Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A Silver Spring Wish List

I was recently ruminating on all the things I've expressed a desire for in Silver Spring over the past couple years and realized to my dismay that nearly none my requests have been fulfilled. Here's a categorized recap (because it's easier than a real post) of many of things I have coveted, with a few comments.

Were I mayor of Silver Spring, I promise this would all come to fruition. I'll even become homeless if that's what it takes to ascend to the office.

Food:
Great bagels - I would seriously consider opening a bagelry in Silver Spring with someone who knows how to make bagels.
A proper sports bar
Julia's Empanadas - This would be like printing money.
Gelato
Roy MF'N Rogers - I love that my GPS allows me to input "Roy Rogers" and locate the nearest location whenever I am up Frederick way.
Taste of Silver Spring - Even the hippies in Takoma Park get one of these. I think this would be a lot more successful than restaurant week.
Better Supermarkets - Seriously, the Kensington Safeway is taunting us with its greatness. Look at this for goodness sake! It's so adorable, I'd almost feel ingesting it.

Shopping:
A Flea Market - I want to get this started this up again. Who do I talk to? Going to Arlington or Eastern Market is annoying.
Better Retail - Especially for those of us with the XY chromosome.
City Place to not suck
A CVS (on the north side of Georgia Ave.)

Entertainment:
Mini-golf
Rock Band Night - Anyone want to be a sponsor?
A giant "Holiday" tree and/or Festivus pole outside the Civic Center
First Night (No, not this kind.)

Miscellaneous:
Old school streetcars
An R2-D2 mailbox... or more mailboxes in general
A proper mascot
AFI Walk of Fame - Apparently as of a couple days ago, this was still in the works.

Completely Unrealistic Crap:
A skyscraper



38 comments:

b said...

You should really run the Silver FU Virginia Tower by Bruce Lee. Of all your past posts, that is the one I remember best. We could relocate the "turf" on the observation deck & drive golf balls to the DC border.

Robert said...

A little off subject but, http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/artsfun/afterhours/6853.html

Baby Mama said...

Have you tried the Gelato at Kefa?

Sligo said...

Kefa = not open at night so it doesn't qualify. I also want a dedicated gelato place.

Springvale Roader said...

Ixnay on the Roy Rogers or other fast food dumps, unless they're inside the City Place wasteland.

However, I would love to have a CVS, preferably in the Whole Foods lot where the new clothing store is which took over IA, Etc. When that store fails, and it will, how about a store people will actually use?

Incorrigible Curmudgeon said...

Id like to see a decent pizza palace in Silver Spring, say an Armand's in downtown, or a California Pizza Kitchen, or a Bertucci's, even a Pizzeria Uno's.

Anonymous said...

Do not be fooled by the Kensington Safeway. Maybe the produce is better, but you can't really tell in the dimly lit produce section--do I really need mood lighting for buying kale? It's also impossible to navigate a cart around the myriad little islands of grapes or yogurt or whatever. And I still can't find my Morningstar veggie mini-corn dogs. Grr.

Sligo said...

If you think that's bad, the frakkin' Old Georgetown Rd. Giant (near my office) has been out of Mini Moos for MONTHS. The space where they go sits empty, so I presume they still carry them.

silver spring penguin said...

Incorrigible Curmudgeon said:

"Id like to see a decent pizza palace in Silver Spring, say an Armand's in downtown, or a California Pizza Kitchen, or a Bertucci's, even a Pizzeria Uno's."

Does anyone know what became of that Chicago-style pizzeria that was supposed to open on Georgia Ave in Montgomery Hills (next to Inka Chicken)?

Sligo said...

That's a damn good question. The sign's been up there forever. They had a fire in their other location, so maybe that slowed their expansion plans.

Thayer Avenue said...

Must have Roy Rogers. Where else are you going to get a holster of fries??

nikki said...

I would give anything to for a Dunkin' Donuts. It would be a goldmine in DTSS. Anyone want to open one? How about in the space on Fenton occupied by Jerry's up until two weeks ago???

Sligo said...

WHOA WHOA WHOA!!! That Jerry's is gone??? So many memories...

Anonymous said...

Somethings going on with the Four Corner's Jerry's too. Some ice cream store is going in. I don't know if that means Jerry's is closing or not since the counter and decor remains untouched.

nikki said...

Jerry's is closed. They have already started gutting the place. Where am I gonna get my coffee in the mornings two steps from my building?????

Anonymous said...

YES!!! To Roy Rogers. They have the BEST Trigger burgers this side of France.

Anonymous said...

And oh, one other thing, there once was a Dunkin Ds next to Kirsten's on Georgia Ave in Mo Hills. It closed, and like a cancer, Kirsten invaded the space.

bonifant more sinister than thayer said...

When the Fractured Prune opens next to Whole Foods, no one will ever think again of the Dunk.

I want a Five Guys. Yes, I know there is one up near 29 and Cherry Hill,but that's not real Silver Spring. (regardless of what JUTP says)

Sligo said...

Can we swap the Fuddrucker's for Five Guys? I've still never been in the former.

b said...

The best burger in SS is still (in my opinion) at the Quarry House. Monday nights are 1/2 price burger night, and you can get it as rare as you want. The Fud. cooks everything well done regardless of how you order it. And at the Quarry House you can always get something exotic on tap to wash it down. It has to be the only place that serves burgers with tater tots and has 30 year old, single malt scotch for $100 a shot!

Thayer Avenue said...

All hail the Quarry House tater tots. But I have to say that the baskets of burgers and onion rings seemed better before Jackie took over at QH. Not sure what it is.

