“Bakery” is a misnomer. True, owner David Guas is a pastry chef, among the best in the region, if not the country—one bite of his dark, chewy pralines will convince you of that. But there’s so much more to rejoice in here than just great cookies, tarts, and pies. Like the wonderfully zesty muffaletta, or the shrimp ’n’ grits that can take you back to one of the classic kitchens in NOLA, or the hot and buttery barbecue shrimp, a Friday special, which will have you asking for more bread to sop up every last slick of sauce.
Where you can find it: 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, 703-243-2410; 901 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, 202-664-5307
Also good: Cheese straws; braised collards; breakfast biscuit with Benton’s bacon; gumbo; chilled, spiced shrimp; beignets.