First up, Sugar Shack Donuts, now open in Old Town Alexandria.
The pedigree: These guys have two shops in Richmond, where they’ve acquired a cult following.
The scene: Coffee-shop chic—concrete floors, barnwood, chalkboards. Take a look here.
You’re there for... Puffy, yeasty (and often still-warm) donuts. Flavors change all day, but think strawberry frosted and maple-bacon.
Unless you’re... Just here for the coffee. In which case try the cold-brew from an enormous funnel that takes 12 hours to make one batch.
And on to Captain Cookie & the Milkman, now open in the 2000 Penn building in Foggy Bottom.
The pedigree: This comes from the food trucks by the same name.
The scene: A line of cookie enthusiasts snaking under a superhero mural (see it here) and past a quick-serve counter featuring workers in Cookie Monster hats.
You’re there for... A nightcap of the dairy-rich kind (they’re open until 2am on weekends). Like Nutella cookies and ice cream sandwiches.
Unless you’re... Just getting them delivered. They’ll drop off any quantity of cookies for a $10 charge.
They’ll deliver your chocolate milk, too.