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#101 Mark Slater

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:50 PM

The Dat-O cookies are not to be missed. They are insanely good.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:31 AM

I stopped for the first time yesterday morning and thought the Vanilla Bean Muffin was absolutely splendid- -got it in a bag so I could bring half of it to work for later and it didn't make it out the door- -well-prepared espresso, comfortable space and extremely friendly service made it a great morning stop.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:08 PM

Stopped by today for lunch and had a large gumbo. yummmm. spicy, creamy, the rice on top is a nice touch. I only wish it were twice as big. Nice soup for a cold day.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:54 AM

Nice piece from Tim Carman about David Guas, his dad, and their traditions at this time of year.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

Dear BB:

I want to love you but you got me again. I had a craving for gumbo so I purchased a bowl of yours.  This is how my face looked after:  :-l

 

It was fine but not great. Too much tomato. You don't have etoufee on your menu but I'm betting you'd put tomatoes in that as well. 

 

Since you like tomatoes so much, why not put a nice shrimp creole on the menu?  If you do, let me know. 

 

Oh, don't know what it has to do with NO but the meatloafsandwich was really good.  --NC (who refrained from all LSU bashing)



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Dear BB:
I want to love you but you got me again. I had a craving for gumbo so I purchased a bowl of yours.  This is how my face looked after:  :-l
 
It was fine but not great. Too much tomato. You don't have etoufee on your menu but I'm betting you'd put tomatoes in that as well. 
 
Since you like tomatoes so much, why not put a nice shrimp creole on the menu?  If you do, let me know. 
 
Oh, don't know what it has to do with NO but the meatloafsandwich was really good.  --NC (who refrained from all LSU bashing)

 

No. Tomatoes. In. Gumbo.
It should be a law.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

had the gumbo today.  Loved it.  spicy, warm, wonderful sausage.

 

also visited the little boys room there.   In lieu of wall paper or simple paint the wall above the tile is completely papered over with pages from cookbooks, food pics.   Really interesting!!!!!   kudo's for the design work in the men's loo!!!!!



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:53 PM

I wrote an ode to the crack cookie on my blog.  That is the best cookie hands down I have ever had, it happens to be gluten free, but it tastes better than any gluten or non-gluten cookie I have ever had.  It's just phenomenal.  Chocolaty, gooey, but crisp and held together, perfect in texture, both brownie and cookie like mmmm.  I secretly like full day trials or afternoon hearings in Arlington so that I can stop in here. I need to see if that crack cookie is in the cookbook, or some of the other gluten free recipes. If so I will buy that cookbook in a heartbeat.   

 

Anyway we were there again on Sunday, and boy was it busy, busy.  I got the cheddar grits with brisket, which was really good, the brisket was braised in a tomato based sauce that had a lot of depth and flavor.  The grits were cooked properly.  I had a side of collards, liked those as well, they still had some texture to them, but were cooked down with nice flavor.  Had a biscuit that was ok, not my favorite biscuit ever, but not bad, not my Mama's biscuits though.  (But next time I will skip the biscuit and get the cookie.)  Hubby had Jambalaya that I don't know that he liked as much as he liked my collards and brisket (although he isn't a big grits person).  I always want to get here for red beans and rice but just don't eat out a lot on Mondays.  

 

Also if anyone there is reading this- can you please get diet cola.  I don't mind diet ginger ale, but I would really prefer diet cola.  


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:29 AM

They introduced a pretty darn good Bahn Mi to the rotating sandwich specials menu today, listed on the board as a Vietnamese Po-boy. My only nit was that it was a little heavy on the spiced mayo (for my taste; not the spice, the mayo).  Priced at $7.95 which is in-line with their other sandwiches, albeit twice what you would pay at the Eden Center.  A welcome addition to the sandwich specials menu joining the Bitter Pig and Turkey Meatball as among my favorites.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:24 AM

I love the Bitter Pig and very much like the Turkey Meatball.  Their red beans and rice dinner is tasty, though I found the crawfish etouffee disappointing (lacking in flavor and rather watery/soupy). I like the gumbo and don't mind the tomatoes - it has a nice rich flavor.

My favorite thing there right now is the guava pastelito, which I think is only available Wednesdays when they have Cuban sandwiches.  Really wish they'd carry these every day - they're fantastic!



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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:00 PM

The Washington Post reports that David Guas will be opening Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery at 921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, DC.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 05:02 PM

Had the French Press Coffee this past mid morning.  Far and away the best coffee option in the Courthouse area IMHO.


