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R. Lopez

These Elaborate Bread Baskets Are Worth the Calories

Baguettes, popovers, corn bread and more, served with rich, creamy butter.

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It's common for restaurant meals to begin with a hearty bread basket. Too frequently though, bread baskets seem like an afterthought — a pile of empty, flavorless calories. But when done right, good bread can be a highlight of a meal and turn a restaurant into a must-hit spot.

Think crusty, airy baguettes with butter or warm, puffy pita accompanied by oil and vinegar for dipping. Here are some of the best bread and butter offerings being served up in the D.C. area.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 638-0800
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Meals at Jose Andres' Greek spot come with complimentary orders of hot, puffy, soft pita. It's great with the house olive oil and pomegranate vinegar or with a traditional spread like hommus or tzatziki.

2. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Sourdough baguette is the star here, complete with a crusty, flaky exterior. It's served alongside two other types of bread — a cranberry walnut boule and a rustic rye wheat boule. Enjoy all three with the rich, creamy butter.

3. Ambar

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523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 813-3039
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Consider ordering the $6 bread basket, which comes with a choice of the pita-like lepinja, fried sourdough or a mix of both. It's served with a selection of three traditional Balkan spreads.

4. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612
The rolls and cornbread here are the perfect partners to Pearl Dive's Louisiana sensibility. The first order is free, and refills are $3. [Photo: Yelp/Norry H.]

5. Birch & Barley

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1337 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 567-2576
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Diners here are treated to a board of three kinds of breads, including pretzel rolls, served with butter and beer mustard.

6. Rasika

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633 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 637-1222
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Diners at this acclaimed Indian restaurant can order naan a la carte for $3 an order or opt for an $8 basket with three bread varieties including onion and sage naan and mint paratha.

7. Rose's Luxury

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717 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 580-8889
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Waiting in line should work up an appetite for Rose's complimentary homemade challah bread loaf, sprinkled with sesame seeds and served warm with honey butter.

8. Del Campo

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777 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Everything at Chef Victor Albisu's upscale Argentinian restaurant has an element of smoke, and the pre-meal bread is no different. It's served in a cast-iron skillet alongside smoked olive oil.

9. Vidalia

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1990 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 659-1990
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This Southern-inspired bread basket comes with a selection of cornbread, onion foccacia and buttery rolls with jam and butter.

10. Acadiana

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901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-8848
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Diners rave about Acadiana's complimentary — and indulgent — biscuits with pepper jelly.

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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740 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 489-0140
This swanky seafood and steak spot serves up a free basket brimming with a variety of breads such as bialy, pumpernickel and pretzel sticks.

12. Range

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 803-8020
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The $12 baker's basket comes with a mix of breads and spreads from the bakery section of this restaurants vast menu. Expect things like cheddar chive biscuits and ciabatta with garlic and olive oil.

13. Bombay Club

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815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 659-3727
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Choose from a selection of a la carte naan and roti, such as the garlic or truffle naan. Or, purchase a basket of assorted breads for $9.

14. Lupo Verde

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1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 827-4726
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This buzzy Italian spot starts diners off with a gratis basket filled with homemade goods like tomato and rosemary focaccia, bread sticks and walnut and raisin bread.

15. BLT Steak

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1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Meals at this steakhouse start with a free order of hot, cheesy, fluffy popovers served with fresh butter and salt. The popular treats come with their own recipe card.

16. City Perch Kitchen + Bar

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11830 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 231-2310
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Chef Sherry Yard was known for her pastry prowess before taking the helm at City Perch. Find cornbread and biscuits among the offerings.

1. Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Meals at Jose Andres' Greek spot come with complimentary orders of hot, puffy, soft pita. It's great with the house olive oil and pomegranate vinegar or with a traditional spread like hommus or tzatziki.
701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Sourdough baguette is the star here, complete with a crusty, flaky exterior. It's served alongside two other types of bread — a cranberry walnut boule and a rustic rye wheat boule. Enjoy all three with the rich, creamy butter.
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Ambar

523 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Consider ordering the $6 bread basket, which comes with a choice of the pita-like lepinja, fried sourdough or a mix of both. It's served with a selection of three traditional Balkan spreads.
523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

4. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
The rolls and cornbread here are the perfect partners to Pearl Dive's Louisiana sensibility. The first order is free, and refills are $3. [Photo: Yelp/Norry H.]
1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

5. Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Diners here are treated to a board of three kinds of breads, including pretzel rolls, served with butter and beer mustard.
1337 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

6. Rasika

633 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Diners at this acclaimed Indian restaurant can order naan a la carte for $3 an order or opt for an $8 basket with three bread varieties including onion and sage naan and mint paratha.
633 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. Rose's Luxury

717 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Waiting in line should work up an appetite for Rose's complimentary homemade challah bread loaf, sprinkled with sesame seeds and served warm with honey butter.
717 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

8. Del Campo

777 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Everything at Chef Victor Albisu's upscale Argentinian restaurant has an element of smoke, and the pre-meal bread is no different. It's served in a cast-iron skillet alongside smoked olive oil.
777 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Vidalia

1990 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
This Southern-inspired bread basket comes with a selection of cornbread, onion foccacia and buttery rolls with jam and butter.
1990 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

10. Acadiana

901 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Diners rave about Acadiana's complimentary — and indulgent — biscuits with pepper jelly.
901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

740 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
This swanky seafood and steak spot serves up a free basket brimming with a variety of breads such as bialy, pumpernickel and pretzel sticks.
740 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

12. Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
The $12 baker's basket comes with a mix of breads and spreads from the bakery section of this restaurants vast menu. Expect things like cheddar chive biscuits and ciabatta with garlic and olive oil.
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

13. Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Choose from a selection of a la carte naan and roti, such as the garlic or truffle naan. Or, purchase a basket of assorted breads for $9.
815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

14. Lupo Verde

1401 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
This buzzy Italian spot starts diners off with a gratis basket filled with homemade goods like tomato and rosemary focaccia, bread sticks and walnut and raisin bread.
1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

15. BLT Steak

1625 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Meals at this steakhouse start with a free order of hot, cheesy, fluffy popovers served with fresh butter and salt. The popular treats come with their own recipe card.
1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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16. City Perch Kitchen + Bar

11830 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Chef Sherry Yard was known for her pastry prowess before taking the helm at City Perch. Find cornbread and biscuits among the offerings.
11830 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

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