Pastries from Praline Bethesda, Part 1

Praline is the kind of place you make a habit of visiting, and are glad that more people haven’t discovered yet. This neighborhood bakery sits in a sleepy shopping center off of Sangamore Road. It’s flanked by a Chico’s and Edible Arrangements, if that gives you an idea of the target demographic.

The store is split into a downstairs bakery with an awesome selection of cookies, cakes, and pastries, in addition to savories like quiches and salads-to-go. Upstairs is a seated restaurant offering decent French fare that tends to be overpriced.

So stick with the bakery, and you’ll leave a happy camper. My new weekend routine now involves a pastry run to Praline, which Mr. x-sXe both thanks and curses me for, since there are very few things there that we don’t like.

I didn’t think it was possible to improve on pain au chocolat, but somehow Praline’s pistachio-chocolate croissant has one-upped the French classic. I heated this up in the toaster oven to crisp it up and liquefy the center, but it’s still quite good cold. If you’re looking for something a bit less sweet and decadent, the caramel pear pastry is a nice option—the caramel being more custard-like than sticky-sweet.

We had our pastries with this Café du Monde chicory coffee from an Asian supermarket (apparently it’s used to make Vietnamese coffee).

Make sure to go early or you’ll be disappointed–Praline usually sells out of pastries by early afternoon.

PS: More Praline pastry reviews coming this weekend.

PPS: We reviewed their cookies here and here.

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