Monday, August 28, 2006

Bagels, Etc.

- A minor rant: I like to support all the local businesses in Silver Spring, but I went to Mayorga over the weekend and I ended up dropping $2.20 on a single bagel. Mind you, this was with butter, not even cream cheese and it was a mediocre bagel to boot. I doubt a bagel costs that much at Starbucks (or anywhere, for that matter). I think $2.20 for a H&H bagel MIGHT be justified, but that's about it.

Is there a decent bagel available anywhere in Silver Spring? I really, really wish they had a Whatsa Bagel (aka Bethesda Bagel) in Silver Spring. If they were to open up a store here, this would be my approximate reaction.

- The inconvenient CVS in downtown Silver Spring was held up last Wednesday night by a suspect who fled in a "two-door Doge" [sic]. (Perhaps the authorities should look for them in Venice.) A week earlier, some hoodlums knocked off the Four Corners CVS, as well.

- The Silver Spring Jazz Festival kicks off September 9th. Spyro Gyra is headlining.

- Hyattsville is "the new Silver Spring"? They wish.



19 comments:

Silver Springer said...

You should be flattered ;)

baj said...

OH MY GOD! NINTENDO 64!!!!!!!

brentgilroy said...

Mayorga is an interesting place, but I hear more and more agreement that the food is severely lacking on many counts. But they must think they can get by on "small and locally owned" regardless of quality.

Anonymous said...

maybe a starbucks will come into NoPo and create some competition that will force them to improve!!

Anonymous said...

The Jazz Festival is September 9, not August 9

interguru said...

Their food is mediocre, but their coffee is the best in town.

Omari said...

The food in Mayorga is not good at all, and all the food there is very expensive. I go there because it's a nice place to sit, not because the food is any good.

urbannomad said...

Alright I gotta bring up Kefa Cafe espcially since interguru said Mayorga has the best coffee in town. Wrong, wrong, wrong... just kidding. :)
"Great" cofffee is subjective so say the least, but personally I find their espresso a little too bitter for my taste... I prefer Kefa for the "best coffee in town." And Kefa's atmosphere is much better... it's smaller and much more personal... not to mention the two sisters who run it acutally pull your shot and chat with you, can't beat that for atmosphere. Feels much more "neighborhoody" not at all corporate which Mayorga feels a little to me. Plus it's a lot closer for me. Just my 2 cents.

Terry said...

The "inconvenient" CVS, is that the one by the Giant? Good grief, how could someone make a getaway from that shopping center, unless on foot?

Twoste said...

Einstein Bagel. I procure my daily bread there most weekends. Half a dozen and I'm good till dinner.
That sounds kind of gross actually, now that I write it down, since we all know each bagel is equivalent to five slices of bread.
But I love em like Nintendo 64.

Sligo said...

Einstein Bagels are OK, but last time I went there the person behind the counter acted as if it was a huge imposition to hand me a bagel, so that kind of turned me off. Chesapeake Bagels is gone now, right? I guess I'll have to stick to Einstein until something better comes along or Einstein is razed for the new 20-story office building.

Anonymous said...

The Bagel City outpost in Wheaton Plaza--though it feels odd to have a decent deli in a mall, it really is great stuff. Oh, and don't forget Parkway Deli...yum.

thecourtyard said...

I've been saying Hyattsville is the new Silver Spring for a long time. It makes sense for people who don't want/can't afford to live in Silver Spring. The University Town Center development is going to be a boon for the area - especially due to College Park. I'm looking forward to it.

Sligo said...

Fair enough, but I don't understand what you mean when you say "don't want to live in Silver Spring"... who WOULDN'T want to live in Silver Spring!

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Yes, Chesapeake Bagel is gone. A very nice family has turned it into a cafe. The bagels are store bought, but most everything else I've tried there has been good.

Hyattsville has been on the cusp for years now. It's nice to see the "pioneers, the art places and that brew pub, being joined by other businesses. There's an old restaurant in Hyattsville that my parents used to take me to when I was little and they patronized for years before. I should google it, but I think it's called Lee's. I went there a couple of years back and it's pretty much as I recall. Good Maryland-style home cooking and the prices are great. I need to get back over there.

thecourtyard said...

I meant the people who think Silver Spring has gotten too "yuppified" and what something a bit more "gritty." Otherwise: you're right. People moving to Hyattsville like Silver Spring but might not be able to get it.

Anonymous said...

I'm always leery of ordering food at Maoyorga because it takes forever to actually get it.

Sarah said...

Hm, I think the food at Mayorga's pretty good. Try the chicken salad sandwich. And the cheesecake's not bad either.

The day Chesapeake Bagel Bakery closed was truly a sad one in my life! I used to go there so often, I'd just walk in and they'd start making my usual order. I'm no fan of Einstein's, but what about the Bagelry in Colesville on Vital Way? Verry good (although still no Chesapeake...)

spicebush said...

As a transplanted New Yorker, I despair of bagels in Silver Spring. Einstein's, pah! That's just bread. I'm especially disappointed in the Parkway Deli, whose bagels are a 5 out of 10, and would be sneezed on in the Bronx. No, for good bagels, I walk to Bethesda. It takes an hour, but it's worth it.