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Eater's Last-Minute King Cake Guide

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There's no guarantee of being the lucky person who gets the king cake slice with the plastic baby hidden inside. But to get that slice, one has to score a king cake first — and it's getting down to the wire because Fat Tuesday is tomorrow. Here are some bakeries and restaurants around D.C. that are offering king cakes, including two unique variations: a vegan king cake and king cake-themed donuts.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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

Through tomorrow, Pearl Dive pastry chef Carri-anne Hamer will serve plated King Cakes in the dining room. The individually-sized bundt cakes are $8 and one cake every day will have a baby hidden inside, which will be redeemable for a $25 Pearl Dive gift certificate.

2. Buzz Bakery

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300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 524-4989
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Tomorrow, on Fat Tuesday, pick up special kings cake doughnuts with cinnamon glaze and Mardi Gras sugar at all three locations of Buzz Bakery and GBD too.

3. Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

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2150 N Culpeper St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-8394
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King cakes are available at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington through Mardi Gras.

4. Sticky Fingers Bakery

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1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 299-9700
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Pre-orders are currently available for king cake at Sticky Fingers. The cakes will be ready on February 17 and 18.

5. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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It's too late to order a king cake from Bayou Bakery, but try your luck and call this afternoon and evening to see if anyone canceled or isn't picking up their order. Bayou Bakery's king cake made it to the championship round of Southern Living's Ultimate King Cake Faceoff.

6. Best Buns Bread Company

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4010 28th St S
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 578-1500
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Best Buns Bread Company will have king cake available today and tomorrow. It is $14.75 before tax.

1. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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

Through tomorrow, Pearl Dive pastry chef Carri-anne Hamer will serve plated King Cakes in the dining room. The individually-sized bundt cakes are $8 and one cake every day will have a baby hidden inside, which will be redeemable for a $25 Pearl Dive gift certificate.

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

2. Buzz Bakery

300 Tingey St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Tomorrow, on Fat Tuesday, pick up special kings cake doughnuts with cinnamon glaze and Mardi Gras sugar at all three locations of Buzz Bakery and GBD too.

300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

2150 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA 22207

King cakes are available at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington through Mardi Gras.

2150 N Culpeper St
Arlington, VA 22207

4. Sticky Fingers Bakery

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

Pre-orders are currently available for king cake at Sticky Fingers. The cakes will be ready on February 17 and 18.

1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

5. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201

It's too late to order a king cake from Bayou Bakery, but try your luck and call this afternoon and evening to see if anyone canceled or isn't picking up their order. Bayou Bakery's king cake made it to the championship round of Southern Living's Ultimate King Cake Faceoff.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

6. Best Buns Bread Company

4010 28th St S, Arlington, VA 22206

Best Buns Bread Company will have king cake available today and tomorrow. It is $14.75 before tax.

4010 28th St S
Arlington, VA 22206

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