Friday Question of the Day – With All the New Retail Spaces Coming Who Do You Want to See in DC that we don’t have yet?

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“Dear PoPville,

I keep on seeing black garlic all over menus in the area, most recently being brunch at Poste this weekend. I love it but I don’t love paying for expensive meals or shipping to order the black garlic from online stores. Any suggestions from PoPville for a good place to get black garlic?

Also, I’m from Catonsville where there is an amazing H Mart and I am dying for something similar around here. Is there anything metro-accessible that is comparable? Thanks!”

Back in Aug. ’10 I had heard some scuttlebutt that an H Mart (grocery store) could be coming to the old Secret Safeway on 19th St, NW in Dupont. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. But the readers question above got me thinking about other coveted retail that we don’t have yet in DC. It seems like there are so many big new developments coming down the pike that we might be able to attract some.

Some of the places I’ve heard spoken about that we don’t have include: H Mart, Eataly, Uniqlo – who else?

So for the Friday Question of the Day – What retail do you want to see in DC that we don’t have yet?

And of course – where can you find reasonably priced black garlic? Would the Hana Japanese Market have it at the corner of 17th and U St, NW?

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  • H-Mart rules. That is all

  • Utrecht-like coffee shops, complete with a menu and iced-%@%#s? We already have the nice church spires and universities and ample supply of cool building stock and nice walking routes.

    • A drive thru Dunkin Donuts on Georgia Ave. More clean Movie Theaters, Some Big&Tall clothing stores, Better dress/casual shoe shops (This does not include DSW and sneaker stores). I would like more Ramen Restaurants, More pet shops and cleaner/economical dog boarding places, A Micro Center, Home Depot, nice gas stations, Dave & Busters, More video Arcades, More lounges like Tryst In Adams Morgan, Places with plenty of parking, Record Shops, Barnes & Noble book stores, Harris Teeter, A nice shopping mall, anywhere cool to hang out during winter storms.

  • Jimmy Johns!

  • A central farmers/international market like the one in Decatur, GA

    • God, no. The produce was often rotting on the shelves. The bakery was as bad as the norm in ATL. I liked the cheap wine prices, but that’s something you can duplicate here.

      • Really? I loved that place and always ended up with fresh stuff. They also had terrifically cheap spices. Great model for a market, and if it’s done right it could be great for DC.

  • Piggly Wiggly

    El Corte Inglés



  • Chick-Fil-A. Because most of us don’t feel awkward sneaking into certain University student food courts.

    • I always go to the one in Silver Spring. Which food court in DC has it? Also there’s a half-assed one in Ballston.

      • Catholic University has one, and I think Howard may have one as well…

        • GW has one as well.

          • …and Crystal City.

          • most of us don’t want to awkwardly go to GW, Howard or Catholic to eat Chick-Fil-A with students, not convenient and besides, those locations are EXPRESS Chick-Fil-A’s and do not have all the menu items. They just have pre-prepared chicken sandwiches and fries. Nothing else as far as food items. And I think the GW location closed.

    • I used to have sort of a guilty thing for Chick-Fil-A (guilty because of them being crazy right-wingers), but then McDonald’s came out with the Southern-Style Chicken Sandwich.

      So now I can get my chicken sandwich fix at McDonald’s, and on Sundays too.

      I guess there isn’t really a place where you can get Chick-Fil-A style waffle fries or lemonade, though.

  • harbor freight
    more brew pubs
    a micro distillery
    an outdoors sports store east of the park
    and hell yeah h mart.
    more casual inexpensive restaurants.
    a crab shack

  • Kinda obscure but a grocery store like the Berkeley Bowl would make me giddy for months.

    nth to Hmart

  • Wegmans of course.

    • +1000000000000

      • Totally.

        I drive to Lanham for it. Or Fairfax and double tap the burbs for Indian at Saravana Palace then hit weggies.

        My idea has always been a “wegmans express” for a smaller footprint (you know, not 40 kinds of toilet paper) and an emphasis on the deli/butcher/cheese/prepared food because us urban residents love that. Or I assume from the whole foods prepared/salad bar area which generally isn’t very good unlike wegmans.

