Oddfellows Cafe

Is Oddfellows a late-night hipster lounge? A casual lunch spot? A happy-hour standby? The answer is D, all of the above. Plus, oddly enough, it’s a bakery.

Founded in 2008, the Oddfellows Cafe caters to the hip, trendy, young residents of Capitol Hill.  Although I always found the food to be a tad bit overpriced, I have no such conceptions about the bakery, which is overseen by the daughter of the woman who founded The Essential Baking Company.  I happened to swing by on a whim – I was looking for a lunch, but also craving sweets (as usual), and thought I’d stop by and see what my options were at Oddfellows.  And, luckily for me, I found the perfect answer to my lunch problem: a peanut butter and jelly cupcake.

Fairly simple in its conception, but I have to admit I’ve never had anything quite like it. Vanilla cake, peanut butter frosting, and a jelly filling. Ingenious!  And really, the perfect snack if you ask me. Then again, I’ve always been a huge fan of PB&J.  I also got the barista to recommend her favorite cookie: the Charlie Brown.

Lovely flavor and texture: very rich cocoa taste, not overly chewy, not too salty or too sweet. But I still would choose the PBJ cupcake any day… you just don’t come across creativity like that very often!

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