Resist the temptation to get down on your knees and lick the pavement on Triangle Lane, it could be a deadly or at least painful mistake. Um, not that I would know.
But do try the creations of this year’s Taste of Wheaton food purveyors, starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday: Ledo Pizza, Ming Tree, El Boqueron, Saigonese, Umberto’s, Pollo Sabroso, Los Cobanos, Global Cafe African Grill, Noble Roman’s, Hollywood East, Marchone’s, Moby Dick, Dunkin’ Donuts, IHOP, and Starbucks.
Kind of an odd list: nearly a third are in or at the mall (Ming, Noble, Hollywood, SBUX), three are huge national/global chains (I think you know which ones), and no Thai at all. Probably just as well, this will force me to try non-Thai items. I should probably be embarrassed to have never eaten at Pollo Sabroso or Los Cobanos or El Boqueron, so those will be at the top of my list. Also Saigonese, where I haven’t been for years, though I doubt they will be selling banh mi, subject of recent rave reviews. Also Global Cafe, which, if the food is good, will be a huge boost for gas station cafes everywhere (and Global Cafe in particular) — they are located in the Exxon station at Georgia and University. Anyway, looks like something for everyone.
Meanwhile, stop at the Wheaton Flea Market on your way to the Taste, now located in the Doomed Safeway parking lot across from the Metro. Wheaton’s farmers market will also be at the Safeway going forward, says the Gazette.