- Silver Spring's favorite/only Burmese restaurant, Mandalay, is expanding - opening up a second location at 9th & P streets in the District. How could this development positively affect you as a patron of the Silver Spring location? According to Washington Business Journal, the owner will "travel to Burma to get input on the new menu, with the hopes of adding 30 new dishes and a refined cocktail menu". Let's hope these new dishes are adopted at the existing Mandalay, as well.
Mandalay will join Mi Rancho and McGinty's (and others?) as restaurants which have opened new locations around the region after establishing themselves in Silver Spring. And yes, I do know that Mandalay started in College Park, but it moved here long before expanding.
- And here's a backhanded compliment on our restaurants taken from Tom Sietsema's "Ask Tom" chat on the WP website today (emphasis mine):
Q. Bethesda's mediocrity: Any theories why Bethesda has such mediocre restaurants? It's strange, considering. Wheaton and Silver Spring seem to do a lot better, and they're less well-off.- Beginning July 1, Starbucks will begin offering free wi-fi at all company-owned stores. The DTSS location will then join Borders and Eggspectations in offering complimentary access along The Promenade. Sure, there's long been Silver Spring's free wi-fi, but that service never seems to work quite right for me. I can get what appears to be a slow connection on my phone, though most of the time there barely seems to be any data sent or received. I'm usually better off suffering with my craptacular AT&T 3G service.
A. Tom Sietsema writes: Money does not buy taste. It amazes me, too. What say the chatters?
- There was a great crowd at McGinty's for the USA-England World Cup match this past weekend. By the time the match started, it was standing room only in the packed upstairs bar. That being said, Silver Spring still really needs a proper sports bar, something I know readers of this blog have long coveted. Optimally, this bar would have a large projection screen, a feature essential to hosting large crowds for sporting events.
- A reminder: check out Bravo's Top Chef D.C. premiere tonight for a possible cameo from our local Whole Foods. Not sure if it will appear in this particular episode, though they did film at least one segment there.