The lowly slice of bread has become a controversial cultural phenomenon since the "artisanal toast" craze swept San Francisco. Now, fancified carbs can be found in D.C. at Slipstream, which opened on 14th Street NW earlier this week. The coffee and cocktail spot includes a "toasts" section on its daytime menu with three offerings ranging from $4.50 to $6.
Your best bet is the goat cheese mousse and avocado topped toast ($6), but you'll also find a slice slathered in butter mixed with edible marigold flower petals and covered with French radish ($5). There's also a homemade creme fraiche and jam (currently blueberry) for $4.50.
Co-owner Ryan Fleming, who previously lived in San Francisco, says Slipstream worked with Lyon Bakery to create a custom pain levain recipe with a hint of sourdough for the toast. It's baked in a pullman loaf pan and cut into inch-thick slabs.
You can pair your gourmet toast with some equally gourmet coffees roasted by MadCap. The offerings include espresso, drip coffee, cold coffee on tap, coffee flights, and seasonal specialty drinks. Among the coffee varietals is Colombian Wilson Medina, named after the 24-year-old farmer who produces it. It is roasted exclusively for Slipstream.
Another unique drink is the Thai-tasting anise flip with chilled anise tea, Demerara syrup, El Porvenir espresso, and egg white. It's prepared in a cocktail shaker and poured into a coupe glass. By changing up the glassware, Fleming hopes to change the way people look at coffee.
But if you prefer your cocktail glass filled with booze, you'l find actual coffee cocktails on the evening menu.
Check out the full menus below.
Tea and daytime food:
Slipstream, 1333 14th St. NW; slipstreamdc.com
Photos by Jessica Sidman