        • what can you get at wegmans that you can’t already find in dc?

          • The bakery and prepared foods are wonderful and much, much cheaper than the equivalent products at Whole Foods or HT. I also think they have a great assortment of meat and international foods (like, for example, Spanish chorizo for half the price that Dean and Deluca charges for it).

            I just think it’s right in the sweet spot of quality and value, and none of the other grocery stores in town achieve that – you’re either going for cheap or quality but not both.

          • polytasker,
            oh. thanks. do think they could be as cheap if thy were inside the city?

          • A company consistently listed among the very best companies in the country to work for, for starters.

    • +Eleventy Billion!!!!!!!! word on the street is they’re looking at the Walter Reed site. College Park is too far w/ no beer, and Fairfax is waaaay to far

  • Either cupcakes or frozen yogurt. Failing that, barbeque.

  • More home stores like Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Z Gallerie, World Market etc

    • +1, I’d love a World Market that’s closer than Friendship Heights/Pentagon Row. And I miss the full-sized West Elm.

  • Uniqlo
    a 2nd Trader Joes
    Some of the great ethnic food that is in the suburbs in the city.

  • i can’t believe that nobody has said Wegman’s yet. We need a Wegmans in the actual city, because Fairfax is TOO FAR AWAY. Before I moved to DC, I had two Wegmans stores within 10-15 minutes of my house. And Whole Foods doesn’t fill the void 🙁

    • Depending on where you live, the Wegmans in Lanham is not far at all and is pretty convenient to other shopping you might need to do. It also is next to Costco so you can hit Costco if you need anything but they also have lower prices at this Wegmans because they compete with Costco (like on Milk). And the Costco there has gas!

    • Yeah, since no one said Wegman’s yet, we will just have to settle for the response above that says “Wegman’s.” 😉

  • Would love to see a Chinese grocery store. When I first moved to the city, I (naively) went to Chinatown to find some basic groceries. Yea, I ended up having to buy soy sauce at Trader Joes. I just want a place in the city that sells the 25lb bags of rice, Chinese sauces and spices, produce, and different cuts of meat and organs that you wouldn’t typically find. Currently have to drive out to Fairfax.

    I would settle for a H-Mart though.

    • The Warehouse area on Florida Ave NE has the $25 lbs of white and brown rice. Sam Wangs is where I used to get my bags, but you have to get the ones not on the top, as they might have been attacked by birds. Also in the warehouse area, a place where you can get tubs of tofu.

    • I agree! I am so desperate for a Chinese grocery store. I like Hana Market on U Street, but I miss having specifically Chinese groceries. I grew up in college towns where they were always a staple, and now miss having one nearby.

    • An ex-boyfriend was a Chinese-American from Bethesda. He scoffed at Chinatown in D.C.; his family always went to the Chinese restaurants, etc., on Rockville Pike.

      Given that the active Chinatowns in this area are in the suburbs, I don’t think it’s likely there will ever be a Chinese grocery store in the city.

  • Wegmans! If you didn’t mention Wegmans it’s because you’ve never been to a Wegmans!

    • i’ve been and didn’t think the offerings were all that. but yes, it is indeed large.

    • I hate Wegmans. I used to work for them and they treat their employees crappy. Also they are overpriced and the selection is not really that exceptional.

  • +1 on Chick-fil-A – currently driving to Silver Spring for my fixes

    • NOOOO chick-fil-A they are against gays

      • And gross.

      • I’m gay and I love chick-fil-A. who cares, there is some segment of homophobia in every corporation.

      • Yeah I’ve avoided Chick-Fil-A because they are anti-atheist. The one in my hometown offered a discount to anyone who brought in a church bulletin on Mondays. So… no equivalent discount for people who aren’t Christian. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth… pun intended.

