Mrs. Me and I have not been eatin’ much in Wheaton this summer due to travel, family stuff, yada yada yada. Will try to rectify that come autumn.
All the new restaurants in Wheaton are Latino. Surprise!*
* not a surprise
El Taco Loco has been open for a month or so, in the University Avenue strip mall next to El Pollo Rico. We should call it El Strip Mall? We ate there recently, review coming soon.
We have still not been to El Catrachito, in the old Irene’s III microdiner space on University, despite its getting great reviews, but we hope to go soon.
In the old Irene’s (no numerals attached) space on Georgia, a new Latino/”Tex-Mex” restaurant called El Fogon has been open for about two months now. I am skeptical about the Tex-Mex self-designation, since most places around here don’t really do it right, they just use it as a marketing ploy for people who don’t know better. But maybe the food is good anyway? Will check it out at some point. We used to like Irene’s back in the day, despite the constant too-loud music.
Finally a little culinary variety: Tyler Cowen loves Thai Taste (11315 Fern, behind Hung Phat), his micro-review here (and my original review here). I love it when TC eats in Wheaton, because Wheaton, and also because it helps me calibrate my own restaurant-review palate. For example, he mentions the mussamun beef as a “very very good” dish, which it is — and yet it isn’t as good as the spectacular version Nava Thai too infrequently trots out as a special. He’s right about maximizing the condiments at Thai Taste, and I would add for all dishes, not just the soups. Overall I still think Ruan is at the top of the Wheaton Thai heap at the moment, but Thai Taste is certainly also recommended. Nava has been uneven lately, but if they have the mussamun available, it is a must-order.
And lastly, a new cheesesteak chainy place (Mike’s?) is on the way to replace the Quizno’s in the Westfield Wheaton strip that also houses the Starbucks. I’ve been off Quizno’s ever since their Vegas airport location gave me the worst food poisoning ever, so this is a welcome change (since I also like cheesesteaks). I’d still rather give my sandwich business to Marchone’s, but it’s nice to have options.