There's a strange and disappointing void in Washington. You thought I was going to say bagels, right? You're right, but I'm actually referring to the lack of bakeries. We just don't seem to have many around town, and it's a sad state of affairs. However, the recent addition of Bread Furst in Van Ness has changed this fact, and I hope this starts a revival of quality pastries in town. Bread Furst comes to us from Mark Furstenberg, the owner of Marvelous Market and Breadline. The bakery offers beautiful housemade pastries such as croissants and donuts, baguettes and loaves of bread, as well as salads and sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd.
We went this past Sunday which was a gorgeous day, and we were able to snag an outdoor table so we could enjoy the sun. I absolutely devoured the vegetable frittata which included potatoes, asparagus, squash, red pepper, zucchini, and more. It was a hearty and healthy lunch that I would eat regularly if I lived in the neighborhood. We also enjoyed the glazed doughnut, a flaky chocolate croissant, and some small cinnamon buttons. It's so nice to see a quality bakery thriving in town, and I'm thrilled Mark brought this to us.
On Thursday evenings Bread Furst offers Bread Feast Dinners which include a four course family style meal cooked by Chef Frank Ruta, formerly of Palena Restaurant. The dinners are $85 per ticket and can be purchased on their website here. The dinners appear to be social and include the opportunity for mingling with others, in addition to getting to taste food from a top-notch chef, as well as the pastry chef at Bread Furst, Jack Revelle. I plan to check out one of these dinners, but in the meantime, I recommend you stop by for a coffee and a pastry, pull up a chair, and enjoy Bread Furst's delicious sweets.