Junction Bakery: The Best Pastries in Alexandria, VA

Located right on the Avenue in Del Ray, Junction Bakery is an adorable spot with incredible pastries and brunch dishes that will leave you completely and utterly satisfied.  The space is warm and inviting, flooded with light from their giant windows, and it’s the perfect spot to grab lunch with your friends or enjoy a cup of coffee to start the day off right.  Pastry Chef Jonni Scott is the lady in charge, and she’s there from the early – and we mean early – morn creating magic.

junction bakery pastries

We don’t travel to Alexandria often due to traffic, but Chef Jonni’s food is totally worth the drive.  She’s known for her pastries  (especially her croissants and biscuits), but everything she makes is gold!  Start your day off right with a cup of joe and a pastry…or five.  We highly recommend her everything croissant, her valrhona dark chocolate croissant, and her monkey bread.  We got to try a few of her desserts as well, and they were, unsurprisingly, outstanding – standouts included her butterscotch eclair and her quadruple chocolate cookies.

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butterscotch eclair

Her croissants are the epitome of flaky, buttery perfection – just look at how gorgeous this cross section is.  It’s tough to get anything other than her baked goods because they’re THAT outstanding, but the food is just as good.  There’s a lot to choose from, but three of our favorites (two breakfast, one lunch) are as follows:  the California Toast ($9), the Country Biscuit ($9), and the Cubano ($14)

avocado toast with mushrooms

Served on a thick slice of whole wheat bread, the California is topped with avocado puree, roasted mushrooms, snap peas and toasted hazelnuts.  It’s an unlikely combo of flavors, but they all work together really well!  If you’re in the mood for something healthy but delicious, definitely give this toast a try.

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If you want to splurge a bit, go for the Country.  It’s a made-from-scratch cheddar-chive biscuit with breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese, and it’s 100% worth the calories.  Plus, it’s served with a side of fruit so that balances it all out…at least that’s what we tell ourselves, ha.  We haven’t tried any of their other breakfast sandwiches yet, but their Kimchi sounds really interesting!  A brioche roll with roasted pork shoulder, house made kimchi, a fried egg and cilantro-lime mayo?  Yes please.

best cubano

And last but not least, their Cubano:  mojo roasted pork shoulder, sliced roasted herb ham, gruyere cheese, dijon mustard, house pickles, and cilantro-lime mayo on a hoagie roll.   The photo just doesn’t do it justice – it was, hands down, the best Cubano we’ve ever had, and yes, we know that’s a huge compliment.  If you’re in the area, and you’re craving a bamf sandwich, you know where to go!

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So, what do you guys think of Junction Bakery?  What looks yummiest to you?  Definitely let us know your pick by leaving us a comment below, and stay tuned for fresh new content!  We post every Monday and Thursday so make sure you check back.  In the meantime, if you want to browse more VA foodporn, click here.  Happy eating, friends!


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