If you’re tired of your usual bacon, egg and cheese, switch up your first of meal of the day with breakfast tacos from the newly opened specialty market and cafe fusion, Baker’s Daughter.
Chef Matt Baker, the mastermind behind the Michelin-award winning Gravitas restaurant in Northeast D.C., owns the joint, which opened at its Chinatown location at 675 I St. Monday. Although you won’t find four-course meals at Baker’s Daughter, you can still expect to savor gourmet and locally-sourced ingredients in the grab-and-go drinks and bites at the cafe’s two locations.
The storefront resembles a regular coffee shop with a large board displaying the drink menu behind the barista bar, and a grab-and-go fridge is positioned against the opposite wall. There is little room inside for customers to sit and enjoy their meals, so it’s not an ideal spot to buckle down and get work done or lounge with friends.
If you’d rather have your food delivered, Baker’s Daughter offers several different platforms to order from, like UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Tock and Skip the Line. You can also place an order ahead of time for pick-up using the Toast app or website.
Like any cafe, you’ll find your usual selection of coffee customizable to your taste, including drinks like cappuccinos ($5), macchiatos ($4) and drip coffee ($3). If you’d rather enjoy something cold and refreshing to beat the summer heat, Baker’s Daughter also offers a variety of cold-pressed juices like the watermelon and lime “Dragon’s Elixir” or a pear, root vegetable and lemon “Violeta” (both $7).
Baker’s Daughter’s food menu stands out among other cafes with a long list of sweet and savory breakfast, lunch and dinner options to choose from. In addition to several homemade pastries for its all-day breakfast, guests can also choose from heavier and more filling options than pastries, like a short rib breakfast bowl served with a poached egg ($18). Lunch and dinner options are primarily sandwiches like a crispy falafel burger ($12), but you can also find dishes like a Korean barbecue salmon bowl ($21).
I chose the chorizo breakfast tacos ($9) as a hearty breakfast before work. Contrary to the name, the tacos resembled small burritos, rolled up tight and bigger than an average street taco.
The tacos were perfectly stuffed, not underfilled to the point where I’d only taste tortilla but not so overfilled that the contents spilled out with every bite. The flour tortilla was lightly toasted for a fluffy and warm interior and crunchy exterior.
The gooey, stringy cheese complimented the buttery, salty eggs and spicy chorizo sausage inside. The salsa verde was refreshingly zingy, but I was almost out of sauce by the time I dipped my burrito a second time.
What I appreciated most about my meal was the price. For just $9, I enjoyed two tacos bigger and cheaper than most breakfast burritos in this city.
For a quick, cheap and delicious bite when you’re on the run, stop by Baker’s Daughter either in Chinatown or Ivy City.