Thursday, October 1, 2015

Restaurant Review: Sticky Fingers Bakery in Washington, DC

We recently made a trip to Washington, DC which also happened to fall on my husband's birthday. We went to zpizza for his birthday dinner and a couple days later on our way back from the zoo, we stopped by Sticky Fingers Bakery located at 1370 Park Rd. NW, Washington, DC (in the Columbia Heights part of the city). I had read some great reviews of this 100% vegan bakery and eatery, and we were all excited to give it a try.

All of the cupcakes and sweet treats looked delicious. However, we were a bit surprised by the price. Most of the cupcakes were between $3-$4 for a standard sized cupcake. We ordered our cupcakes anyway and took a seat.

My daughter ordered the Red Velvet cupcake. I think the little red heart on top sealed the deal for her. It was a chocolate cupcake (I was expecting more of a rich red color when she bit into it) with a standard white frosting and red heart on top.

"Red Velvet"

My oldest son and I ordered the Cookies and Cake cupcake. This is a chocolate cupcake with cookies and cream frosting, garnished with a piece of an Oreo cookie.

"Cookies and Cake"
Excited about his "Cookies and Cake" cupcake.

My husband had the Peanut Butter Fudge cupcake. He was busy parking the van so I ordered for him. I know my husband well and he is a sucker for peanut butter. To me, this was one of the prettier cupcakes they had. You didn't have to guess what kind of cupcake it was; it was right there in front of you.

"Peanut Butter Fudge"

My in-laws also joined us for dessert and my mother-in-law ordered the Strawberry-Lemonade Whoopie Pie (pictured below) and my father-in-law ordered a salted cookie (picture turned out blurry).

"Strawberry-Lemonade Whoopie Pie"

The cupcakes were mediocre at best. They were very pretty in appearance but also very dry, like they had been sitting out for a couple of days. My family is very used to my homemade vegan cupcakes that the cupcakes at Sticky Fingers Bakery were a bit of a disappointment. The kids did enjoy theirs, but again, they're kids who don't always get a chance to eat a cupcake (I'm strict with the sweets at home).

My mother-in-law did not enjoy the whoopie pie at all, and went back to the counter to order a brownie. My father-in-law and the baby finished it for her though (and said it was good). Perhaps it was personal preference. I don't normally like lemon flavored desserts, so maybe my mother-in-law is the same way.

The brownie had received rave reviews online (I guess this place is locally known for their delicious vegan brownies and the nearby Whole Foods sells them) but we were all left disappointed again. It looked delicious but it was also very dry. I think the baby is the only one who enjoyed it, but I think he'd eat anything made of chocolate and sugar.

The baby, who will eat anything made of sugar.

I was very confused by this experience, considering the great reviews I had read, and really hope that this was just a bad day for them. I did not try any of the other food they offer (they also have lunch and dinner menu items). A woman sitting near us was enjoying a bowl of vegan chili. It looked delicious, but so did the cupcakes. I didn't ask her how she liked it.

I don't like writing bad reviews, especially for 100% vegan restaurants, because they need all of the support they can get. But I do need to be honest. Our overall experience with this restaurant was not great.

We do not live near Washington, DC so it would be awhile before we ever went back and I am still undecided whether or not I'd give this place another chance. If another vegan bakery pops up in DC between now and the next couple of years, I might try them instead. Otherwise, we'll have to see.

This review is from a visit made on September 19, 2015.

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