So...Is it worth waiting in a long line for a "Georgetown Cupcake"?
We were in Georgetown tonight and decided to check out Georgetown Cupcake. Upon rounding the corner at Prospect and Potomac, we came upon this very long line for the place. Well...scratch that off the list. Instead we went to Dean and DeLuca and picked up some dessert.
So, for those of you who have been --- is it worth the wait for a Georgetown Cupcake?
Yes! I love Georgetown cupcake. I have tried the following and liked them all;
lemon, coconut, chocolate lava, chocolate ganache.
They are fantastic. But no, I still wouldn't wait in the kind of horrendous line I saw last weekend.
For the record the ones I like are choc. with vanilla frosting (my favorite), vanilla with choc. frosting, strawberry, and coconut.
I would not order again the choc.cubed or choc/peanut butter. Both very cloying.
The line was extra line tonight b/c Georgetown Cupcake ran out of cupcakes at the Taste of Georgetown event earlier today. I was one of the people in the line at the event (I only waited 10 minutes), but when we got to the front of the line (it was sometime between 1:30-2:00 pm, about mid-way through the event), we were told that they were out, and that we could redeem our ticket for 2 cupcake up until 9:00 p.m. I had plans so I returned to Gtown around 8:00-8;15 p.m. The line was horrendous, with some people saying that they had waited 1 hr. 15 mins. Crazy! I couldn't stay, so I popped in and asked about the possibility of coming back another day with the ticket. A couple of employees said it could only be done tonight. Way to add fuel to the fire! A lot of people, including me were not happy campers. I asked to speak to the manager, and after a while, the owner came out. to speak with me. Said I could come back tomorrow. I may or may not. This was my 1st experience with Gtown Cupcakes and while talking to the owner, I let him know that. Friends of mine have had good things to say about the cupcakes, but have also complained that shortages, lines, etc. are unfortunately a regular thing. From what I observed, it looks like they can't handle the demand.
I want to give it a try, but refuse to wait an hour, especially as I can get a great cupcake anytime from Baked & Wired or Furin's, also in Georgetown.
P.S. Aestheticaly, Georgetown's cupcakes are very cute with designs on top (I saw a heart on top of the red velvet cupcake). I'll probably go for a vanilla with chocolate frosting and a coconut or a lemon (assuming I can limit myself to only two :) )
- There are families (i.e. kids) who take forever to order, and Georgetown parents allow them to have choice, unlike my folks who would have gotten the coolwhip topped ones @ the grocery store, despite my protestations. The fact that have chocolate 1,2,3 almost always seems to beg questions. (although its way better than trying to figure out the Banana Republic Esque names @ Hello Cupcake - Vanilla Gorilla? You Tart?, Princess? Velvet Elvis - the instore menu is hard to see and doesn't describe the cupcake - you have to ask your cupcaker to tell you what it is)
- occassionally some mom will show up with a SUV for a stroller, which makes it hard for everyone to get in and out
- the smart people who call ahead, order like 4 dozen cupcakes, which the staff then has to help push them out of the door with.
- The cupcakes you actually eat aren't often not the ones on display in front of you, but usually in the back. So that adds a few seconds to relay the order, put the cupcakes in a box, and then get back to you
- They almost make a show of putting the sticker on the box. It's a like a legal fiction between buyer and seller, because most of us are gonna scarf one down before we make it back to the car/metro/bus/flat.