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Is Bloom Really THAT Good?

I also shop at the Bloom in Rockville. They have kind of an identity crisis, in that they need to please the original Food Lion shoppers with realistic prices, but also try to lure in the higher end customers with organic foods, drinks, better produce. They did a nice job sprucing up the store and putting better quality food choices, but overall they're unrealistic in their prices for some of the items. Example is pasta sauce - they put in about 10 higher end choices, marked them up so high no one would buy them, then unload them for a couple bucks 2 years after their expiration dates. Their meat in packages on the shelves can start looking brown for some cuts, and does not give a good perception, especially given Food Lion's past issues with meat. Overall, they're doing a pretty good job, but as another poster said, it's not worth making a special trip for. They're located less than a mile of Whole Foods in Congressional and there's a Harris Teeter opening up within a mile, in Potomac Place off I-270, which is most likely going to attract the higher end customers they were trying to attract by updating the store and choices.

Feb 10, 2010
pizzah in Washington DC & Baltimore

Five Super Supermarkets

Late to the discussion - I am one of the rare people who looks forward to grocery shopping. Used to cry as a kid if I couldn't go with my mom. Anyway, I heard about Wegman's and looked forward to it - expectations extremely high - I thought it was a nice store (Virginia off I-95). Better than any other grocery store, though overwhelming. And I guess that's the key, the original poster referred to value, which you're not going to find at a Balducci's, which has quality food surpassing Wegman's. There are a lot of Wegman's fanatics on this board and I understand your enthusiasm when comparing to Giant, Safeway, Shoppers. Hands down, Wegman's leaves them far behind. Harris Teeter has made its entry in the Maryland suburbs and makes a strong effort. They've definitely made Giant and Safeway focus more on the customer in the areas where they are competing.

Feb 10, 2010
pizzah in Washington DC & Baltimore

Delaware County, PA Restaurants

Wow, not a lot has changed in terms of restaurant choices since I went to high school in Havertown early 1980s. Been in DC since that time.

Feb 10, 2010
pizzah in Philadelphia

Cramer's Bakery--Yardley

I lived in Yardley between 1973 and 1976 and went to Cramer's almost every day. They made the best blueberry muffins I've ever had, hands down. Great bakery. Nice to hear they're still in town and getting positive reviews. I miss living there. It was a special place at that time.

Feb 10, 2010
pizzah in Philadelphia

The best authentic pizza in the Philly area

Bertucci's, although a chain, does have a great pie, as uromac brought up. It's exactly what I like in a thin crust pizza. They don't advertise the DOC designation anymore, at least not on their site. I grew up in Philly area and moved to DC, where they had an even bigger pizza issue than Philly. I went into Pietro's a few years ago and will return, though I'll have to check out the other suggestions in this string. Plenty of good pizza to look forward to. Then again, when I do make it back home, it's the quality cheese steak or hoagie that's my priority.

Feb 07, 2010
pizzah in Philadelphia

Coal-Fired Pizza in Ellicott City open

I'm looking forward to checking the Kentlands location out. Coal oven pizza - I never thought it would come to the DC area. I thought it was because of the clean air issue, but I guess not, so might as well enjoy the pizza!

Feb 05, 2010
pizzah in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best thin crust pizza in the DC area

Late to the discussion, but - Fortunately, since this first came up, there has been A LOT of progress in this area, in terms of quality pizza - paradiso, ella's, mamma Lucia, etc. - and at least over the years there have been places like Vace, which does make a good thin crust pie. The chain restaurant Bertucci's makes an authentic Neopolitan pie which I like - other good pizzas there as well. Everyone has their own particular places they like - I shake my head at places that friends who are natives of the area say they like best - Ledo, Vince and Domencis - but if I grew up in this area and that's what I was used to, I guess those would be my favorites.

Feb 05, 2010
pizzah in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's the 2nd best sandwich place in DC?

OK, OK. I don't get out too much and not being a native of the area (though 20+ years here seems to almost qualify someone as one), I understand. It seems like the places I do see a steak sandwich, it's a philly-style cheese steak and called that, so it's probably my limited view. Thanks for the clarification everyone. I'm brand new to the Chow site, so have a lot to catch up on!

Feb 04, 2010
pizzah in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's the 2nd best sandwich place in DC?

Just read through the string, picked up a couple new places to try, I've always found the Italian Store in Lyon Village to have a respectable hoagie. After Taylor opened in NE, I went out of my way to try it due to the write-up in the WPost. It was good but my expectations were higher. I'm from Philly area (like the owners) and while the roll is shipped in from Sarcone's, it had sesame seeds, which is not a plus for me. Cheese steaks in DC - when I arrived here in the 80s, it was a steak and cheese, at least the terminology here has evolved, but every time someone says they found an "authentic" Philly cheese steak here, I've been disappointed, but will check out some of the places mentioned. I like my steaks simple and "Talk of The Town" on Broad Street in Philly just down from the stadiums is where I stop when passing through on I-95. The best steaks growing up in the burbs were the small pizza/steak/hoagie shops. Probably a good thing I don't still live there or I'd be twice my size!

Feb 03, 2010
pizzah in Washington DC & Baltimore

does anyone still buy instant coffee?? canned vegetables?? condensed soup??

Instant coffee - Starbucks' Via - I'm a coffee snob who would rather go without a cup than have a bad cup - and I like the columbian roast. Must be precise (I use a measuring cup) with the water (not tap) for the taste I like, but I have to say it's a respectable cup of coffee.

Jan 21, 2010
pizzah in General Topics

What is your favorite tomato/marinara sauce in a jar?

I agree with "Jaymes" above - #1 is Mom's, especially the original and the puttanesca, hands down. The sauces are outstanding. #2 - Alessi's line and 3rd Cento's San Marzano line. Yum.

Jan 21, 2010
pizzah in General Topics