        • A discount for people who bring in a church bulletin? THAT IS AWESOME! You don’t have to go to church or be Christain to get a church bulletin, I would have snatched one up from a local church and got my free discount! Aint like they are making you recite THE LORDS PRAYER. I am agnostic so I understand your point, but every company is entitled to uphold the religion that the founders are/were apart of. Why don’t you start an atheist business? No one is stopping you. You’d be hard pressed to find a major corporation that is not supported/funded by Christains. This country is a religion based country, you carry around dollar bills that read “In God We Trust” yet I am sure you don’t boycott U.S. Currency. With your basis for boycotting Chick-Fil-A, you may as well boycott purchasing anything at all at any store.

    • There is one in Crystal City. Much closer.

  • H Mart on H Street.

  • Hardee’s!

    • There used to be one at the Greyhound station. “A Hardees in the Greyhound station” is probably the least appetizing statement in history, though.

  • A half-way decent tea shop.

    Also, that kind of retail where you rent out some kind of domicile, say on a monthly basis, for a reasonable price.

  • Definitely Uniqlo. More Sweetgreen/Chop’t locations. A place dedicated to Cincinnati chili. West Elm should return on a permanent basis with more than just a pop-up store. Another Dangerously Delicious Pies up in Mt Pleasant so I don’t have to truck down to H St NE. Few people were sad when Taco Bell on 14th St went away, but I was one of them. Pie-in-the-sky dream: Erik’s Delicafe, a southern Bay Area/Santa Cruz gem.

    I know I’m going to be in the minority here, but I believe that DC could also use at least one Old Navy location. The low-end clothing market isn’t really represented in town at all. Old Navy has a ring of metro-inaccessible stores around DC, but none in the district itself. Sometimes all you want is a $5 t-shirt.

    Oh, and Columbia Heights needs a movie theater with two screens – one for blockbusters, one for artsy stuff.

    • isn’t there a west elm in georgetown?

      also, for cheap clothes, try forman mills, accesible to the RIA station.

    • “A place dedicated to Cincinnati chili.”

      Oh god, that would be awesome.

      • I’ve never understood why a Cincinnati chili chain like Skyline hasn’t developed a national distribution like McD’s, etc. It’s so delicious.

        • i used to eat skyline chili when i used to go see shows and bogarts and sudsys in cincy. really, i found that most people that liked it were people that grew up on it. i never really cared for it all that much.

          the problem is that chili is everywhere, and everywhere has their variety. to really score as a national chain it seems like you have to do something others arent doing. skyline is just average.

    • Old Navy is a great idea, they’d make a killing here.

      • +1. Are there any suitable spaces in the DCUSA complex?

      • Oh, and to Ben re. Old Navy:

        Most of their stores (off the top of my head) are indeed suburban and not Metro-accessible, but there is one suburban location that’s Metro-accessible: the one at Prince George’s Plaza. (I believe the mall is now calling itself “The Mall at Prince George’s,” but the Metro station retains the original name.)

  • Nordstroms, Top Man, Bloomingdales, Original Penguin

  • In Silicon Valley there is this Cali-Mex restaurant called Aqui. Love them. Cali-Mex, different from Tex-Mex.
    Also from cali, would love an In N Out burger joint.

  • binpetworth

    Big Lots

    Aldi (though I keep seeing ads that they’re hiring; is there one in DC yet?)

  • DC needs more good bagel places–I’m excited for Bethesda Bagels in Dupont, but want more!

    I’d also love more cheap-but-authentic take-out Indian places. Most of the cheaper Indian restaurants aren’t very good. I miss Spice Express on Vermont!

    Lastly, INEXPENSIVE vintage/second hand stores. All of the vintage stores seem to target a high-end, collector market, rather than people like me who want to find cool, cheap, interesting kitchy treasures.

    Also: Arby’s and Dairy Queen. 🙂

    • +1 on the Vintage/Second Hand stores

      I sell painted and refinished vintage furniture and home decor items on Craigslist and Etsy. It’s my dream to open a brick and mortar shop, but the rents are so high in DC that I would have to significantly raise my prices :/

      • we could use shops like that. have you seriously looked for space? or just casually? what kind of cost per square foot would you need to make you profitable?

