Buns: Cherry sticky buns from the bakery at Potenza. The tart cherries paired with the sweet, buttery dough keep me coming back.
Cake: Caramelita at Les Halles DC (RIP). If anyone knows where the Les Halles pastry chef is now, I’d like to hunt her/him down just for this cake.
Runner-up: White chocolate mousse cake, Watergate Pastry, Foggy Bottom
Pain au chocolat, Patisserie Poupon, Georgetown. Authentic and baked fresh. No weird aftertaste from the butter/oil from the pastry, as with lesser versions. Almond croissant from Tout de Sweet, Bethesda. A masterpiece from a gem of a patisserie.
Chocolate mousse: Patisserie Poupon, Georgetown. The real French deal. Comes in a crunchy chocolate shell.
Cupcake: The red velvet from Sprinkles in Georgetown. Runner-up is anything from Baked & Wired. The Gianduja (hazelnut chocolate) from Hello Cupcake, Dupont Circle is also recommended. See our Cupcake Taste-off for more details.
Egg tart: Portuguese natas at Nando’s Peri Peri, Gallery Place/Dupont/etc. With a bruleed top, it’s not your typical egg tart.
Frozen yogurt: Green tea, Tangysweet, Dupont Circle/Gallery Place. Sweetgreen’s, which tastes exactly like the Stonyfield yogurt it’s made from, is a close second. If you’re craving something richer, head to Georgetown, where Pinkberry’s salted caramel will scratch the itch.
Praline Bakery, Bethesda, MD. Generously sized French macaroons, great selection of flavors. Tout de Sweet in Bethesda steals Praline’s tiara with their lemon-basil, coco(nut), and chocolate macarons.
Milkshake: Toasted marshmallow, Good Stuff Eatery. The toasted marshmallow flavor permeates the whole shake. Order one more than you think you want. People will become reluctant to share.
Peach cobbler: Teaism (seasonal), Penn Quarter. A flaky, buttery shortbread sits on top of perfectly spiced peaches for just $3.
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