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 11:51 AM

The Dat-O cookies are not to be missed. They are insanely good.

 

There are many dishes and foods l love there.  That is not one of them.  If I was forced to eat one I'd crack it in half and lick the creamy filling.   



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 12:30 PM

If I was forced to eat one I'd crack it in half and lick the creamy filling.   

 

Yeah. Like that.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

I love their coconut pie - makes me so happy when they have it.  I wish I knew when it was going to be served, I'd be sure to be there.

 

And I adore the guava pastelitos and am bummed that they're only there Wednesdays starting at lunchtime -- they're usually gone if I stop in Wednesday after work for one.  They are really fantastic, crisp and flaky and just the right amount of tart guava balanced with sweet cream cheese.  Please, offer these more often!! On weekends or evenings, preferably, so your neighbors who work elsewhere can enjoy them when they're home! :)


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:08 PM

The Black Eyed Pea Spread;   a hummus like spread with pickled black eyed peas, cayenne pepper, some southern styled spices, garlic, sweet onion, xtr v olive oil and other ingredients.   This was simply one of the finest taste treats I've had in ages.  Simply scrumptious.  

 

I got the ingredients but not the portions but this I suppose can be made similar to making hummus.   This little side dish is buried in the snacks portion of the menu...but it sent me into savory taste bud heaven.   

 

Just like the folks in Courthouse in Arlington, the folks on Capitol Hill are in for a treat if they find this dish on the menu.  Its outta this world.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:19 PM

I've been watching American Grilled on the Travel Channel (my favorites-BBQ, competition, towns I like) & I think Mr. Guas is doing a great job as host. It's similar to 'Chopped' (which I love, except for dessert round), but a little more low key. Looking forward to future episodes.

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 04:54 PM

I had the crawfish patty sandwich a special last Thursday, with deviled eggs.  I didn't realize, although I should have, how rich the crawfish patty was, it was served with melted cheese and a little lettuce on sesame seed roll.  It was way too rich after I ate my deviled eggs, which were really good, a little spicy, but nicely balanced.  It was also terribly messy, so I ate the inside out with a fork and knife and left most of the bun.  The patty was really good, but I didn't love the accompaniments on the sandwich, which didn't help with the messy factor.  Anyway I hope they edit the sandwich a little bit, wouldn't be my top choice compared to other things on the menu.  But I love this restaurant and it is a great place to crash while waiting to be at the courthouse.


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Posted 17 April 2015 - 05:09 PM

The boudin is one ooh la la spicy sausage!! Never fails. Great treat.
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Posted 28 April 2015 - 10:07 AM

There's activity at the Hill Center location.   It's reportedly set to open in early May.  The "Bayou" signs are up outside, and this morning there were boxes outside the door that looked like some kind of supplies coming in.


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 06:04 PM

The Capitol Hill location at 901 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, DC, is soft open now and officially opening on Friday, May 15 according to Washingtonian.



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Posted 14 May 2015 - 09:32 AM

I stopped in for a cup of coffee at the Hill Center location this morning, and the space is gorgeous, with lots of natural light.  They've still got a limited menu, but there were a decent number of options.  The pastry case held some appealing possibilities, though I tried not to look too closely  <_<.


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Posted 14 May 2015 - 10:57 AM

I stopped in for a cup of coffee at the Hill Center location this morning, and the space is gorgeous, with lots of natural light.  They've still got a limited menu, but there were a decent number of options.  The pastry case held some appealing possibilities, though I tried not to look too closely  <_<.

 

As someone who is close enough to the Courthouse Bayou Bakery to be able to stop in a fair amount and sample many of their foods, I'd say you and that neighborhood are in for some wonderful treats!!!   :D

 

Congrats and enjoy.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:48 AM

We were wandering the Hill Saturday afternoon and popped into Bayou Bakery to check things out.  Great space, love what they have done.  Three different rooms/areas inside and a decent sized patio area outside.  Galactic and Trombone Shorty playing over the stereo system.  This is what "third space" establishments should be like.     

 

We just grabbed a coffee and a very tasty chocolate chip cookie to go.  I hope this place is fully embraced by The Hill.


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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:47 AM

We were wandering the Hill Saturday afternoon and popped into Bayou Bakery to check things out.  Great space, love what they have done.  Three different rooms/areas inside and a decent sized patio area outside.  Galactic and Trombone Shorty playing over the stereo system.  This is what "third space" establishments should be like.     

