The coffee options are now plentiful in the Logan Circle/Shaw neighborhood: Dolcezza, Peregrine Espresso, The Coffee Bar, La Colombe, Slipstream, and Compass Coffee, to name a few. But there is one place that has completely won my heart, and that is The Wydown. Why does The Wydown stand out from the others? First up: you can smell the incredible house-made cinnamon rolls, scones, and croissants made by the talented Sophie Camp from a block away. The Wydown might be small, but they make everything from scratch right behind the coffee counter, making it impossible for me to leave with just a cup of coffee.
The Wydown was opened in June of 2014 by brothers Chad and Alex McCracken. Originally from St. Louis, which explains their use of Kaldi's Coffee, however they also use roasters Intelligentsia Coffee as well as PT's Coffee.
Every Saturday morning I wake up and head over to The Wydown for coffee and my go-to pastry: a raspberry rose scone. You heard me. It's the most divine combination of flavors, and has a light dusting of sugar on top and a perfectly dense yet moist center. Sophie also does a killer blackberry lavender scone, and a bacon, sage, and fontina biscuit. On a recent visit there was a long line and when I finally arrived at the counter to place my order, the wonderful staff member manning the cash register reached into the oven and pulled out a scone that he had thrown in the oven when he saw me in the back of the line. He knew my order, and it melted my heart.
The Wydown has a neighborhood feel, the music is always great, and the large garage door at the front is lovely when it is propped open in the warmer weather, but also nice when closed as it circulates the sweet smells from the baked goods and creates an incubator of warmth. My only complaint about The Wydown? There isn't enough seating. But if you get there at the right time and snag a seat, you have pretty much won the day.