And Fractured Prune will be good, but they don't have the coffee and menu diversity of Double D.

silver spring penguin said...

I'd prefer a Krispy Kreme assembly line. Oh, to be a deep-fried donut passing through a veil of sugary glaze!

Have all of Jerry's outposts closed for good? Their cheesesteak sandwiches were tasty in a disgusting way (or disgusting in a tasty way).

Springvale Roader said...

What's a Five Guys?

B, have you actually tried the $100 a shot scotch? To me, you'd really have to be into the zen of drinking that shot, because you can buy yourself an entire bottle of really good scotch for that price.

Hmmm. That shot is obviously meant for the Elliot Spitzers of this world -- you know, guys with way too much money to burn.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so a few questions and thoughts for folks out there:
1. Anyone know what's going to replace Jerry's?
2. Ditto the formerly burned out building across from Discovery on Colesville.
3. Anyone tried the new wine bar cellar thingy at Mrs K's?
4. Are we ever going to get a Gifford's ice-cream store in Silver Spring? Christ on a mountain bike, they're a damn good SS company with stores in Bethesda and the new Nats ball park, but why, for the love of god, no store here in their hometown? The only place in town I can find their product is Snyders.
5. Any more word on the re-tenanting of Sh**ty Place Mall? I never know whether to laugh or cry every time I go in that place, its just so bad and yet has so much potential. We just don't need that many cell phone stores and cheap-ass "jewelry" kiosks.
6. Can we please get a worthwhile stationery/cardstore in SS. I'm tired of going all the way to DC to buy a tasteful card. And no, the selection at the grocery stores doesn't cut it! And the one in the mall is strictly from hunger.

Anonymous said...

Another retail question - what do Border's financial troubles (shares way down, possible sale contemplated)mean for DTSS? Pretty bad scene if Border's shuts down.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. K's new wine cellar ROCKS. I went there for their "pre-opening" party and was blown away by what a remarkable job they did with that space. You feel like you have been transported to old Europe. And I don't mean the Epcot looking old Europe...I mean they hired fine craftman and spent the money on high quality new materials and re-used old materials so you feel as if you've stepped back in time. They have a wonderful long bar you can hang out at forever as well as lots of little tables around. I hope they do something similar with the upstairs which has always looked kind of cheezy.

That's my two cents.

b said...

Springvale Roader... $100 a shot is to rich for my blood. I work for Uncle Sugar, but I don't make thet much. Nick the bar tender got to try a sip from the guy who bought a shot and said that it was good, but prefered the Mcallans 25 year old which is still over my budget. Nich knows his beer though, and I trust his recomendations when they get new Belgium ales in. I was just pointing out that The Quarry House goes from tater tots to $100 dollar shots. They now have about 180 whiskeys & PBR in cans, go figure. And people say that Silver Spring is losing it's diversity?

silver spring penguin said...

An interesting story on the demise and possible resurrection of Roy Rogers:

"Roy Rogers pulls franchising trigger"
The Washington Times

WashingtonGardener said...

- Dunkin D are on theor way - on Colesville - across from Discovery
- We HAVE Gelato -- Moorenkos
- Are you Serious on equating "real" pizza and Uno/Ca Pizza Kitchen? C'mon -- I'll take Manny & Olga's over those soggy pies any day
- Too bad about Fenton Jerry's
- I'm not a burger person - but QH is definitely tops of the bunch
- Make your own cards at Pyramid Atlantic ;-)

wombat said...

Could you amend that wish to "A store just like a CVS except that it doesn't suck"? Maybe one that doesn't use their apparent management technique that results in there being a line at the registers no matter how few people are in the store? They seem to know how to calculate the exact number of cashiers that is too few in every circumstance.

And: Bagels. Yes please.

Sligo said...

I don't think Moorenko's technically counts as gelato, at least according to their website.

Besides, the product needs to be presented in the proper manner to meet my requirements for a gelato place.

Anonymous said...

Sligo said...

Can we swap the Fuddrucker's for Five Guys? I've still never been in the former.

4/10/2008 8:22 PM

RE: Hell To The No!!!!!!!

Five Guy's can go to the Jerry's location.........

Anonymous said...

WashingtonGardener said...

- Are you Serious on equating "real" pizza and Uno/Ca Pizza Kitchen? C'mon -- I'll take Manny & Olga's over those soggy pies any day


4/13/2008 6:04 PM

RE: Your in a very small minority and plus you seem to not have a problem with DC and Virginia opening Several Uno's and CA Pizza Kitchen.....

Its like your saying that Silver Spring isn't good enough for Upscale Chain Restaurants and possibly don't support it due to FEAR that it will attract more people from DC/Virginia and other regions to spend money in Silver Spring or any parts of Maryland......

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling Lee Development is just going to demolish the building to make way for their future project. I can imagine there will be retail space there though.

Anonymous said...

I HATE CVS!! We don't need another overpriced and understaffed drugstore. I would be much happier with a Walgreens!!

Anonymous said...

Why do peope seem to love chain restaurants so much? My goodness - can't we get a little charm and class in this little city we call Silver Spring.

Ed said...

Fudds is not what it used to be IMHO.
Just wrote about Fudds/Five Guys myself. (www.thedadreport.com) Hope we get a Roy's, tired of driving to Gaithersburg to get my #4 on :-) SSPenguin beat me to it on the Times article.

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards and some stationary are available in Old Town Takoma Park, at Now & Then. In the same block is a unique ice cream joint that offers homemade stuff. Plus, there are several stores selling beautiful vintage jewelry & clothes. Also, the Big Bad Woof sells pet food that is apparently better than the industrial stuff. A pleasant 25-min walk from DTSS.