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Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, Bakery, and Coffee Shop$$$$
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  • Jonelle C.
    "Beignets and the macaroni & cheese with brisket was awesome"(40 Tips)
    Ricky S.
    "Very good biscuits & nice selection of New Orleans foods."(8 Tips)
    Chris M.
    "The gumbo is wonderful."(9 Tips)
    Tyler B.
    "For breakfast, build a biscuit, it's delicious!"(15 Tips)
143 Tips and reviews
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  • new orleans
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  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn I2 weeks ago
    As close to NOLA as you can get in DC. Good coffee too.
  • Wu
    WuAugust 10
    Pretty lively, not overly crowded, and the beignets are beignets: gotta like that! Fine place to go with a laptop. Many of the customers are talking business/acting professional. Abita on tap.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 23
    This beloved Southern bakery offers its cocoa for $4.95. The Bayou Hot Chocolate is made with 64 percent Valrhona chocolate and Trickling Springs milk. Read more
  • Katie J.
    Katie JohnsonJanuary 6
    Try the beignets! Breakfast is great here, also delicious coffee, awesome for working remotely, and coffee meetings.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RunyanDecember 28, 2016
    Delicious coffee & always interesting, Cajun-style food on the menu.
  • Rehaf O.
    Rehaf OmairSeptember 27, 2016
    Not my taste 😶
  • FLAfamilyguru
    FLAfamilyguruJuly 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Bayou BLT is so tasty. The roasted tomatoes and arugula make it a winner.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HilgendorfJune 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee, beignets, jambalaya
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 6, 2016
    This NOLA-themed sandwich shop and bakery in Arlington specializes in muffalettas--which typically layer ham, capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone and peppers or olives. Read more
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 28, 2016
    Beignets! Is that enough for a tip? Beignets!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMay 5, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    When they have it available the cheesecake bars are the best dessert option.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 11, 2016
    The Bitches say: B+ for delicious Southern food and Cajun fare in an order-up environment. We’d love a bit more attention to detail on execution and wow-factor on some of the dishes, however. Read more
  • Jonelle C.
    Jonelle CandaceFebruary 19, 2016
    Beignets and the macaroni & cheese with brisket was awesome
  • Nancy
    NancyJanuary 29, 2016
    Beignets and deviled eggs were delish!
  • Alex O.
    Alex O'HaraJanuary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the beignets. Don't argue with me about calories. Just east the hot deliciousness and thank me later.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicDecember 4, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    You get double punches on your coffee card on Wednesdays.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BabbAugust 24, 2015
    OMG the beignets with peach butter! Good Bloody Mary too.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PAugust 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a mac and cheese of the day!
  • Jimmy O.
    Jimmy OsallaAugust 8, 2015
    French press, cappuccino, macchiato, all the weekend brunch specials
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJuly 30, 2015
    Very good biscuits & nice selection of New Orleans foods. Be sure to try their Candied Spiced Pecans. They are a great snack while waiting.
  • kazahel
    kazahelJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One word: beignets.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    I had a breakfast biscuit, tried my boy's grits, and finished up with bengiets. Good stuff.
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshJune 17, 2015
    The place for New Orleans foodies
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Awesome stop! Get the beignets. Biscuit sandwiches. Basil Mint Latte was AMAZING! One of a kind for sure. Check out the bathroom. Recipes to read while you 'go'.
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshMay 4, 2015
    The place to be for lunch and meet nice people
  • Katy W.
    Katy WilliamsonApril 17, 2015
    Beignets, coffee, hot sandwiches
  • Joe W.
    Joe WinnMarch 21, 2015
    Try the teas...Yum. Great atmosphere and vibe. Totally New Orleans.
  • Liz C.
    Liz Caselli-MechaelFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely get the beignets but DO NOT inhale or exhale while eating them!
  • John M.
    John MalleyFebruary 21, 2015
    Coffee is great and the breakfast biscuits
  • Mario M.
    Mario MoorheadJanuary 6, 2015
    Really great food and drinks, if you are nearby definitely check this place out
  • Bobbie K.
    Bobbie KahklenJanuary 3, 2015
    Perfect place to have coffee and pastries!
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa ColinaDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The beignets are so delicious! And so is everything else. The ambient is extremely cozy, I would be holed up in here if I lived in Virginia. I came all the way from Maryland to check this place out.
  • Alea H.
    Alea HugginsDecember 16, 2014
    Amazing Vanilla Latte! Hands down one of the best I've ever had!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Order a home made biscuit for a breakfast sandwich. Delicious.
