Image: Salami Sandwich
Last Updated: November 2021
Current Status: D.C. location open for take-out. Very limited seating. Maryland locations have more tables.
Overview: Fresh Baguette started in Maryland with spots now in Bethesda and Rockville. A couple years ago they planted a flag in Georgetown. As the name implies it is French-style bakery big on bread and croissants. They also have Viennese pastries, sandwiches, and tartines. There are two traditional baguette sandwiches of ham or salami, both served with butter. Its in-house creation is a “cro-gel” that is croissant bread shaped into a round form like a bagel and then cut for sandwiches. The croissants come in many variations beyond the classic plain or chocolate. The have a few drinks, including Peet’s coffee – no alcohol.
It is all very good. Good enough to pick up a bunch for the office, or to be a reward for a walk up the hill from Georgetown.
Georgetown: 1737 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Bethesda: 4919 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Rockville: 804 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
Washington Post: No coverage, but there is this great article by Tim Carman when he was at the WCP and sat in as a judge in a best baguette competition.
Washingtonian: Won a best baguette (audience selection) contest at the French Embassy. Bread Furst took the jury prize.
Eater DC: Best bread bakeries.
Local MD coverage from the 2013 opening. The owner was a naval attaché at the French Embassy. Returned to France where he owned a company that made bakery equipment. Then came back. It sounds like there a rom-com movie floating somewhere in that story.