Monday, November 24, 2014

Bayou Bakery: New Orleans Style, A Little North

If you’re craving a touch of the down-home Louisiana cooking in the D.C. area, Bayou Bakery is the spot. Regulars to Café du Monde in New Orleans have raved about the beignets—small powdered French donuts that go perfectly with a cup of coffee—and Bayou Bakery makes some that are almost as good as the original. Louisiana native David Guas had spent twelve years in the Virginia restaurant biz before getting the chance to open his own place, and he brought his homestyle favorites to a very appreciative crowd. If you’re looking for a savory, filling breakfast, the biscuit sandwiches are spectacular—flaky, flavorful, not too oily, and stuffed with perfectly-cooked eggs and meats. Lunch visitors can enjoy a variety of delicious sandwiches, pressed hot on French bread. If you’re bored, the Bakery also hosts a honor system book exchange; bring one to trade and take one you want.

Bayou Bakery
1515 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe: A Tasty Arlington Tradition

From their family to your family, the Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe has been an Arlington institution since 1975. Long-time residents rave about the Heidelberg, and you will too! Come for a classic doughnut that's rich and airy. The pastry selection gives you a choice of buttercrumb, cheese, chocolate chip, or many fruit-based treats. Try the pretzel Danish — it's a puff pastry with almond, chocolate, or spice filling. Or maybe you’d like a turnover or cinnamon bun? It’s all good at the Heidelberg! The Heidelberg is also known for its deli and lunch menu. Made on homemade bread, have the Americana sandwich with roast beef on sourdough, a classic Reuben on rye, a German cold cut sampler, or even an Italian hoagie. Make sure to stop by in the summer for the barbeque cart, which serves the best grilled wursts in the area.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe
2150 N. Culpeper Street
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-8394
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