Adam Greenberg refers to himself as “the world's pickiest eater,” which may explain Bagels 'n Grinds’ distinctive take on the celebrated baked good. Greenberg’s self-professed culinary perfectionism led him to create a secret 10-step bagel recipe that involves a colossal water-purification system, visible to patrons through a glass wall. With scientific precision and occasional mad-scientist cackles, the newly opened shop's staffers create 16 types of bagels that manage the tricky balance of crisp surfaces and soft insides.
Patrons can smear their bagels with low-fat, housemade cream cheeses infused with ingredients such as strawberries or lox, or opt for one of the café’s other creations, such as Bagnini sandwiches topped with piles of meat or marinated portobello mushrooms. Water from the café's purification system also goes into free-trade organic coffees and three different iced-coffee brews. Custom salads incorporate gourmet ingredients such as hormone-free chicken, candied walnuts, or toasted-parmesan crisps, while six distinctive soups are served in cups or bagel bowls. Non-edible amenities inside the new shop include free Internet access, a semi-private conference area, an 18-foot coffee bar, outdoor patio, and flat-screen TVs.
Collecting thousands of years of tradition under one roof isn't easy, but Ten Ren Tea Time's purveyors have been working on perfecting the ancient art of tea since 1953. Originating in Taiwan, the operation eventually expanded to more than 100 locations across the globe, spreading the gospel of fine teas and their near-endless varieties. While walking among the shelves and displays, visitors can explore varieties of green, white, and herbal teas, as well as tea pot and tea sets, mesh balls, canisters, and little dumbbells for strengthening pinky fingers.
Mad City Coffee's menu greets coffee-breakers and diners with a plethora of soups, salads, and sandwiches to complement coffees batch-roasted in-house. The Powerhouse sandwich ($7.50) karate-kicks hunger in the face with garlic hummus, sprouts, cucumbers, and swiss cheese, and the shrimp-salad sandwich ($8.50) delicately refreshes palates with tender shrimp, mayonnaise, and a hint of Old Bay. Graze through the greenery of one of Mad City Coffee's salads or platters ($4.45–$8.50), or pair up a soup of the day with a lonely sandwich half for a matchmaking special ($8.20–$10). Meanwhile, five daily coffee roasts boost energy ($1.90–$2.45 each), and Happy frappes ($4.75 each) create smiles with house-special espresso and a yogurt base mixed with coffee syrup and knock-knock jokes.
Alive Juices' drinks aren't technically alive. They are, however, brimming with natural enzymes and unaltered nutrients?thanks to the fact that the company presses each freshly before bottling and never pasteurizes. Ayurvedic principles and modern nutritional research come together in eight low-calorie juice blends that strike a balance between savory and semisweet. All are made with garlic, sprouts, ginger, lemon, and apple, but also feature combinations such as beets and kale or red bell pepper and mint. The juice-makers punch up their recipes with a blend of herbs and spices, and use USDA-certified organic produce when possible.
Juices are provided as part of weight-loss programs and full cleanses, and may be used as part of meal-replacement plans that also include fruit and nut snacks rather than just pictures of steaks with Xs drawn over them. To sweeten the arrangement even further, Alive Juices also delivers its packages to customers' homes and offices throughout the DC area.
Kolache Kreations adapts generations-old eastern European recipes to bake up fresh, circular pastry bundles loaded with sweet and savory fillings complemented by a menu of coffee drinks and more. Kolache's Old World wizards start with slightly sweet dough and tuck the tender foundation around scrumptious stuffings of fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, or an infinite series of incrementally smaller kolaches.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.