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Bayou Bakery (Arlington, VA)

I couldn’t resist doing a post about a dog-friendly cafe, even though we haven’t had a chance to visit one with Reeses yet.  (She’s still very shy around strangers, and we don’t want to rush her.)  I already know which of our neighborhood cafes I’d like to visit first: Bayou Bakery!

Bayou Bakery

Bayou Bakery

Bayou Bakery is located in Arlington, very close to the Courthouse metro stop.  They have tables and chairs set up on their patio outside, which is why I plan on taking Reeses there some Saturday.  My mom actually was the first to discover Bayou Bakery, because it was right by her hotel last time she came to visit me.  After trying some of their baked goods for breakfast, we both loved it so much that we went there two more times for breakfast in the same week!

I have been to Bayou several times for breakfast and once for dinner.  They have great variety on their menu, from your standard coffee and pastries to Cajun-themed happy hour specials like pimento cheese or black eyed pea hummus, to sandwiches that are very popular with the community here in Arlington.  They have different lunch and dinner specials for every day of the week, and great seasonal specials.  (I can’t wait for next spring because I am already missing their carrot ginger muffin.  It’s delicious!)

a beautiful latte

a beautiful latte

There are a lot of details I love about Bayou Bakery.  One is that they have sorgum to use as a sweetener in your coffee-very Southern, and not something I had had the opportunity to try before.  Another is that you can borrow board games at the counter to play while you’re in the cafe.  I enjoy board games, and I think it is great when coffee shops encourage customers to play them.  It also shows that this is the kind of place where you are welcome to sit and stay awhile, an important consideration for anyone who is looking for a friendly place to read!  Finally, they have a variety of different seating options indoors (plus the patio, of course): barstools, tables, and an area with more comfy couches and chairs.  There are lots of options if you want to get comfortable with some nice coffee (they also have wine and beer for later in the day) and a book.

Whatever time of day you visit Bayou Bakery, I recommend you start by trying their beignets and a beverage of your choice.  What could be more New Orleans than beignets?  Plus, they’re delicious!  Just be careful not to get powdered sugar all over the book you’re reading!  I have to give this place five stars.  I love the location, and everything I’ve tried on the menu so far has been great!  It’s definitely a new favorite!  ★★★★★

beignets

beignets

-Elizabeth

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