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Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Crown Bakery
Comments () | Published August 17, 2007
Dirt Cheap Eats (2008)

Crown Bakery
Address: 5409 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20011
Phone: 202-291-3009
Neighborhood: Georgia Ave./Petworth/Takoma DC
Cuisines: South American, Caribbean, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 AM to 9:30 PM; Friday through Saturday 11 AM to midnight; Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Georgia Ave.-Petworth
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Dinner averages $10 and under
Special Features:
Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups

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A cluster of old men cracking jokes and greeting passersby forms a welcoming committee for the Trinidadians who stream through this bakery at all hours of the day. All the baking is done in-house, and every day you’ll find as many as nine varieties of savory pastry, or “patty.”

Patty isn’t the same thing in Trinidad and Tobago as it is in Jamaica—the pastry is flaky, not smooth, and comes in a variety of shapes. The square contains callaloo, the famous green-leaf stew; a log shape holds salt cod. Round is for beef. You could make a satisfying meal of one patty ($2.25) and perhaps a container of the terrific corn soup ($4.25 small, $6.25 large). On the sweet side, there are coconut rolls, oversize cookies called biscuit cakes, sliced currant rolls, and a rich almond-cream layer cake. It’s hard to resist filling up a bag with goodies.

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