Also known as stuff that, if you care about it, you probably already know about it, but I’m not gonna let that stop me:
- Wheaton’s Royal Mile Pub reopens on Friday, according to official Royal Mile blogger Wheaton Calling (heehee). Release the haggis! More from the Gazette.
- Silver Spring, Singular rounds up recent restaurant developments in his neck of the woods; Just Up The Pike has more detail on the re-opened, not-new-but-improved (?) Piratz Tavern, no thanks to the SpikeTV makeover show says a PT employee named Poppet.
- Stage Burger Lounge is also now open in SS, owned by the Pacci’s/Mrs. K’s dude. Some background at ThayerAvenue. Yay more burgers — but SBL is yet another that won’t cook its beef less than medium. Mixed reviews so far on the usual internet suspects, but it’s early. I respect the audacious location right next to burger nirvana (so I hear — still haven’t gotten there) Ray’s the Classics.
- I appreciated Joe Posnanski’s discussion of the (yes, “the”) Olive Garden review. The Gazette’s Bernice August is (at least in my mind) our local equivalent of 85-year-old Grand Forks reviewer Marilyn Hagerty. Maybe Bernice is a bit more sprightly, I dunno. At first, as I read Joe’s piece, I felt increasingly bad about raking a couple of Gazette reviews through the coals recently, but then I realized that Marilyn Hagerty is not only astoundingly earnest, but her writing is also comparatively well-organized and grammatically correct — so props to Marilyn, and I don’t feel (too) bad after all.
It’s all enough to drive Hungry Like the Bear to drink — not that he needed the extra encouragement of course!