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Speak Out: Takoma Park Food Scene

Where do you like to dine?

In an online chat, Washington Post nightlife reporter Fritz Hahn took a swipe at the Takoma Park food scene. Thanks to Patch reader and former columnist Steve Davies for the tip on this one.

Hahn wrote, in response to a question (the 11th question down) about eating and drinking in the People's Republic:

Takoma is blah for food and (especially) drinks. Head a little over a mile west to Silver Spring for creative and classic cocktails and snacks at Jackie's Sidebar, or beers, fried food and dancing to honky tonk music at Quarry House Tavern.

We have nothing against our more nightlife-oriented neighbors to the northwest, of course, but Patch wants to know what you think of the food and drink scene in Takoma Park.

Tell us your favorite restaurants and what you might like to see come to the city.

Ryan McDermott June 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I've only had one meal at Takoma Bistro as well, but it was delicious. It would be interesting to hear what councilmembers have to say. I'll be working on a follow up to this so look out in the coming week.
Steve Davies June 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I assume you've spoken with Laura Barclay of the Old Takoma Business Assn.? Roz Grigsby with the city is another good person to touch base with. Before you sign anything, however, make sure there is sufficient foot traffic and available parking, and make sure your food is good!
Anna June 09, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Thanks for the comments, and we hope to talk to Ryan more soon. We've been getting some feedback from OTBA. We already run a successful business in DC. We know how to run a business, why foot traffic and parking is important, and we know how to make good food. Our problem is property owners who expect us to put in 50K in repairs (necessary electrical, plumbing, and structural upgrades) without negotiating a reasonable rent or a long term lease.
Jay Levy June 12, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Glad to see you're considering opening an eatery in TP. What's missing in out city, and, I daresay, in the whole of MC, is a vegetarian only place. I think this would go over bigtime since it would attract not only locals, but folks from everywhere. I've eaten in some veggie places in NYC that were superb, with recipes so inventive you'd never guess all the ingredients came out of the ground.
Barbie Rosenblatt June 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I think it's time for the town council to forge more specific relationships with property owners. We need to forge ahead economically as a community.

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