 

We just grabbed a coffee and a very tasty chocolate chip cookie to go.  I hope this place is fully embraced by The Hill.

 

I got coffee there today too, and I discovered the hard way that it had grounds in it.  I didn't realize this until I was walking along and had gotten pretty far down the cup.  Choking and spitting coffee on the sidewalk had not really been in my morning plans.  I'm scheduled to meet people there tomorrow and now have to decide if I'm going to complain about today's cup of coffee when I'm there.  If it had been a cup I was staring down into, I might have noticed them and could have stopped drinking before I got near the bottom of the cup.  But there shouldn't be grounds in the coffee anyway.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 12:35 PM

I got coffee there today too, and I discovered the hard way that it had grounds in it.  I didn't realize this until I was walking along and had gotten pretty far down the cup.  Choking and spitting coffee on the sidewalk had not really been in my morning plans.  I'm scheduled to meet people there tomorrow and now have to decide if I'm going to complain about today's cup of coffee when I'm there.  If it had been a cup I was staring down into, I might have noticed them and could have stopped drinking before I got near the bottom of the cup.  But there shouldn't be grounds in the coffee anyway.

 

Absolutely tell them about the grounds!  I plan on spending a good amount of time there, and want to make sure they know how to properly brew the coffee I'll be drinking.


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 04:47 PM

I'm afraid I can't recommend the biscuit breakfast sandwiches at the Hill Center Bayou Bakery: the flavor is fine, but the biscuit is way too crumbly, almost cakelike--it explodes into crumbs with one bite. These biscuits just don't have the stamina to work as sandwich containers. The muffalotta sandwich is better option--good bread and meat; the grilled pimento cheese sandwich is crispy on the outside, coolish on the inside. Excellent snickerdoodles. But so far, I'm more enamored of the space than of the food.


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Posted 07 July 2015 - 06:56 PM

For those of you who like meat in tube form, the Smoked 'Douille Sausage Dog with Vidalia Onion Marmalade and Creole Mustard is might fine eating.

I still haven't try a whole lot on the menu but the Hill location is a wonderful "third space"
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Posted 11 July 2015 - 01:32 PM

I stopped off at Bayou Bakery, Courthouse the other night, met a friend and had the large Jambalaya and their tap beer from Louisiana.  At $3 the HH special is a great deal for a tasty IPA.  The jambalaya is sadly so-so, a large in this case at $12, was very filling but so-so, IMHO.  A little dry for my taste and not as diverse as can be done.

 

Love, love. love an excellent jambalaya and worked on variations for some years, with ultimately some good results in both my and the diners' perspectives.  Haven't done one in a while, but a favorite dish.  There is a nice jambalaya thread here with some diversity and various recipes.  Probably worth my while to try one for a group.  Otherwise I'd call Bayou Bakery's version adequate, worthwhile to meet a need but not one done from the heart and exhibiting careful tender loving care.



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Posted 19 July 2015 - 01:40 PM

My habit for years is to find places I or a friend and I enjoy and keep going back to it.  Doesn't make for a diversity of reviews (or a diversity of dining, or a diversity of tastes and meals, etc.).  But it is what it is.  Bayou Bakery is one of those places on my regular to go list.  I've hit it for dinner a number of times, alone and accompanied.   Here is what is terrific:

 

Bayou Bakery (courthouse) at night (open to 9PM) is not generally crowded.   Its far busier in the morning and for lunch.   During the later hours its a great place to "chill".   The choice of music is funky...and if you like NOLA you'll like the music at Bayou Bakery.  Its relaxed.  So I have to pick up my food rather than get it delivered by a server.  No problem.  So they ask us to clean our table....ha ha.   Hey, it aint your Mama's kitchen.  Ha Ha.  Good line.

 

Last week with friend we ordered the spiced shrimp and an abita on tap an argula with chicken and a boudin and white wine.   At the end of about 2.5 hours coffee and pastry.  We shared a lot.

 

Very very tasty.  The only drawback is that the spiced shrimp dinner is a 2 baguette dish for sopping up the wonderful spicy sauce.  The 2nd baguette cost a $1.50.  OH OH OH.   really not a problem for a tasty relaxed long drawn out very comfortable meal.   It is a very relaxed enjoyable good quality tastes and cooking place for dinner.  BUT...they ask you to buss your table.  So beware!!!!!!!   :D







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