5409 Georgia Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20011
Neighborhood: Georgia Ave./Petworth/Takoma DC
Cuisines: South American, Caribbean, Deli/Quick Bites
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
Reservations: Not Needed
Dinner averages $10 and under
Special Features: Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Walk up to Crown Bakery on a nice day and you might think you’ve wandered back in time. The men gathered outside playing cards and listening to bebop on the radio are straight out of the ’40s. They’re part of the charm of coming here, but this Trinidadian bakery earns kudos for the quality and consistency of its from-scratch cakes, pastries, and cookies.
The savory pastries ($2.25)—filled with chicken, beef, callaloo, salt cod, and more—are excellent, the outer shell delicate, the fillings satisfying. A handful of them, with an order of the sweet-corn soup, make a good meal to go. It’s hard to resist loading up on the sweets. The selection changes, but we’re partial to the sticky coconut rolls, buttery biscuit cakes, creamy almond layer cake, and flaky currant rolls. Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11 to midnight.
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