Two places that have recieved lots of foodie buzz recently are right across the street from each other at 9th and N Sts, NW, right near the Convention Center.
The first is an outright disappointment. Smoked and Stacked serves a pastrami sandwich that is more like the product of a bbq place then a Jewish deli. But the difference is not in its favor. The meat is tough and lean and lacks flavor. It is served on toasted buttery rye that is tastier than the meat and dominates.
At Buttercream Bakery I tried two items, one OK and the other great. OK was a mango-passionfruit bar, which was quite an ordinary effort. The great item was a knockout, though. The 'flakie' is a croissant in the shape of a giant muffin, then filled with a butterscoth choux. (There is also a plain version). The butteriness of the croissant was a fitting tribute to the name of the place, and the cream filling was thankfully light and not too sweet. It's a unique creation, one worth a round of applause.