  • Sean
    SeanOctober 12, 2014
    This cafe is straight out of New Orleans. BB's beignets are superior to those at Cafe Du Monde. Gumbo, Gumbo, Gumbo..
  • Max W.
    Max WagenblastSeptember 22, 2014
    Breakfast and happy hour
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 8, 2014
    Good spot for a mobile work place.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PattenSeptember 5, 2014
    Granola, lattes, outdoor patio
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Bayou Bakery as seen on Unique Sweets Read more
  • Michael G.
    Michael GussSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Gator-Aid is great
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmAugust 17, 2014
    Great sandwiches
  • Roger D.
    Roger DashAugust 9, 2014
    Cappuccinos were great. Pour over was great. GREAT SEATING.
  • Molly K.
    Molly KrullAugust 7, 2014
    Everything was amazing.
  • Molly K.
    Molly KrullAugust 7, 2014
    I loved the breakfast build a biscuit. Cappuccino was also amazing.
  • Chris M.
    Chris McConnellAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent place for coffee. They serve Counter Culture, which I love!
  • Chris M.
    Chris McConnellAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The gumbo is wonderful.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Robert Wiedmaier, chef of Brasserie Beck, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Muff-a-lotta. Read more
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the biscuits with pepper jelly.
  • Dipti M.
    Dipti MahendranJuly 6, 2014
    We just stopped here for a hot chocolate n it was totally worth it!!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RMay 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Snowballs are back for the summer! Today's flavors were strawberry, dreamsicle, nectar, wedding cake, and cafe au lait. Make sure you add condensed milk! Yum!
  • Atlanta Food & W.
    Join Chef David Guas May 29 - June 1 for Atlanta Food & Wine Festival where he will get into the history of heirloom grist mills and put food on your plate. Read more
  • Yasmin T.
    Yasmin TadjdehMay 2, 2014
    BLTs are now on the everyday menu, wahoo! They use arugula, but you can get romaine instead if you ask. Beignets are also fantastic!
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinApril 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Turkey Jive is a great choice.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SkurskyMarch 15, 2014
    Gluten free chocolate crack cookies are the best GF cookie out there!
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BurgettJanuary 30, 2014
    For breakfast, build a biscuit, it's delicious!
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 14, 2014
    From Washingtonian: biscuits and gravy, hot chocolate, beignets, Dat-Os, pralines
  • Sajjad A.
    Sajjad A. MJanuary 12, 2014
    Great muff-a-lotta
  • Lia
    LiaDecember 29, 2013
    Almond milk available
  • Alex G.
    Alex GOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The beignets are TO DIE FOR. Coffee is also magnificent.
  • John T.
    John TackeffOctober 6, 2013
    The beignets were amazing. I am very excited to come back for brunch and try more of the menu.
  • Becky R.
    Becky RodriguezOctober 5, 2013
    Get the beignets. That is all.
  • Tara
    TaraSeptember 29, 2013
    Don't go there for eggs. They only come "scrambled" but resemble airplane eggs. Grits are very runny. Service is also not good. however, the beignets are delicious.
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveSeptember 25, 2013
    Get the jive turkey sandwich. Delish for $7
  • Alex G.
    Alex GormanAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee biscuits and beignets. Awesome spot for Saturday/Sunday morning brunch
  • Stuart
    StuartAugust 25, 2013
    A little bit 'Nawlins style cooking in Virginia! Don't leave without trying either the beignets (make sure you LOTS of napkins!) or pralines, or both! Delicious!
  • Laura G.
    Laura GreenAugust 17, 2013
    You must get the deviled eggs!
  • Bill H.
    Bill HulseJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    There isn't a better cup of coffee anywhere in the DC area
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJuly 12, 2013
    Boozicles are exactly what you think, assuming you think that they're booze-filled popsicles that come in tingling-ly handsome flavors like ScrewBerry, Bananas Foster and Berry Coolada. Read more
  • Bonnie K.
    Bonnie KnightJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place and Ingrid treats you right!!!
  • Sikemi E.
    Sikemi Epep'sJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Benya's are really good. You should try it.
  • Tiffany A.
    Tiffany AbnerJune 9, 2013
    If you have never had a Sno-ball its time to try one. If you know what I'm talking about Run don't walk to get one!!!
  • Eric V.
    Eric VicksMay 14, 2013
    Missing Cafe DuMonde - We came for the beignets and hot chocolate - neither is their strong suit - they don't serve Po Boys during dinner time - not sure I'd invest in a lunchtime trip to Arlington
  • Josh B.
