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Great Coffee Shop Hunt: Firehook Bakery

March 13, 2012

“Washington Born, Washington Bread” is Firehook Bakery‘s motto — a DC chain for 20 years, Firehook has 11 locations in Washington and the Virginia suburbs. They range from a tiny, SRO-type cafe in Dupont Circle (good luck snagging one of the few counter seats by the window) to the much more expansive Farragut Square store, where I stopped by yesterday for a cold drink on a warm day.

I’ve never tried the breads at Firehook — thank you, breadmaker! — but all of the pastries and other baked goods I’ve tried over the years have been great. Mark this down as yet another place to get good cupcakes in the city.

On this trip, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a spiced iced chai latte: creamy without being watered down by ice, with just the right amount of wake-me-up kick.

I juuuust managed to pull myself away from a package of peanut butter and jelly rugelach. Willpower wins. Also this Firehook location is just down the street from my office, so it’s possible to go back anytime and scoop them up.

While Googling, I came across a Washington Postrecipe for Firehook’s pumpkin muffins. Maybe my next rainy day baking project?

Spring has sprung in DC — the cherry blossoms may start peeking out this weekend and set a record for earliest peak bloom date — which means it’s time to switched to iced drinks. What’s your iced order?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2012 10:44 am

    A. spiced iced chai sounds delicious. why havent i tried one yet??
    B. PB&J rugelach! YUM! FYI the pb&J macarons from the sweet lobby are to die for

  2. March 13, 2012 5:47 pm

    Okay, cherry blossom question – if they start peaking this weekend, how long will they last? A friend and I were hoping to come down the first week in April, but it sounds like that may be too late?

    • March 14, 2012 8:49 pm

      DC is beautiful in April but since the cherry blossoms are projected to peak so early, there may not be many by the time you come down. It’s still gorgeous though and plenty of other flowers will be in bloom. Let me know if you end up coming to town — I’d love to see you.

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