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By David Cawthon
As a child, Joe Reid first got the baking bug when his great aunt gave him a subscription to Bon Appétit, and he decided to bake the most intricate recipes.
More than forty years later, the St. Louis native owns Joe’s Bakery and Delicatessen in Washington, and you can sample some of his best confections. We recommend the chocolate gooey butter cupcake, inspired by the regional cuisine of gooey butter and the national cupcake craze. However, you can’t go wrong with the carrot cake with cream cheese icing, the coconut cream pies with made-from-scratch crust, the shortcake glazed with caramelized pecans, or almost any other treat.
Along with dessert, Joe also serves tasty sandwiches, like the chicken artichoke toma- to-wrap and the heaping open-faced pastrami sandwich.