        • I’ve been scanning the MLS for a few months. The most affordable commercial rents seem to be on Georgia Ave (which would explain Modern Mobler and Ruff ‘n Ready opening there) It’s not a bad location for that type of store, but an operation where furniture is refinished/painted needs a bit more square footage than a store where items are bought at auction and simply cleaned or have small repairs needed.

          • Problem #1 – You are looking at the mls for commercial sites.

            Problem #2 – Ruff n Ready is by the bus barn on 14th street.

      • If you have a great website – a rare thing – you don’t need an in-town location. I bought a $6000.00 antique iron gate, had it completely altered, sanded, painted, hauled to DC & installed all through online & phone with Black Dog Architectural Salvage in Roanoke.

        Even with Miss Pixies just down the street, I tend to check the website every few days and only go when there is something that interests me.

        If I was looking for something specific or just cool, and saw it on your website, I would happily drive to bumf**k where-ever to get it. You just have to adjust to the times and understand the realities of urban land use.

    • +1 on vintage THRIFT shops.

      I agree with Elza — all the vintage stuff here seems to be pricey.

    • There is an Arby’s in Georgetown in that mall food court….At least I know there used to be. Not the most convenient location. Other than that, Beltsville or Wheaton mall.

  • a knishery

    • mmmmm. yes. I would also like a hardware/bike supply shop in SW, and a low-cost hair/nail salon (like Hair Cuttery or Great Clips that does nails and waxing) in SW or Columbia Heights.

      If I had the start-up costs, I’d open a Hair Cuttery in DC USA.

  • anon. gardener

    +1 on the Piggly Wiggly. I dig the Pig!

    Publix would also be nice – they have such a great bakery/deli section.

    And I wish they’d hurry up with the Virgil’s BBQ DC location – it would be very nice to not have to buy a train ticket to get my Virgil’s fix.

  • Wawa for the win!

  • good chinese food.

  • Please, please, please a place that makes decent croissants. PAUL is about the best I’ve found in DC and that’s really not saying all that much…

  • Einstein Bros Bagels

  • For any Upstate New Yorkers, Dinosaur Bar-B-Q

    For any Bostoners, Anna’s Taqueria (wouldn’t mind a Redbones or Blue Ribbon BBQ either)

  • how about a wegmans….with a wawa in the parking lot. Then, I could get my Diet Coke, organic produce, and cheap coffee in ONE TRIP. right now i go to MOM’s Organic Market for organics, Safeway for stuff that’s bad for me/too expensive to buy organic, and CVS for toiletries (yay coupons and extrabucks!). I need a one-stop shop. <3 wegmans.

    • …with WEGMANS!!!!!!!!!! It’s a bit of a running joke with my boyfriend, who lives in White Hall, MD. But, in all seriousness, Wegmans is amazing. Hands down.

  • First and foremost, I second any sort of credible Chinese place. I will never understand why there is a market for 20 new Italian, BBQ, burger, cupcake, FroYo and beer places, but somehow we can’t get decent Chinese anywhere in the District. I mean, come on. Second a knishery. Second Original Penguin. Third Chick-fil-A.

    Adding one of my own (do they ever expand outside of the NYC area?): Century 21. Would do a killing, you can get an entire high-end men’s dress wardrobe from there for under $1000 bucks, nothing in DC can match the bang for the buck.

    • Good call on Century 21! I love that place.

    • I second Century 21 (or something similar to it). Sadly, their only locations are in NYC, Long Island, and Northern NJ. They would definitely do a killing around here. We do have Filene’s Basement here in DC, but it doesn’t really compare.

  • andy

    Natté Latté or a similar fine establishment.

  • Schnuck’s grocery store

  • anon. gardener

    How about a food co-op/health food store? I know there’s one in Takoma Park, but it’s hard to get to. It would be nice to be able to buy obscure herbs/grains/legumes in bulk from the bin, and get homeopathic alt health products. This section in Whole Foods is totally inadequate. Try finding red lentils in this town! Or decent yeast. I have yet to find a place that sells fresh yeast. It’s this baker’s holy grail.

    • MOMs Organic Market has bulk bins of grains, rice, unrefined sugar, lentils, beans, etc. Their locations are in the burbs, though. I am 95% sure they have red lentils.

