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Mar 1, 2011 04:37 PM

place to go for birthday cake (& sushi rec nearby if you have one)

While we are in DC next week, my 5 year old turns 6. Looking for a recommendation for a good place to sit down for fabulous cake - coffee shop, tea shop, bakery with seating, anything ...

Also, his fave food is sushi (his foodie mom is so proud) so if you also have a sushi rec near the cake place, I'd love to hear it.


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  1. I love this question! My first suggestion would be Baked & Wired in Georgetown. They are a bakery/cafe - lots of varieties of cupcakes, bars, cookies, some cakes but note that most of the cakes are coffee cake or loaf cake type things. Very nice atmosphere. For me, it's the best in DC for baked goods.

    Another good place would be ACKC on 14th Street near Logan Circle. They are a chocolate shop, serve lots of fun hot chocolates, and have a good selection of cakes from an outside bakery called Buzz. Not as fresh as at Baked & Wired, since they're not made in house. But they have good seating and it's very colorful and fun (though somewhat tacky).
    (Buzz Bakery is an option as well, but it's out in Arlington and you need a car to get there easily.)

    More high end European fancy cakes at Leopold's in Georgetown. Definitely somewhat fancy and more a cool minimalist decor, but they really have a nice selection of cakes there. Table service restaurant.

    And, if you're going to the zoo, you can walk down Connecticut Avenue to Cacao in Cleveland Park. it's a small place with some seating and they have lots of French treats and a dynamite baguette by the way. Similar style treats to Leopold's (French fanciness), but a more casual atmosphere since it's not a sit-down restaurant.

    None of these places are particularly close to remarkable sushi places, as far as I know. You can definitely find sushi easily in Georgetown, and there's some new place on 14th St. called Tsunami above Thaitanic. But they're not destination sushi places. Actually, you could go to ACKC on 14th, then go to Sushi Taro on 17th. That place is much touted for its sushi.

    Baked & Wired
    1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC

    Sushi Taro
    1503 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036

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    1. re: hamster

      Don't get the german chocolate cake from ACKC though. I can't speak for the rest of the baked goods, but that cake was awful. The cake was dry, and the coconut filling tasted sour/rancid.

      1. re: SandyCat

        That sucks!
        This weekend I *finally* made it to the actual Buzz Bakery in Alexandria. Clearly the best cupcakes I've sampled in the region. No contest. Incredible quality and moist factor, funky flavors, large size. Awesome.

      2. re: hamster

        A point of clarification, Cacao is north of the zoo on Connecticut Ave so you walk up Conn., not down. When you come out of the zoo on Conn. make a right, not a left.

        Spices is right near Cacao. Fine sushi in an Asian restaurant. Not high end but I imagine it will make a 5 year old happy.

      3. I would head over to Kramerbooks and Afterwards in Dupont Circle for the cake. You can also let your son pick out a Birthday Book in the attached book store after he has his treat.

        For sushi in that area I personally like Sakana---a small neighborhood sushi restaurant. Try the Sakana roll! Everyone also loves Sushi Taro (although I personally have never been. I'm sure the sushi is great but someone else would have to tell you if it's appropriate for a 5 soon to be 6 year-old).

        Sushi Taro
        1503 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036

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        1. re: Elyssa

          I think Kramer's is a great idea for cake (can be a wait sometimes), but I would pass on Sakana for sushi. It's cheap but and decent depending on what you get, but you could do better. I would suggest Raku next door to Kramers. Not the best sushi in town but I've always had a good experience there. They have some other Asian food, and their special are often very good. It also has a better ambiance than Sakana, and your son will like looking out the window onto the street. My coworkers 5 y/o twins really like it there. Sushi Taro might be "too Japanese" for a 5 y/o...their newish menu is "too Japanese" for some 35 y/o now!

          Sushi Taro
          1503 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036

        2. Thank you so much for the replies! Cant wait to taste the cakes all over town.