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  1. I'm heading to Montreal this spring with my family (wife and two kids under 9). Does anyone have any recommendations for eating with the family? I have Schwartz's for smoked mean and St. Viateur for bagels on my list already. Thanks!
  2. I had the same exact feeling when I tried their donuts a while back...meh. Both the Alexandria and DC location. Maybe if you go first thing the morning they are fresher, and might taste better?
  3. I too had a love/hate relationship with Taylor, but will miss them for sure. It seemed like they couldn't get out of their own way. The pork sandwich was great, then they took it away. The bread lie was annoying. Then they started significantly scaling back the chicken cutlet and cold cut menu to the point that there were only a few options for each. I never understood adding mediocre cheesesteaks and burgers. Oh well.
  4. I can't speak to the teen population, but the SweetGreen is jam-packed at lunch; largely 20s crowd. While I'm off topic, though there is no Nordstrom Cafe at Galleria, I recall seeing some sort of cafe in the Neiman Marcus (as I was walking through, of course).
  5. I came here to post that I stopped going when the French dip went up to $19; $22 is absurd. It is a good sandwich and comes with a side if I recall, but not even that big of a sandwich. Jeez. A few vegetarian friends claim they have the best veggie burger, if you're into that.
  6. Part of me wants to be upset about this, but I just don't feel it. I have never been to Rose's, mostly because I have no desire to arrange for a sitter and then wait in line for a chance to have dinner there. Potentially being able to pay someone to hold a place in line has me intrigued, but I have to wonder what is the going rate for these people? Now, can I raise a practical question...are we going to do Stonehenge tomorrow?
  7. Any recent opinions on Metro 29 Diner? Need a kid-friendly breakfast/lunch option in Arlington in a couple weeks, and I seem to be leaning this way.
  8. Does anyone know if this place is still around, I can't remember seeing it in ages. Side note: what ever happened to those little "On the Fly" carts...they seemed to disappear as the food truck revolution began.
  9. When the Bethesda store was in operation, they had pretty good coupons all the time. You've probably done this, but try their mailing list?
  10. Don - On the first question, I think you have it placed correctly. On the second question, maybe the coffee experts can weigh-in. Is there any way it can exist in both spaces, or is that a PITA?
  11. We probably go to Olazzo 3-4 times a year, plus carryout every now and then. I believe the dish Pool Boy referenced is called Chicken Cardinale and he is completely right about that chicken, not great. HOWEVAH, I order that dish about half the time we go (and my wife gets it the other half of the time). There is nothing particularly unique or inspiring about the "pink" sauce that comes with that dish, but darn if it isn't addictive. When I have ventured away from the Chicken Cardinale, I opt for the Chicken Milanese. Interesting enough, I like the chicken that comes with this dish (pounded thin and lightly fried) but the pasta with a cream sauce is usually just ok. Overall, I like Olazzo, period. The numerous mediocre/expensive competitors in Bethesda heightens the stature of Olazzo, fair or unfair.
  12. I hope they do well, and maybe learn from Fractured Prune, which seemed to expand rapidly in the area with mediocre results. I've had their donuts in Duck, NC a few times. Hard to beat a hot donut rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
  13. In Bethesda, I have had good luck with Luke's in the Bethesda Row alley.
  14. Those chicken pot pie fritters were (and probably still are) pretty darn great. If I stop by again, that will be a major driving factor. I do wish they would try a few more things with the menu. The handful of times we went, I don't recall any specials, and the menu today appears almost exactly the same as ever...but maybe that is the diner idea. They don't seem to be losing any business over it either.
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