Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Silver Spring Restaurant Notes

An anonymous reader points out that the new Silver Spring Downtown website ironically features a photo of the recently-shuttered Half Moon Bare-B-Que on their main page as a link to a list of Silver Spring restaurants.

Personally, I wasn't a big fan of the place, or at least of the food. Granted, I only ate there once or twice, but the bar-b-que was just OK, IMO.

I did get a chance to try out the new Taste of Jerusalem restaurant earlier this week. It was kind of dead when I went, but it was at an off-peak time. It is a good sign that a lot of people seem to know about the place, whether they have been there yet or not. A lot of people have independently mentioned the restaurant to me over the past couple weeks. Anyway, my meal (beef shawarma) was good, but not quite as good as the same dish at Lebanese Taverna in Woodley Park. (Of course there is a Lebanese Taverna in Silver Spring as well, but as that is a cafe rather than a full-service restaurant, so a direct comparison isn't fair.) My dining companions raved about the lentil soup. I would recommend Taste of Jerusalem for those seeking a Middle Eastern meal but who don't wish to make the trek into the city. I enjoyed the decor as well- particularly the lamps.

On a side note, the DCist review of ToJ, refers to Silver Spring as "Edge City". Has anyone else heard it called this before, or did they just make it up? I supposed the phrase is just a generic term for a town that literally is on the edge of a major city. "Edge City" is also an imaginary place in the show Smallville as well as the home of Jim Carrey's character in The Mask.


Silver Springer said...

Well, according to Joel Garreau (who first coined the term in the early 90's) a full blown edge city consists of,

1) At least 5 million sq/ft of leasable office space. (Silver Spring has well over that)

2) At least 600,000 square feet of reatail space(Again way more in Silver Spring)

3) An increasing population each weekday morning (It should be primarily a business district not a residential one and at this point I think Silver Spring can claim that)

4) A destination not a through way(That's Silver alright!).

The problem with this term is that Tysons Corner falls into this category as well and we all know Silver Spring is far more urban and unique than Tysons Corner. I prefer the word Urban District.

groovything said...

SS is a hybrid of the suburban and urban. I don't like calling it an edge city either.

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