Monday, January 16, 2012
A breath of fresh bakery air: LeoNora
LeoNora Bakery dazzles with the founder's earnest and successful dedication to the fine art of French bread and pastry making. The baguette is the closest to a traditional Parisian that B and I have found in DC--with LeoNora's opening, Patisserie Poupon is now a runner-up on this count. The gluttonous, buttery pastries, at about $2.50 a piece, are also finger-licking good--the chocolate croissant is flaky with a rich, decadent filling. The "croissant muffin" is similar to a very tender brioche, but has the mouth-feel of a buttery cloud.
Perhaps my favorite part about this new bakery is the lack of pretense. The no-frills storefront occupies one of the few remaining drab storefronts in Clarendon. But the attention is 100% on the craft of bread and pastry making. Unlike so many new neighborhood offerings, LeoNora is not a scene, but rather a breath of pastry-scented fresh air!