GO THERE: baked & wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW (Georgetown)
FROM THE THERE: At baked & wired, we handcraft our baked goods in small batches. For us, quality is far more important than quantity and by baking in small amounts, we are able to assure you that our products are the best. Having only one store allows us to focus on quality rather than production. We take extreme pride in what we make, both at the kitchen and at the store.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: There are a few great places to find cupcakes in Georgetown, but baked & wired is my favorite. It’s an adorable bakery meets coffee shop featuring bars, brownies, cakes, cookies and pies, in addition to those delicious cupcakes. I’ve had several clients use their baked goodies, all to rave reviews. Go there!
GO THERE: Pleasant Pops
1781 Florida Avenue NW (north of Dupont Circle)
(or visit one of their farmers’ market stations)
FROM THE THERE: Pleasant Pops was born in 2009, because we really liked traditional Mexican ice pops called paletas and couldn’t find any in Washington, D.C. When we created Pleasant Pops we wanted to combine the Mexican tradition of fresh fruit ice pops with local and sustainable agriculture from the greater D.C. area… We now have over 100 flavors, all of which are original recipes made from locally sourced fresh fruit, veggies, herbs, and dairy.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Summer is coming and with it a lot of heat and humidity (at least in this neck of the woods). Summer equals hot; popsicles = less hot. It’s pretty much that simple. Wouldn’t popsicles be a great treat at summer wedding?
Have you had breakfast?
GO THERE: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G Street, NW (near Metro Center)
FROM THE THERE: At Astro, we satisfy your inner cravings for two all-American favorites: fried chicken and doughnuts. Call it an astronomical clash of two iconic comfort food classics, exploding on the DC scene together. Our chicken and doughnuts are prepared daily and on-site by our fry master, Chef Jason Gehring. Expect an artful and whimsical touch to Astro’s daily rotation of doughnut flavors with nostalgic flavors like peanut butter and jelly or dessert-inspired renditions like crème brulee. Astro is the brainchild of longtime friends and native Washingtonians, Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern. They are as excited as you are to share their love for fried chicken and doughnuts with Washingtonians.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: I can’t speak for their fried chicken, but I tried Astro’s maple bacon doughnut last weekend and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since. You must try one. Their doughnuts would make a perfect dessert table addition or late night wedding reception snack. Or maybe throw a fancy doughnut party?
Next up in our series of D.C. places you should visit: Town Hall.
GO THERE: Town Hall
2340 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Glover Park)
FROM THE THERE: Town Hall has been a neighborhood mainstay since opening in 2005, setting the bar for good food, drinks, and service in the neighborhood. We don’t want to be the trendiest place in DC – we want to be the most comfortable. Whether you’re joining us for a quiet dinner in one of our dining room booths, birthday drinks with friends, or a relaxing Sunday brunch out on our spacious outdoor courtyard, we offer an experience for everyone that is rooted in our commitment to welcome you as guests, but have you leave as friends.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Where do I begin? The brunch menu is fantastic. The lunch and dinner menus are equally fantastic. There is an outdoor courtyard and a deck with Adirondack chairs. (Is there anything more lovely than being served a beverage in an Adirondack chair?). They moved up Wisconsin Ave. to their new home in early 2012 and somehow made a great place even greater. Visit often, and then consider hosting an event in one of their private rooms, sundeck (with the aforementioned Adirondack chairs) or the outdoor courtyard.
Introducing a new series featuring some of D.C.’s finest bars, restaurants, food vendors and other fun places I think you should visit. They’ll all be great for events too. First up: ChurchKey.
GO THERE: ChurchKey
1337 14th Street, NW (near Logan Circle)
FROM THE THERE: “ChurchKey was conceived and created out of a love and passion for beer in all its facets. With a collection of 555 labels meticulously curated by Beer Director Greg Engert, this ambitious undertaking is designed to celebrate the full spectrum of styles, traditions, regions and flavor possibilities. Bringing a handcrafted, ingredient focused sensibility to the traditional barroom menu, Chef [Kyle] Bailey has tailored a clever selection of dishes that are as exceptional as they are accessible.” (via their website)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This is one of my most favorite bars in the district. It’s cozy and special but not pretentious. The beers are delicious, the food is beyond amazing and they let you surprise a friend with masks of her face. Below the bar is Birch & Barley restaurant. It’s curated by the same folks and available for tastings, small dinner parties and receptions. Go there!