Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Where to Eat Breakfast: Batter Bowl Bakery

A few months ago, I got the opportunity to serve on a retail focus group for my beloved H Street Corridor. There, a few likeminded individuals who have a similarly active interest in promoting the neighborhood and I expressed our hopes for the street: Local businesses. No chains. Don't let H Street become Georgetown.

As we all got a little more specific about our store preferences ("A specialty eyeglasses shop," said one woman. "A locally owned hardware store," said another man. "A nice nail salon," said I.), there was one type of business we could all agree we desperately desired: a bakery.

The folks at the H Street business association listened: Batter Bowl Bakery has just opened up at 403 H St. NE, ready to bring you croissants, muffins and other assorted doughy goodness daily.

Storefront
Inside

I decided to test out the wares this past lazy Sunday, and for a place that has just opened, I was HIGHLY impressed.

They have a pretty extensive menu:

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and all the items are VERY reasonably priced. I had the French toast, which was made on thick, sourdough bread. They were a little stingy on the syrup portion, but for $4.50, I can't complain.

Additionally, Batter Bowl Bakery had its service down to a SCIENCE. With new businesses, you always expect crappy service for the first few weeks/months as they iron out the kinks and get used to a schedule. But with this bakery, that wasn't the case at all. Though they didn't have the full menu up and running (I couldn't get the Puffed Pancake, which was disappointing), they had the register ringing and the entrees coming out like clockwork.

Moreover, the employees were taking great pains to keep the place clean. There was a guy coming around every five minutes with one of those swingy-trash-buckets-on-a-pole that you see at amusement parks, sweeping up crumbs as soon as they landed on the floor. Tables were wiped down within seconds of patrons vacating.

It was a tight-run ship, which makes me optimistic that this place will only get better and better as time goes on.

My only real complaint was that this bakery seemed to attract every child in the neighborhood like moths to a flame, and they were loud and unruly. Can't I just eat my French toast and Illy coffee in peace, please?!

(Though, this particular moppet was really cute:)

I hope my kids come out like this.

So, the next time you're out on H Street, stop by Batter Bowl Bakery and get yourself a pastry. You'll be glad you did!

2 comments:

  1. Glaaahhhhhh, droool. I mean, good write-up!

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  2. Yum! Any establishment with the words "batter bowl" in the name sound a-okay by me.

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