    Josh BApril 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you bring in coffee from anywhere else, you will be EXILED.
  • Flapjack
    FlapjackMarch 26, 2013
    Excellent espresso. I, enjoy they provide a short glass of seltzer water as a chaser. Great atmosphere.
  • Conner S.
    Conner SwettMarch 13, 2013
    The Arm Drip sandwich is the ultimate sandwich. Just be aware of the mess. Add some Crystal hot sauce for some spice.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Half the staff is wonderful. Half the staff is rude. It's worth putting up with the latter to snag one of their delicious croissants.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostFebruary 28, 2013
    Get the Muff-a-lotta: Chef David Guas’s fairly traditional take on a classic muffuletta sandwich, with mortadella, salami, provolone and house-made olive salad. Read more
  • Mills
    MillsFebruary 13, 2013
    Beignets are lightly-sugared pillows. 3 to an order.Don't plan on having a productive work day if you eat all 3 at one sitting. Chicory coffee delish. Owner suggested milk since it was my 1st time.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Beignets: "...The light fluffy dough and powdered sugar takes me back to my childhood in New Orleans." --Aba Kwawu (NVM's January 2013 Eat This Now! issue)
  • Ci-Ci T.
    Ci-Ci ThomsonFebruary 2, 2013
    Real beignets! Yum!
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica Foster BrandtDecember 7, 2012
    Limited selection of menu items @ different times of day is frustrating, they also don't offer oyster po'boys and their egg sandwiches have gross microwaved eggs, BUT they have a great veggie sandwich
  • Brittany C.
    Brittany CampbellNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Free wifi and friendly staff. Biscuits that made this northern girl realize why southerners are obsessed with biscuits. They have a different sandwich special every day of the week. Yum!
  • Somer M.
    Somer MorrisonNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Omg their turkey meatballs are to die for and the orange juice in the morning is like crack because you keep on wanting more. The beignets are wonderful as well.
  • Zafar H.
    Zafar HasanOctober 25, 2012
    This place is fantastic and was just named one of the top ten sandwich places in america by CNN. Great southern food in the midatlantic.
  • 4SqR Expert M B.
    4SqR Expert M BoudreauOctober 25, 2012
    PorKorn Chef-owner David Guas’ New Orleans heritage is evident in his signature creation of caramel corn laced with bits of bacon and peanuts
  • Amber R.
    Amber RinehardOctober 16, 2012
    Love the outdoor seating here and the servers have always been friendly. Get the beignets!
  • Stacey P.
    Stacey PostonSeptember 29, 2012
    try the buttermilk biscuits with a glass of cream cheese and pepper jelly
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.September 26, 2012
    Food & Wine voted the Muff-a-Lotta sandwich one of the best in the US!
  • Rae R.
    Rae RocaAugust 11, 2012
    Service kind of sucks. Unorganized system left us waiting for 20 minutes for food that we never got. Money back but still annoyed.
  • Corey G.
    Corey GibsonJuly 31, 2012
    Veg head sandwich is delicious and filling.
  • Steph F.
    Steph FontJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a "snowball" to cool off on a hot summer day. It's an amazing combination of the traditional snow come with a touch of cream. Wedding cake, strawberry and nectar flavors are great!
  • Katherine S.
    Beignets are amazing!
  • Abi O.
    Abi OlveraJune 24, 2012
    Chai lattes, at least iced, are quite weak. They excel at other things. :)
  • Colleen L.
    Colleen LevineJune 2, 2012
    Hot beignets + iced Counter Culture coffee = perfection. Damn good biscuits 'n gravy, too.
  • Ginger S.
    Ginger SynapseMay 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the gumbo! Delicious.
  • Dana A.
    Dana AndrzejewskiMay 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bayou BLT on Tuesdays will change your life
  • Steve C.
    Steve CarranMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the gumbo
  • Corrie D.
    Corrie DavidsonMay 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a free bag of used coffee grounds for your garden!
  • JC G.
    JC GibbsApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They close at 4pm on Sundays! :/
  • Ian S.
    Ian StevensApril 25, 2012
    Food is good, coffee however is sub par
  • Molly F.
    Molly FratianneApril 18, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The meatballs here are the best!!
  • Ben L.
    Ben LaMasterMarch 28, 2012
    The special tonight, "Creole Shrimp", was very bland, and way overpriced for the portion size....
  • CC C.
    CC ChenMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Love the beer( yes they sell beer!) coffee and beignets!
