Rosslyn Needs Better Dining Options

Pitiful. The best adjective that I can think of to describe the dining options in Rosslyn. The area bounded by North Lynn Street is even worse. It is astonishing to see an area filled with many professionals having such limited dining options. Hence, I’m compiling a wish list.

1. Prêt A Manger (Please replace Cosi)

2. Le Pain Quotidien or PAUL Bakery

3. Nando’s

4. Potbelly

5. Caffe Nero (First U.S. outpost in Boston)

6. Itsu Sushi (Considering US Expansion)

7. Five Guys

8. & Pizza

9. McDonalds (An upscale one, please) 

Bonjour PAUL

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The French have arrived in Northern Virginia with the opening of PAUL Bakery & Cafe at Tysons Galleria. Situated on the lower level in a space that once accommodated The Daily Grill, PAUL is a gleaming shop with plenty of light and delectable offerings. While we were pleased with the hot chocolate and crossings that were purchased, it appears the new business will need to work on speed and efficiency. It took rather long to make and pay for a simple order. Perhaps it was first day jitters. However, some time-starved customers may find this frustrating. But a majority should welcome PAUL as it will give Corner Bakery, Starbucks, and the Neiman Marcus cafe a run for their money.

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Photo Credit: Jason Colston for PAUL USA

Bonjour! PAUL is Coming to NoVa

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After hearing about a location “in the works” for Northern Virginia, the signage for PAUL Bakery is up in Tysons Galleria. After The Daily Grill vacated the property, it appears the space was split into two units. Ann Taylor took one part. Now, PAUL will occupy the other half. PAUL is currently looking for a manager. But there is no word on when it will open. From our perspective, it is a welcomed addition which will give Corner Bakery and Neiman Marcus Cafe a run for their money.

Le Pain Quotidien in Tysons Corner

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Le Pain Quotidien is set to open in the Tysons Corner shopping mall, according to job postings on Craigslist and confirmation through their Twitter account. It will be located next to Bloomingdales. Dallas-based La Madeleine is also building out a location within the mall after exiting the strip plaza from across the street. It will feature the chain’s new and improved look. Hence, expect some healthy competition.

Previewing Yo! Union Station

If you’ve got the curiosity bug and are interested in what may be in the works behind the construction facade at Yo! Sushi, check out this link. Philip Watts Design, a British interior design firm, has been concocting groovy design schemes for several U.K. outlets. Mr. Watts and his team are also working on the two locations set for D.C. Enjoy!

Surprise! Voltaggio’s Lunchbox Dissapoints

After the below-average experience at Volt, I found myself seeking refuge at The Lunchbox while in Frederick recently as passing storm engulfed the area. I was familiar with their bare menu, but there were no hot drinks on offer. Hot tea? No. Coffee? No. Iced tea? Yes. So what happens during winter? Selected the meatloaf sandwich, tomato soap, and brownie. The meatloaf was decent, but the tomato soap was bland while the brownie under-whelmed.

The decor is minimal and reminds you of a school cafeteria, but cleaner. The staff were nothing worth writing home about. Nobody followed up with “how is everything?” sorta question. No, these college graduates appeared like they didn’t want to be bothered so here is some advice; don’t ask them anything. With some minor tweaks to the menu and service, things can improve. But staying on course will simply get this place nowhere as customers realize The Lunchbox is not worth dignifying past their first-and-only visit.