  • What the heck in “uniqlo”. I went to their website and still can’t figure it out

    • MsNesbitt

      it’s a clothing store in Japan – lots of cheap finds, like $50 cashmere sweaters and “heat tech” shirts, whatever that means. can’t vouch for the quality of the clothes, but they have ads all over the nyc subway system.

  • REI.

    Cabelas/BassProShop (Yeah, I’m aware that will likely never happen in DC proper).

  • I would like to see a Muji store.

  • Bass Pro Shops, but only if they’re allowed to sell guns and ammo.

  • Ellwood Thompson’s!!!!

    [kidding, kidding]

  • Sheetz.
    A decent Target.
    Burlington Coat Factory.
    Not so much retail, but a Mexican restaurant. A real one. Not a Salvadoran restaurant that calls itself Mexican.

    • There’s already an IKEA in College Park.

      Given the huge space needed for an IKEA, I’d be surprised if one ever opened within the D.C. city limits.

      I guess it’s possible that somewhere in NE or SE might not be outside the realm of possibility, but it probably wouldn’t be Metro-accessible.

    • Sounds like you should move to Greenbelt.

    • I agree that the Target in Columbia Heights isn’t the best Target ever… but given that that’s how it’s turned out, is there any reason to think that any additional Target locations within the District would be any different?

  • a store that sells locally made arts and crafts.
    more local designer stores.

    • Another vote for Chutney Joe’s! There’s at least one in Chicago – it’s like an Indian version of Chipotle. Or, a second Merzi in Columbia Heights.

  • it’s funny to me that people want all these large scale one stop shopping stores and they want them all metro accesible.

    jesus folks, you like in a medium density, medium sized city with generally an old building stock and great transit.
    one stop shops kill all that. your desire is exactly why we don’t have many decent bakeries and butchers in this area. there is very little mentioned above that you can’t get around here. maybe you can’t get black garlic or a decent hard roll. but you need to learn about what is here, and realize that the city proper is tiny. you are allowed to go to md and va. it doesn’t take that long. our geography is tiny. explore what is already here. ask questions if you can’t find it. but seriously, don’t expect it all under one roof unless you want dc to look like rockville pike.

    • THANK YOU.. seriously.. outback steakhouse, kohls… IN dc??

      • If Outback Steakhouse can locate in Downtown Bethesda, which in my opinion is just as dense as Downtown DC, then I don’t see why we can’t have one in DC. DC already has Ruby Tuesdays, TGI Fridays and IHOP. So why not an Outback? It’s not exactly a big-box store and would be a great affordable steak option to combat all the pricey steak places in the city. I doubt anyone wants to go to Benning Road to Rays the Steaks, after all, it’s closed for a few months.

        • point is, why not ray’s or some other local place in a hood you’d find convenient? why a chain with an executive structure far away from home? why more of the same when you can have something slightly different and homegrown? the thing with supporting and desiring local places is that it keeps money and creativity and entrepreneurs in our area. and we need that.
          when you support chains when locals over something similar you say, fuck the risk takers, fuck self starters and people trying to make their own way. you say, no, i’ll just take what i’m used to even if it leads to less jobs and money for my own area.
          i’m not against all chains, especially when they bring something to an area that is new. but steaks?

    • +1.

      Maybe I’d think differently if I didn’t have a car; I do admit that big-box shops can be very convenient.

      There are areas of D.C. (primarily NE and SE, but also northern NW areas like Brightwood) that have wide-open spaces where big-box stores would logically make sense. And there are big-box stores that there’s a real need for in the District… there was certainly a need for Home Depot, and people have been clamoring for Wal-Mart (even if there’s also a vocal minority that’s anti-Mart).

      But on the whole, I don’t see that there’s a need for that many big-box stores and D.C., and I’m very glad that D.C. doesn’t look like Rockville Pike.

    • while we might be “allowed” to shop in MD and VA, doing so means sales & property taxes, plus jobs, end up out there too. There are ways to use our existing and planned building stock to house chain stores.

