Beat the Afternoon Blues

Need a workday pick-me-up? Here are our nine favorites.
The perfect pairing with a 4 pm coffee: airy macaroons at Bethesda’s Praline.
Photograph by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg.

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Red velvet cupcake at Red Velvet Cupcakery (Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle DC)

Sicilian almond gelato at Pitango (Logan Circle DC and Reston)

Espresso cupcake at Buzz (Alexandria)

White-chocolate-mousse cake by the slice at Pastries by Randolph (Arlington)

Peanut-and-buttercream sandwich at Napoleon Bakery (Annandale)

Walnut brownies at Something Sweet (Cleveland Park DC)

Macaroons at Praline (Bethesda)

Monkey bread at Best Buns (Shirlington).

Cream-filled doughnuts at La Flor de Puebla Bakery (Riverdale and Hyattsville)


This appeared as part of the Dirt Cheap Eats section in the November, 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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Ann Limpert
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Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.