Thursday, November 29, 2012

Would You Like Lead With That?


It may have recently received a facelift, but the downtown Silver Spring McDonald's remains as sketchy as ever. A couple weeks back, this guy inexplicably discharged his firearm inside the men's bathroom. Many of the articles about the incident refer to a "shooting" at the McDonald's, but doesn't that require someone to get shot? I clicked on the link expecting a completely different story. At least no one has gotten typhoid fever lately.

Not to be outdone by its neighbor, the Dunkin' Donuts on the next block has been shut down by county heath inspectors for violations less than two months after opening!

Photo courtesy of reader B.

Between the McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts and the transit center clusterfuck, that intersection is the Bermuda Triangle of Epic Fails.






26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, on a more positive note, I can give a preliminary review of La Malinche...

Sangria-good and pretty good bargain for a full pitcher.

Jamon Serrano-fine, but clearly an inferior version to what you get at Jaleo or Boqueria. Priced right at $5 though.

Gambas-shrimp were cooked really well. Not rubbery, sauce was nice but something seemed a bit off on them. Can't quite place it. Also, I wish they were served more piping hot.

Pan a Calaluna (basically pan con tomate) enjoyed this very much. pretty basic, but done well. Hint of smokiness that was unexpected and pleasant.

Fish tacos-favorite dish. Tilapia tasted clean, the garnish provided crunchy contrast and the guacamole was good.

Tortilla Espanola- disappointing. Too much egg and not enough potato. Onion tasted nonexistent. I think it was prepared al momento (like Jaleo sadly does now) rather than in the more traditional style (prepared ahead of time and served room temp).

Overall, we enjoyed it. Will it supplant the better known tapas joints in downtown? Of course not. But as a nice neighborhood place that we can hop over to any time we feel like it, I am very happy to have them here.

Anonymous said...

I immediately thought of Plaxico Burress when hearing of the "shooting" @ McD's.

Hey Anon, you should stick your review on Yelp. Doesn't look like anyone else has rated it yet and getting the ball rolling would be real helpful for the place, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

I knew the new Roachkins line was destined to fail.

Anonymous said...

That Mcdonalds looks like the Cantina Scene from Star Wars

Michael said...

Is there any business along Colesville that won't kill you one way or another?

Terry in Silver Spring said...

As bad as that McDonald's is, the one in the strip mall on 16th St just north of Spring Street is worse.

My mind is boggled at Dunkin Donuts being closed so soon for health violations. Barely enough time for grease and what not to build up. I wonder if there were problems related to construction, maybe bad drains or vents.

Anonymous said...

Dunkin Donuts is already open again. Not sure what the issue was but I think they just lost a ton of customers.

Patrick Thornton said...

Unless I find out what the issue was at Dunkin' Donuts, I won't be going there. I also wonder if it were construction or ventilation related. The place is so new, and Dunkin' Donuts knows how to run a place that sells food.

Anonymous said...

That whole block looks like a third world country. Cops are always arresting people around the dunkin donuts and the mcdonalds.

kristy said...

Not that I care about Dunkin Donuts one way or the other but I think that restaurants can be closed on the spot for technical offenses - i.e., no licensed food handler on site, county licensure violations, etc. - that do not reflect on the cleanliness of the location.

Anonymous said...

Re DD: Glad to read that its back open, now it just needs a drive thru!

Lee said...

According to the Montgomery County Code, Chapter 15, Sect. 15A (http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=amlegal:montgomeryco_md_mc) deals with the the posting of calorie information.

Anonymous said...

The sign doesn't say anything about section 15A. It mentions section 15-16(b). Section 15-16 says:

(a) A license issued under this chapter may be temporarily suspended or permanently revoked by the director for violation of this chapter, State regulations governing food service facilities, orother federal, state, or local laws. Notice of each violation must be in writing and delivered or mailed to the licensee, manager, or person in charge of the facility. The violation must be corrected within the time specified in the notice, or the director may suspend or revoke the license.

(b) When it is imperative to preserve the immediate health and safety of the community, the director may summarily revoke or suspend a license without the notice prescribed in subsection (a), and may direct that the facility be closed to the public until the hazard is corrected.

Clancy said...

We tried La Malinche this weekend as well and really liked it. I second Anon's review of the Gambas; they were tasty and well cooked but perhaps a bit salty. Nothing so wrong that I won't order them again the next time I go. We tried ~8 dishes altogether and none were bad. I'm looking forward to another visit to try the paella.

Also important: service was good. The owner/manager was extremely friendly and quickly became a favorite of my daughter. Even when business picked up about a half hour into our meal, the wait staff was very attentive. The only miscue of the night was the delivery of the wrong chicken dish. It looked so good, we decided against sending it back.

Clancy said...

Also, I should have mentioned this above, but as I walked on Wayne Ave. on Sunday (Dec. 2), I couldn't help but notice that the "Open" sign was on at the Taqueria on the first floor of the Crescent. It looked like a few people might have been inside as well. I would love to know if anyone has tried it.

Kiki said...

I grabbed some Dunkin Donuts grub Sunday morning and when I asked what the health department closing was about, the lady behind the counter told me it was because the hot water heater wasn't working, now fixed.

The sausage egg and cheese croissant I had was delicious and quite hot.

Anonymous said...

Ive tried Taqueria. I It was very good and much better than Skew Works. Its pretty tasty and the staff is very very friendly.

They already have a Flat screen TV and were PLAYING the MNF game WITH Audio so that already puts them above 90 percent of places around here to catch a game.

But alas, since the Crescent is a crappy shitty building that everyone on this blog hates- don't go, you'll have to look at it while eating tasty food.

Anonymous said...

I was going to try the Taqueria place before catching the 15 bus up Wayne but I think instead I'll just loiter at the bus stop and see how far down I can drive property values.

Anonymous said...

"don't go, you'll have to look at it while eating tasty food."

uh, no, not if you sit inside! Just close your eyes while walking up to the building, but watch out for the garage - nonsensically, that's the only part of the building that's actually built to the street.

"I was going to try the Taqueria place before catching the 15 bus up Wayne but I think instead I'll just loiter at the bus stop and see how far down I can drive property values."

lol.

Anonymous said...

that bus stop is already full of trash so i dont think its helping property values

Anonymous said...

I'm going to pick up a 40 on my way home and drink it at the bus stop in front of the Crescent. Take that property values! If we all keep this up, maybe I can afford to buy a condo there.

Anonymous said...

You can get a 40 right around the corner no problem.

why would nayone want to buy a condo there...its obviously a craphole as this blog has told me...

Lee said...

You are right, I misread the code. My apologies. That being said, I want to know what they were really shut down for before I eat there again.

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