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Where to Eat King Cake in D.C. — But Don't Choke on the Baby

Be careful when eating these annual Fat Tuesday treats.

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Mardi Gras comes a little early this year. Right after everyone recovers from Super Bowl hangovers, it will be right around the corner, and Tuesday, Feb. 9 will be a time to chill a few more cases of beer, attempt to make gumbo, and dig those plastic purple beads out of storage. But like any Cajun or Cajun-lover will attest, no Fat Tuesday celebration is complete without a king cake — a traditionally round cake that sometimes has a filling and is topped with sugar icing and yellow, green, and purple sprinkles. Inside: a potential choking hazard for a prize, usually a tiny plastic baby.

Here are nine places around town getting in on the King Cake action. Some are actually making traditional king cakes, but others are just taking inspiration from the king cake and making other desserts, from donuts to kolaches.

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1. Acadiana

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901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-8848
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At this Cajun restaurant, the prix fixe Mardi Gras menu is $45 and comes with classic Louisiana dishes, including rabbit étouffée and oyster pan roast. To finish the meal: king cake donuts.

2. Baked & Wired

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1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-2500
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Starting February 1, the Georgetown bakery will be taking orders for king cakes. But the bakery needs at least 48 hours notice to get that order filled.

3. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

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901 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Voted one of the best king cakes in the country, David Guas and his team are selling their famous king cakes at both Bayou Bakery locations — the other is in Courthouse. For those looking for the famous cakes, here's how to pre-order.

4. Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

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2150 N Culpeper St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 677-8809
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This Arlington bakery has king cakes for less than $10. And that price even includes the plastic baby.

5. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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While not the same as a what everyone considers a king cake, Le Diplomate is serving a Galette de Rois for Mardi Gras. And instead of a plastic baby that's a chocking hazard, there's a bean instead. Time is running out to enjoy them since they are only available until January 31. Call the restaurant to order.

6. McClellan's Retreat

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2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-6270
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With Sazaracs and Hurricane Punch, McClellan’s Retreat will have joie de vivre on Mardi Gras. And to absorb all that alcohol, there will be slices of king cake until the last slice is gone.

7. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612

For $30, people can get a Mardi Gras king cake for to their homes. Orders must be in by February 5 and pick up is available from February 6-9.

8. Republic Kolache

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917 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 758-3562
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In partnership with David Guas of Bayou Bakery, the Republic Kolache, which pops up at American Ice Company Saturdays, will be serving up king cake kolaches through the weekend of February 6. And the lucky eater who finds the baby can score a free kolache.

9. Sticky Fingers Bakery

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1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 299-9700
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For vegans who want to be part of Fat Tuesday celebrations, Sticky Fingers has king cakes available for pre-order with pick up on February 7, 9, and 10.

1. Acadiana

901 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

At this Cajun restaurant, the prix fixe Mardi Gras menu is $45 and comes with classic Louisiana dishes, including rabbit étouffée and oyster pan roast. To finish the meal: king cake donuts.

901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Starting February 1, the Georgetown bakery will be taking orders for king cakes. But the bakery needs at least 48 hours notice to get that order filled.

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

3. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

901 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Voted one of the best king cakes in the country, David Guas and his team are selling their famous king cakes at both Bayou Bakery locations — the other is in Courthouse. For those looking for the famous cakes, here's how to pre-order.

901 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

4. Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

2150 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA 22207

This Arlington bakery has king cakes for less than $10. And that price even includes the plastic baby.

2150 N Culpeper St
Arlington, VA 22207

5. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

While not the same as a what everyone considers a king cake, Le Diplomate is serving a Galette de Rois for Mardi Gras. And instead of a plastic baby that's a chocking hazard, there's a bean instead. Time is running out to enjoy them since they are only available until January 31. Call the restaurant to order.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. McClellan's Retreat

2031 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

With Sazaracs and Hurricane Punch, McClellan’s Retreat will have joie de vivre on Mardi Gras. And to absorb all that alcohol, there will be slices of king cake until the last slice is gone.

2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

For $30, people can get a Mardi Gras king cake for to their homes. Orders must be in by February 5 and pick up is available from February 6-9.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

8. Republic Kolache

917 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

In partnership with David Guas of Bayou Bakery, the Republic Kolache, which pops up at American Ice Company Saturdays, will be serving up king cake kolaches through the weekend of February 6. And the lucky eater who finds the baby can score a free kolache.

917 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Sticky Fingers Bakery

1370 Park Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

For vegans who want to be part of Fat Tuesday celebrations, Sticky Fingers has king cakes available for pre-order with pick up on February 7, 9, and 10.

1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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