Washington, DC is the hot spot for New York City bakeries these days, and that trend continues with the latest addition to the DC baking community.

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery has officially brought its brioche doughnuts, brownies, cookies and cheesecakes to the Navy Yard neighborhood in Washington, DC, opening the shop on Wednesday, September 16. Founder Umber Ahmad is an accomplished baker, becoming a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Baker award in 2019.

The bakery’s brioche doughnuts are its shining star. They have been recognized by several major publications, including The New York Times and Grub Street, as some of the best in New York City. They are enhanced by vanilla from Madagascar.

According to the bakery, in Urdu, the word mazedar describes the taste essence of food, its flavor and magic that make it delicious. This one word captures the life of a taste experience, unique to each person but cohesive in its stories. It represents something that one cannot describe but wants to experience over and over again.