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AmericaMarch 9, 2012
    The arm drip sandwich was very good. Appropriately named- it was messy.
  • Matt
    MattMarch 4, 2012
    Good strong coffee
  • Someone G.
    Someone GenericFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Red hot latte. Yum!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel sauce! Nom.
  • Travis J.
    Travis JohnsonJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cajun comfort food + best bakery in the area.
  • KP M.
    KP M.January 14, 2012
    Better beignets than Cafe Du Monde!
  • Kiki D.
    Kiki DipoDecember 30, 2011
    Try the "warm spiced apple cider its the best!!!!
  • Michelle J.
    Michelle JaeckelDecember 6, 2011
    Listen to the staff they have great recommendations!
  • Stefan
    StefanNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pricey but amazing iced mochas
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineNovember 22, 2011
    The veggie sandwich is one of the best things on a menu that abounds in bacon and pork. Also good: Shrimp with green-onion rémoulad; gumbo; turkey-meatball sandwich; crawfish pot pie.
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I like the Creole Pilgrim for lunch and the rebirth is a great drink
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MountcastleOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Caramel latte, biscuits and grits. Mmmmm.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HackettOctober 14, 2011
    Praline Cookies
  • Tony C.
    Tony CappaertSeptember 21, 2011
    Cozy little cafe straight out of New Orleans. Great tea, sweets, and beer.
  • Joslyn H.
    Joslyn HansenSeptember 17, 2011
    The Bloody Marys look ridic, in the best way possible.
  • Brittany J.
    Brittany JamesSeptember 5, 2011
    If you don't try the pepper jelly, you're missing out on everything that is goodness.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PongsajapanAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp and andouille jambalaya on Saturday nights!
  • Meghan H.
    Meghan HillJuly 3, 2011
    To all the New Orleans newbies out there: don't eat the beignets with a fork! I saw you, Arlington lady, don't think I didn't.
  • Jackie T.
    Jackie TraynereJune 17, 2011
    They need to wash their greens more, greens and sand, nothing worse
  • Jackie T.
    Jackie TraynereJune 17, 2011
    Loved the watermelon and feta salad!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJune 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the gumbo, get the muff-a-lotta. Nice olive-y taste.
  • Michelle J.
    Michelle JohnsonJune 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Two power outlets located in the lounge section in the back. The owner is pretty good about pointing them out if you ask.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Drop by during Mardi Gras for some king cake.
  • Jenn W.
    Jenn WApril 29, 2011
    The beignets are amazing.
  • Julian B.
    Julian ByronMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Caesar salad needs more dressing, but I like my salads like my women, very saucy.
  • Mick S.
    Mick SutterMarch 18, 2011
    The Arm Drip. It's more than a name. It's a promise.
  • Line S.
    Get the beignets, they are delicious.
  • Jerod E.
    Jerod EFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    colorful butternut squash soup was bland. turkey sausage breakfast sandwich pretty underwhelming and was cold! lemonade doesn't taste homemade. had high hopes. we'll swing back by to try lunch tho!
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AnFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The lemon curd with whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers is bonerrific.
  • John H.
    John HarbinFebruary 5, 2011
    They have sweet tea!
  • Dan C.
    Dan CurlJanuary 15, 2011
    Do yourself a favor and grab a bag of pork corn (caramel covered popcorn, bacon bits, Virginia peanuts, with a dash of cayenne pepper). Wash down with a Boylan Root Beer. Yum!
  • O'Geetsie
    O'GeetsieJanuary 15, 2011
    Great atmosphere and music. They're still working on the food.
  • Kimberly V.
    Kimberly VanJanuary 12, 2011
    The cafe au lait is a perfect accompaniment to the super sweet beignets (and this is coming from a girl who does not drink coffee).
  • Jack F.
    Jack FanJanuary 10, 2011
    There are no power outlets. So either juice up or find another location to park your notebook computer.
  • chrissy t.
    chrissy theJanuary 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Wheeee beignets!
  • Denise C.
    Denise ChaykunJanuary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is delicious except the hotdogs.
  • Loryn
    LorynDecember 17, 2010
    The beignets are delicious.
  • David g.
    David giambarresiDecember 10, 2010
    Place is ok for decor breakfast food and chai is lacking...ill give it a couple more goes though...
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WhitesideNovember 26, 2010
    Try the "Arm Dip" and ask for extra gravy. Then ask for even more gravy. You can't go wrong!!
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 4, 2010
    Bayou will serve up gumbo, po’ boys, and even chicory coffee. It will be our own little slice of Big Easy goodness.
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