The quickest way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, whose tollbooths prevent one from sneaking by without paying the proper fee in baked goods. Appease hungry highway guards with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of baked goods and café fare at Social Bakehouse Cafe in Arlington.
Taste buds watch in rapture as troupes of sweet bakery treats and savory sandwiches dance across the palate in a dualistic ballet of flavor. Gourmet red-velvet cupcakes ($2.75) roll out the silken carpet for a cavalcade of cookies ($1–$1.25) stepping out from luxury ovens to blow peanut-butter and dipped-chocolate kisses to their fans. A flower-laced array of petit fours brings pastels back into fashion, accessorizing their cream-cheese pound cake or chocolate cake interiors with one of two glazes and fillings. Nine-inch pies loaded with pecans ($17.50), apples ($16.50), or creamy chocolate meringue ($16.50) can be shared between six or catapulted into the face of a clown dining in solitude at a nearby table.
The café menu’s dizzying array of savory fare gives sweet teeth a breather while molars step into the ring with double-decker club sandwiches ($7.59) or spicy buffalo chicken wraps ($7.39). Between bites, a lineup of organic tea and Lavazza coffee beverages books mug-bound passages to exotic lands or exclusive bohemian hangouts.
Social Bakehouse Cafe
There’s a big difference between the muffins you pluck from the grocery shelf and those you choose from the counter at Social Bakehouse Cafe. That’s because the in-house bakers wake up early every morning in order to have fluffy cupcakes, flaky scones, and gooey cinnamon rolls freshly made just as customers begin flocking to the shop’s counters.
The pastry chefs liberally wield frosting guns over sweets, applying sugary flowers to the borders of custom cakes and creating seasonal designs on cookies and pumpkins trying to expand their resumés. Once the bakery rush subsides, chefs turn their attention to lunch dishes, such as mandarin chicken wraps and spinach salads drizzled with house-made dressing.