon, for the reason cited in dacfood's post. 8<D

      1. re: hamster

        Whole Foods carries Green's babka as well, cinnamon and chocolate. $7 each, last time I threw dietary caution to the wind and bought some (and finished within a week ::hangs head in shame:: ). The cinnamon is good, like a less-sweet cinnamon bun that has that slightly-boozey cinnamon kick to it. The chocolate is sweeter, but not overly so, and has this wonderful flakiness to it that I can't get enough of. :o)

        Great, now I'm going to have to stop by Whole Foods this week...

        1. re: hamster

          I've seen at Marvelous Market in Dupont and other location.

          I also feel like I've seen it at So's Your Mom in Adams Morgan.

        2. I got some cookies from Shoebox oven at Art on the Avenue last October. I remember reading the baker had to use the kitchen/ovens of another establishment but the contact info was Alexandria. They may no longer be in business?

          I have found excellent babka at Whole Foods and Balducci's, cinnamon and chocolate. I think I have even seen it at Trader Joe's. Firehook bakery may also be a candidate.

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          1. re: milocat

            Everyone knows that cinnamon is lesser babka. :)

            1. re: dacfood

              Umm, IMHO the True Babka is the cinnamon Babka. The chocolate one is but a modern affectation and a diversion from excellence :). Alas, after Deluxe - that wonderful bakery in White Oak closed - I have searched unsuccessfully for Babka in the DC area for several years. I even tried Baltimore/Reiserstown w/o success. As an ex-New Yorker I truely miss my Cinnamon Babka.

              1. re: rcooperman

                Babka fan but not a Seinfeld fan, are ye? 8>D

                1. re: Bob W

                  I liked rcooperman's, perhaps unintended, homage. Of course the reference is from 15 years ago which just makes me feel old. ;)

            2. I was shocked to come across some freshly baked babka at a Giant Food in Wheaton. I have no idea how good (or, bad) it was, though.

              1. Goldman's Kolsher Bakery in Pikesville has excellent babka, both the cinnamon/raisin and the chocolate, $6 each. They also have terrific challah, rugelach, strip coffee cakes, black & white cookies, hamentaschen etc. If you sign up for their emails you get 50% off various goods - this week its hamentaschen, danishes and french pastries plus buy two loaves of bread (rye, white, challah, whatever) and you get them for 1/2 price as well.

                Goldmans Kosher Bakery
                6848 Reistertown Rd.
                Baltimore, MD 21215

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                1. re: treetop tom

                  Closer to DC, you could try Shalom on University (near Georgia Avenue in Wheaton) ( or the Pastry Oven in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center in Silver Spring (

                  1. re: skipper

                    I have seen it at Balduccis (Bethesda)

                2. Brookville Market in Cleveland Park usually has it on Fridays.