The Great Doughnut Derby: Palena Market vs. Bayou Bakery

The Cleveland Park rounds go head to head with NOLA-style beignets in Arlington.

Pillowy beignets at Bayou Bakery. Photograph courtesy of Bayou Bakery.

Greetings, derbyers. Cashion’s won Tuesday’s contest, beating out Seasonal Pantry for a spot in the elite eight. There are just two slots lefts before we move on to the next round, so be sure to weigh in as we move toward selecting the best doughnuts in all of Washington.

Up now: Palena Market, sister store to Frank Ruta’s acclaimed restaurant, where the fritters are a weekend favorite for much of Northwest Washington. Palena takes on Bayou Bakery, home to chef David Guas’s buttermilk beignets. Who wins? The decision is in your hands. Be sure to vote before 5.