      And while I think that there are many reasons why there aren’t good butchers/bakeries in DC, our plethora of one-stop shopping is pretty low on the list. High rents and limited concentrations of high-income households would probably be much bigger factorrs.

      • i’m with you on the tax base thing. strong point.

        supermarkets killed butchers and bakers. it was the desire to go to fewer places. before supermarkets, we just had markets.
        am i incorrect in thinking this?

  • 1 – Uniqlo
    2 – Muji
    3 – Topman
    4 – Century 21
    5 – Barneys (not Barneys Coop)
    6 – Eataly
    7 – a downtown Crate & Barrel

    How about just some great little Bodegas that are open 24 hours so we can get some late night snacks or something for breakfast without having to go to a disgusting CVS.

    Also, how about some great newstands on our streets and some half smokes and other street food.

    • How about more places that are open 24 hours, period? Diners, convenience stores, etc. Or at least places that close later than midnight.

  • Is the Lucky Strikes Lanes in Chinatown DC’s only bowling alley?

  • A tannery! I need to get my dead boa out of the freezer before Thanksgiving! Still striking out in the quest for snakeskin boots.

  • a roller skating rink.

  • What ever happened to Wagamama? Was that not supposed to be on 7th St NW? That is what I would like…

  • Chick-fil-A and Sonic if we are talking food.

  • Wal Mart.

  • Having just moved from U Street to the Upper Westside in NYC, I offer a smattering of the retail offerings that I only now realize I was missing out on by being stuck in DC retail crap for the past 7 years:

    1) Good houseware and hardware stores (Gracious Home or Crate&Barrel/CB2 for housewares, any little old hardware store for basics).
    2) Discount designer clothing – Century 21, Loehmens.
    3) Outdoorsy stores – EMS, REI, Northface, Patagonia
    4) Bodegas/Delis – grocery stores with decent produce and staples open 24/7; double score for a built in deli
    6) Quality grocery stores – Zabars, Fairway, Citarella have amazing seafood and butcher departments plus a huge array of takeout food.
    7) Quick and easy take out food – bakeries, cookie shops, hummus shops, chicken shops, salami shops, a million delis.
    7) Quality wine and liquor stores – large selections at all price points with knowledgeable and helpful staff; lack of bullet proof glass.
    8) Boutique shops – hat shops, pet supply shops, men’s shops, shoe shops; creampuff shops, linen shops, glassware shops, rice pudding shops.
    9) Quality gyms – Equinox, Reebok Sports club, spinning studios
    10) – hobby/skill places – dance studios, cooking studios.

    That’s a good start.

    • Complaining about DC is SO much better in New York.

    • You sure were missing out! DC has a CB2, Loehmann’s, Patagonia, several cooking studios, a number of nice neighborhood hardware stores, new or recently improved grocery stores with takeout options–just to touch on a few of your laments.

    • anon. gardener

      2 differences between NYC and DC: in NYC, a much larger percentage of the population is long term residents who live close to where they work. People shop where they live – in our case, the suburbs for most people. And the DC population is very transient. Big box retail is the lowest common denominator. In a market populated by transients, the store most people recognize will probably be more quickly successful.

      Also, you need a constant diet of very nice things to help you cope with the soul-rending grind of daily life in NYC.

    • DC (and its close-in suburbs) do have most of the types of stores that you mention — but given the lower population density of DC as compared to NYC, there are fewer of these stores and you may have to go farther to get to them. (btw, I agree Zabar’s and Fairway are awesome!)

      A dance studio like the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA would be nice. Reasonably priced ethnic food would be nice too (entrees for <$10 please!)

    • You have been here for 7 years and you havent found any of those places here? I suggest you leave your apartment once in a while.

    • so you moved from the 23rd largest city in the us to the very largest city and you’ve found that they have more things? thats crazy talk!

  • Mango. Topshop. Muji.

    Japanese mini mart open late (e.g. JAS Mart in NYC).

    More BYO restaurants.

    Anything even slightly resembling Reading Terminal Market in Philly.

    Boutiques that aren’t sky high expensive for clothes, home goods (continuing the Philly examples: Duross & Langel, Matthew Izzo, Third Street Habit, Vagabond, South Moon Under).

