So, Wheaton. We still live and eat in Wheaton, even during the 15 month blogging hiatus, and there’s still a lot of deliciousness even as our urbanism continues its de-feralization. Even as the reconstruction of downtown Wheaton continues, the food scene hasn’t changed much; almost every restaurant from 15 months ago is still serving (woohoo!), although there was one Salvadoran (?) place that only lasted a few months in the University strip mall spot previously occupied by Gloria’s Caribbean and before that Irene’s III. Cursed ground? We’ll see. Unleased ground for the moment.
There will be more posting on Wheaton going forward, but I think one reason for the hiatus was a sense that since nothing much has changed around here, and we often eat elsewhere (mostly due to working elsewhere and most of our friends living elsewhere), I just wasn’t feeling very Wheatony. Or bloggy. So finally I decided not to worry so much, going forward, about the “Wheaton” part of the blog’s title, although I think Wheaton will still source a plurality of the restaurants discussed.
Senior Mrs. Me is here and we got huge bags of Ruan Thai (11407 Amherst) last night, and here’s an example of what I mean: Ruan is still very good, although the beans in the pad prik khing haven’t been up to snappy par the last two times; the duck kha prao (kaprow!) was better than ever; but it really hasn’t changed much in ten years, other than physical space expansion. Still good, still in the regular rotation, but not superexciting to blog about. The prices have changed, most main dishes are now in the $11-15 range, compared with ten (or even five or six?) years ago in the $8-10 range. That’s a 40-50 percent increase since 2003, much higher than the rate of inflation, even of average raw food prices, and certainly wages haven’t gone up much over the past ten years. So while Ruan remains a valuable Wheaton restaurant — even today’s prices aren’t outrageous or anything — it isn’t quite the same fabulous deal it used to be.
Blogging might be light over the next couple of weeks, although not as light as it was during the previous 15 months!