Plaudits: 2011 RAMMY Winner - Tiffany MacIsaac, Pastry Chef of the Year
Fresh off a joint 30 mile bike ride, Official Friend of DCWD Juli dragged me to her favorite bakery, Buzz Bakery in Alexandria.
Buzz comes from RAMMY-award winning Tiffany MacIsaac, she of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Tallula, Birch and Barley/Churchkey, Vermilion), and sits in a suburban portion far removed from Old Town. It fits in well with contemporary Baked and Wired: a bakery that also trends towards the coffee house, a neighborhood gathering place that emphasizes a sense of relaxation with a dusting of sweet.
The color scheme is bright: orange and lime green and pink. The main seating area has a row of half-booth sofas, in front of a square white shelves with various baking items (Kitchenaid stand mixers, coffee makers, bowls) and a cake facade. A line of community tables follows the two-tops, atop a striped carpet on wood floors. To the front is the counter, with two large glass cases of all the baked goods.
Having ditched Official Girlfriend of DCWD Texas that morning for my bike ride, I decided to buy her the whole bakery: in this case four cupcakes (Cookie Dough, Berry Crumble, Cookies and Cream, and Red Velvet), two scones, a chocolate croissant, and a lemon-poppy seed muffin. Overall, there were some good things, and there were some just okay things. The cupcakes themselves were nice and moist with some wonderful additions (cookie dough, blueberries, an Oreo top), but the icing was a little too chalky. On the other hand, the two scones (onion and manchego cheese, and raspberry almond) were delightful, as was the lemon-poppy seed muffin. Maybe not the best cupcakes in DC, but definitely a solid bakery.
In short, Buzz is the kind of place that the District sadly misses too much: a bakery that isn't just cupcakes, a bakery that is also a lounge/coffeehouse, and a fun place to be.
Food Rating: **** (out of 5)
Date Rating: 4.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $ (out of 5) (less than $25 for two)