Doughnut hole in Loudoun
The Fractured Prune doughnut shop in Leesburg, Virginia, will close this weekend after two years of business, the shop announced. The Loudoun County location, the Maryland-based chain’s only foothold in Virginia, will shut down Sunday, September 1. Known for dense, cake-like doughnuts in funky flavors like banana cream pie and French toast, Fractured Prune opened its original store in Ocean City, Maryland, in 1976, has become a mainstay in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and has spawned franchises as far west as Glendale Arizona. A Fractured Prune food struck will continue to operate in Northern Virginia. The closest local shop is in Frederick, Maryland.
The popular vegetarian tacos at Chaia just got upgraded tortillas. Co-owner Bettina Stern tells Eater that the company just started sourcing Oaxacan masa flour from Masienda, a growing purveyor that supports small farms in Mexico that grow heirloom varieties of corn. In addition to its original counter in Georgetown, Chaia opened a second location near Mount Vernon Triangle in January.
Another mutant croissant
This summer, the lobby coffee bar inside the Line hotel in Adams Morgan started selling a “cretzel,” a mash-up of a croissant and a pretzel that comes in sweet and savory flavors like a Frenchified Auntie Anne’s. DCist has the story on how A Rake’s Progress pasty chef Alicia Wang created the pastry with a pretzel-like crust and a forgiving, layered interior. [DCist]
Ballston will host a mac and cheese festival next month with more than 30 variations of the comfort food from local restaurants such as Neopol Smokery. [Northern Virginia Magazine]