Located along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O Canal), this laid-back neighborhood bakery and coffeehouse is one of my favorite hangouts in D.C.
Baked and Wired serves delicious food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere. The space is adorned with works done by local artists and photographers—as well as napkins scribbled with slogans, poetry, and pictures by visitors who wish to leave their mark.
Owned by a husband and wife team, Tony and Teresa Velasquez, the shop has been whipping up handcrafted baked goods since 2001. To the delight of the young, the old, the college kids, hipsters, and the "power suit" crowd, the shop churns out a plethora of treats. You'll find cupcakes ("cakecups"), brownies, cookies, pies, bars, muffins, cakes, quiches, breads, biscotti, and even "zilla bonez" (dog biscuits).
They also serve the best coffees including Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Madcap, Barismo, and Ceremony. For tea, try the "Chaider"—a seasonal combo of chai and apple cider.
Dine here like a local; upon entering, head to the left side for the baked goods (the "Baked" side) and then to the right for coffee (the "Wired" side).
Signature baked goods include:
— The Strawberry Cupcake: made from fresh strawberries mixed with vanilla cake batter topped with a swirl of pink buttercream (the local favorite).
— Bee Stings: shortbread cookie topped with sliced almonds and honey.
— OMG's caramel s'mores: a layer of graham cracker crust followed by caramel, marshmallow, and chocolate.