Claudia over at Brunch and the City is making a list of D.C. donut spots, and when I expressed my love of all kinds of fried dough, she asked if I would be interested in checking out the beignets at Bayou Bakery. Duh.
We met there for late morning brunch on Saturday. The cafe is located in Arlington just across the street from the Courthouse metro station. It actually doesn’t have much of a brunch menu besides biscuits and granola, but it’s the kind of place you go to for the ambiance, a cup of coffee and a good lunch.
We went for the beignets, so that was the obvious first choice. They come in orders of 3 for just $3, and they’re quite large and covered in powdered sugar. We could have easily split an order. I had a bowl of granola with milk and Claudia ordered a biscuit with bacon and eggs. The granola was yummy and definitely made in-house — simple but good. I would have liked it with fruit and yogurt. According to Claudia, the biscuit was tasty but fell apart quickly and was tough to eat. Not the highlight.
The decor was really fun — in addition to regular tables, there was a section in the back with benches and an enormous wooden table, along with a shelf full of books and games. We noted that it would be super fun to get a group together for beignets and board games. My favorite thing was the alligator head wearing a Mardi Gras mask — totally capturing the NOLA flair.
In any case, I prefer donuts in the end (Birch and Barley all the way), but Bayou Bakery is worth a trip for beignets and perhaps a gourmet sandwich for lunch. I’ll check it out and report back.