Crown Bakery

5409 Georgia Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20011


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

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

Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Crown Bakery

Cafes & Carryouts

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.