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New bakery opening in Cabin John Dec. 2013

Saw a new bakery called J. Brown on MacArthur Bld north of the one-lane bridge, where the beer/wine shop and dry cleaners is located. We went in but it is not yet open for business. It is owned by the guy who owns the beer/wine shop. He says it will be open next week. He said he would be baking on the premises but he was actually reviewing catalogues with a supplier when we spoke to him, so maybe some house-made and some from outside. It is such a food desert over here that pretty much anything is an oasis.

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  1. fabulous news, thanks for the heads up. There seems to be a surge in Bethesda bakeries--new patisserie in the Woodmont Triangle opposite Veteran's Park and new boulangerie on Bethesda Ave opposite Euro Motocars.

    I think the patisserie has better croissants, but they are both worth visiting. And don't forget the St. Michel croissants at the Farm Woman's Market!

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    1. re: jayjaymom

      Do you mean Tout de Sweet (Woodmont Triangle)? It opened in 2011. It seems to have a limited selection. Everyone RAVES about it, though.

      When you say on Bethesda Ave opposite Euro Motorcars - you mean where Nest Cafe is? Have to check it out. Though I am still a fan of NY Bakery/Breads Unlimited in the Strosnider's shopping center.

      1. re: jayjaymom

        Trying to find what you are describing as across from Euro Motorcars: a place called Fresh Baguette that apparently opened in late October. Says it is next to Nest.

        http://bethesda-chevychase.patch.com/...

        http://www.freshbaguette.net/Bakery_B...

        Says they will have pate de fruits. I will be there.

        1. re: Just Visiting

          Oh thanks for looking that up. I'll have to check that out when I'm there today.

          1. re: Chocolatechipkt

            Yes, those are the two I'm thinking of. I think the croissant at Tout Sweet are excellent and the baguettes at Fresh Baguette are pretty good--their croissant--not so much. Still, delighted that they are both here.

      2. Stopped in today at J. Brown in Cabin John because they had a big GRAND OPENING banner. Door was open but lights were out. Shelves were stocked with baked goods wrapped in cellophane and bearing the label of a commercial baked goods supplier. No way was anything baked on site. I'd asked the owner last week and he assured me that they would be baking on site even though he was, at the time, chatting with the sales rep for a baked goods supply company and looking at the catalogue. If it survives, it will be only because this is a dead zone for food purveyors.

        Found this info on BethesdaNow.com:

        http://www.bethesdanow.com/2013/10/02...

        Jae Lee, a 35-year-old Cabin John resident, says he plans to open his Jae Brown Bakery in about a month.
        Lee says bakery will offer cakes, pastries, bread and frozen yogurt. He said he decided to pursue the idea because of a lack of similar options in the Bethesda area and a lack of bakeries at all in Cabin John. Korean baked goods are typically not as sweet as you’d find in conventional bakeries. Lee said the texture in Korean baking is more dense.

        Nothing looked Korean. Looked like roll cakes, cookies, etc.

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        1. re: Just Visiting

          My neighborhood listserve had quite a bit of buzz about J. Brown, and everyone was saying that the offerings WERE baked on premises and that they had French pastries...all quite different from what I'd observed.

          Out of growing curiosity and a need to be fair to a new business, I went back up to the J. Brown Bakery on MacArthur.

          Indeed, there was someone actually baking in the back! Much larger selection, too. The front case (at the register) has fruit tartlets, napolean bars, other French pastries, and truffles. There are some cake rolls up there, too, along with some traditional cakes - but ask about the filling as I'm reading that in Korean bakeries, the fillings may be made of sweet potato paste or other nontraditional fillings. On the shelves around the outside walls are numerous bread-like pastries, including the "donuts" filled with white bean paste or red bean paste. They really are quite bready. They also gave us another bun, gratis, to try. It had a slight taste of peanut butter. We also tried the cookies. They tasted of almond and were quite sweet.

          Everything was good but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

          There was only one kind of bread - baguettes. One neighbor reported that the bread arrives at 3 p.m., so perhaps it is not baked on site.

          I looked into Korean bakeries and indeed, it is customary to wrap each item in cellophane.

          The young woman working at the counter was very pleasant.

        2. I like this place a lot and am glad to have a Korean bakery in my neck of the woods. Like other Korean bakeries, they serve Korean versions of western baked goods, so if you haven't been to a western-style asian bakery before I could see how it might be a confusing experience at first. But if you've been to the Asia Bakery & Cafe or Silla Bakery in Rockville you'll have an idea what to expect here.

          I've tried the cream puffs, the donut twist, the almond croissant and the coffee, all good. The cakes look awesome and the baguettes seem fresh, but I haven't tried either one yet. They definitely bake on site -- I saw ovens going and fresh bread on racks when I was there.

          1. They actually have a professional baker on site who bakes everything (yes! even the cakes!) everyday. I peeped the kitchen in the back, and there were doughs in the oven and freshly made pastries cooling on the rack. So no worries about the owner lying about baking on site, because he wasn't! ;)

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