  • Why does a retail space have to be a soulless chain or franchise (essentially just another place to get the same industrial crap), or is that just how Americans think?
    Why not a series of independent specialized food stores next to each other that offer quality and something that is not so highly processed? Or something like Bi-Rite in San Fra…

    Nah…DC is not ready for that kind of progressive old-world tradition of quality and variety. Put in something that ends with a “mart”.

  • novadancer


    seconds on:
    Uniqlo (LOVE that place)

  • In-N-Out Burger

    • who needs In-N-Out? Its nasty.

      We have Five Guys, that more than fits the bill. Go back to the frontier lands.

      • 5 Guys is what’s nasty and overrated. The burgers are a bibt on the bland side and the cheese is never melted, not to mention the exorbatant price tag of a 5 Guys burger. We do need more fast food burger options that are on the cheap side but full of quality. IN-N-OUT offers that.

  • – Uniqlo
    – Muji
    – Jamba Juice
    – maybe one of those all-you-can-eat soup/salad/muffin places, like Lettuce Souprise You or Souplantation
    – more “fast casual” pricerange dining options (seems like a lot of the dining options are good but pricey)

    Having trouble thinking of anything that’s not a chain… I think that’s because unless you have a specific _type_ of store in mind, it’s easier to recall a specific _store_ you’ve wanted to see and haven’t seen.

  • second for jamba juice

    wahoo fish tacos

    kum and go


  • two words…. WHITE CASTLE

  • if rents go down, they all will come
    (keeps dreaming)

  • What this city really needs less of is the food-by-weight/pander-to-all-constituencies lunch joints. Replace with REAL DELIS. (surprised not more calls for Delis)

  • First all, no need for the profanity. Second of all, it is my God given right to want an Outback Steakhouse in my neighborhood. Third of all, there are PLENTY of homegrown steak places in DC, in fact, there is an OVER SATURATION of them. So one little Outback Steakhouse is not going to effect the already healthy homegrown restaurants in DC. Are you suggesting that EVERYONE has to agree with you and ONLY eat at homegrown establishments? Is it possible to support an Outback Steakhouse AS WELL as MEDIUM RARE or LOST SOCIETY? The answer is yes. Outback Steakhouse will not negatively effect those businesses because they have a following of loyal supporters. Then you say you want something new…What would you suggest that is “new” and needs to be introduced? Creativity of entrepreneurs huh?Peruvian Chicken places are ALL OVER DC on every city block yet you don’t go on a tirade against them because they are so-called, “HOMEGROWN” and “LOCAL” so it has been proven that just because something is homegrown does not mean that the establishments will BURST WITH ORIGINALITY. My point is that there are “homegrown” steak places in DC but for the most part, THEY ARE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE and PRETENTIOUS. Franchise places provide affordable prices and a darn good product. We need BOTH homegrown and chain franchises in this city. You seem a bit delusional to think that a major city shouldn’t be allowed to have McDonalds, Target, Outback, Chipotle and so on…In all honesty, THE DEMAND EXISTS IN DC for major chains. Otherwise, Walmart wouldn’t find a home here, McDonalds wouldn’t either, nor would Target, Brooks Brothers, Best Buy, Home Depot, Safeway and ON AND ON. I suggest you move to Sara Palin’s hometown of Wasila. Nothing but homegrown gun stores and homegrown black bears there to keep you company.

    • i assume you are responding to me, since i wrote “fuck” twice. i did not say they should not be allowed. i did not say that everyone has to agree with me. i asked questions and engaged in conversation and didn’t tell anyone that maybe they should move.

      but my post is a tirade? you wrote twice what i wrote. hahahahha. so be it. maybe i should have typed in all caps more.

      i’m sorry the word f*ck offended you.

      have fun.

    • there are some chains in wasilla too!

  • It’s boring, but I really wish we had some nice dollar stores like the Dollar Tree. Aside from the Asian grocery stores that’s the one thing I miss about Northern Virginia. I’d also love a big craft supplies store like A.C. Moore or Michael’s, or a Joann Fabrics.

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