With AOL's new Patch site, Columbia gets a new daily journalist -- and one who needs somwhere to eat.
David graduated from Wilde Lake a decade ago, and he is back now to cover his old home town. Lunchtime, I'm mostly in Washington, but I was recently tweeting with David about lunch and thinking about Sidamo's sandwiches. Even though reporters never got paid enough to eat out every noon, it's fun to grab a bite and to show the journalistic flag.
There are good options in Columbia. Start with sandwiches -- New York Deli for corned beef, Bon Fresco for everything, and Riverside Coffee for that bulgogi panini. Consider a side trip to Maiwand Kabob , a splurge at Sushi Sono, or maybe An Loi's pho on a cold day. Work your way up to the Indian buffets. House of India is wonderful, and I have heard great things about Royal Taj on McGaw Road.
Where do you go for lunch? People talk up some Columbia delis, although I haven't tried them all.
Lunch ideas outside of Columbia will have to be for other folks. HowChow covers the entire county, but AOL has divided the world -- a separate Patch for Ellicott City and others for Savage and Elkridge. That's four journalists who need lunch ideas, although they aren't allowed to travel far. AOL actually forbids David from leaving CA's jurisdiction during business hours. Journalism jobs are so scarce that these folks agreed to implanted GPS technology that warns their editors if they veer from the hyper-local. If you leave your assigned census tract . . . you're fired.
So Elizabeth will have to eat all the tacos at Elkridge's R&R Deli. Brandie can't share her pork belly from Honey Pig on Rte 40. And Brian will be all alone at Savage's Bonaparte Bread. Since you can go anywhere, where do you crave for lunch?