So, you can imagine my excitement when I heard that a Paul location was opening up right here in Washington, DC. Not a bakery in the French style, but an actual, honest-to-goodness French chain with over 120 years of history. Unfortunately, as is the story of my life, Paul opened while I was traveling overseas, so I would have to wait several more patisserie-free months before indulging in tartes and macarons. Luckily, I finally got a chance to sample Paul's offerings this summer during one of the free Navy band concerts offered at the Navy Memorial. Paul's location adjacent to the memorial makes it a perfect stop for a pre or post-concert snack, and I took advantage of their concert picnic special--a baguette sandwich, pastry and drink for $11.95. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until next summer for this awesome deal--C'est la vie.
|That's right. Macarons as big as your hand. *drool*|
As soon as I stepped through the glass doors of Paul's, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. Brass bistro finishings, cafe tables and simple, classically French presentation brought back memories as I ordered my usual sandwich--jambon camembert, obviously. And--what you really want to hear about--the pastries didn't disappoint either. Enormous macarons, individual tartes, and crisp, flaky Napoleons abound. Other than the excellent baguette for my sandwich, I didn't get to sample any other breads, but you can be sure I will be back for a boule or two.
|Perfect vanilla napoleon (aka mille-feuille)|
If you're looking for a taste of Parisian baking in DC, it doesn't get any better than Paul's. And even though I was a little late to the Paul party, you're just in time to catch the opening of their newest location in Georgetown--after a soft opening this week, Paul Georgetown should be slinging sweets in no time.
If you go
PAUL Penn Quarter
801 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro Blue/Yellow: Archives-Navy Memorial
1078 Wisconsin Ave, NW