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“Virtually indistinguishable from a Bakery using Butter and Eggs”

Sticky Fingers Bakery
Ranked #18 of 63 Bakeries in Washington DC
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Columbia Heights
Reviewed 27 November 2017

In an world of growing dietary restrictions and ‘intolerances’ the idea of a Vegan bakery has been of interest ever since college at The Ohio State University where Pattycake has long embraced the concept of ‘conscious’ eating, the same ideals espoused by Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats making a visit on Saturday morning all the more compelling.

Located in Columbia Heights and thus outside the touristy hustle and bustle, their clientele largely local with the occasional traveler stopping in based on word of mouth or familiarity with Chef Doron Petersan’s work from “Cupcake Wars,” the idea behind Sticky Fingers Bakery began in 1999 when the self-professed lover of Food began experimenting with recipes to fulfill her own sweet-tooth without the use of Animal products, the idea since expanding to a large storefront opened in 2005 featuring several items baked in-house daily plus a small collection Breakfast and Lunch plates.

Directly across from a large supermarket and in the same area as a handful of big-box retailers, rows of houses quite different from just a mile or so south making the area feel far more residential, it was just after the store’s nine o’clock opening that three guests settled into chairs amidst a dining room decorated cute and kitschy, uni-sex bathrooms declaring Sticky Fingers a safe place for all surprisingly the first of their kind in D.C. but certainly fitting the vibe.

Predictably with significant dining plans to follow, the last day before returning home still seeing a few more places on the ‘to-do’ list ranging all the way from nearby to Georgetown and Historic Bloomingdale, it was after lengthy perusal of two cases that the decision was made to select a total of seven items tallying not much more than other local ‘non-vegan’ eateries, the signature sticky Bun warmed on request completely indistinguishable from one made with Butter while Petersan’s equally praised Cowvin Cookie outperformed A Baked Joint’s Oatmeal Sandwich by a substantial margin in terms of taste, texture and value for the dollar.

Reportedly using no Hydrogenated Oils in addition to eschewing Butter and Eggs both at Sticky Fingers and sister eatery Fare Well, a big change for the better compared to many Vegan products, it is with spreads from Earth Balance and Egg-replacer from Ener-G that many of Doron’s recipes are featured in a Cookbook offered both in the Restaurant and online, her Sweet n’ Salty Cookie every bit as good as the Cowvin with good density and a subtle chew while the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie and Sweet Potato Maple Cupcake were dense and moist with a lot of natural flavor plus bright notes of Ginger and Cinnamon in the base.

Not quite perfect in terms of Chocolate, a not unfamiliar situation seen at other Vegan Bakeries but still better than most, it was with a slightly astringent aftertaste permeating the Cake portion of a Red Velvet Cupcake that attention instead turned to a fudge-thick Brownie riddled with Chocolate Chips, the slight rise giving each bite a heterogeneous texture while the lack of Milk Fats or additives necessitated quite a bit of sugar to help foil the Cocoa Powder’s bitterness.

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Thank Michael U
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Our experience at this eatery was very, very good. It has a great vibe. When you arrive at Sticky Fingers, you order at the counter. The brunch menu has limited options, but it is wonderful they provide it! I had french toast with delicious seasoned potatoes and tofu scramble. Very filling. Pricing is great. The bakery is know for their cupcakes / cakes, the owner is a two time winner on Cupcake Wars. I loved supporting this establishment for two reason, they give back to charity each month and they are welcoming of all humans! The charity they were donating to for October was the Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s Rapid Response Team. Special cupcakes are made and a dollar for each sold goes to the charity. Not to mention they advertise for the organization all month long. The bakery / cafe has a wide span of open hours. We will definitely enjoy this bakery again.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We bought a dozen cupcakes with a variety to satisfy my family's tastes and everyone was completely thrilled with their cupcakes. Not a single complaint. The cakes were all dense, moist and flavorful. Definitely stopping by on our way back home.

Thank Janeen M
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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

On our recent trip to Washington we went out of our way to try this vegan bakery based on the great reviews online. Service was pretty slow and not all that friendly. I tried the buffalo seitan wrap and thought it was pretty average. The mac n cheese however was phenomenal! I would eat that everyday! My boyfriend tried the breakfast burrito and thought it was bland. We shared a red velvet cupcake for dessert and know why she won cupcake wars!! Overall was a good experience, come hungry for dessert!

Thank Erin B
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

I love the vegan options. Pups be friendlier. Good sandwiches. Faux tuna melt. Good cupcakes. I love and have been to many times. Will go back and I'm not a vegan.

Thank Tellus9
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