It could be a Lebanese Taverna. The only problem is that one side looks out over the gas station. I'd love one like the Lebanese Taverna in Baltimore because it can range from an elegant dinner to relatively casual, and it's family-friendly even though it is a white-table-cloth place.
But we'd take the casual one like Rockville [that has counter service like Maiwand Kabob or Bon Fresco]. Even though it isn't elegant, it has the great food, and you could do takeout. We've done take-out from Rockville, and it survived the trip well.
My argument is to look for things where the closest location is in another county . . . Look at it on the map. Lebanese Taverna is in Rockville and Baltimore. Nothing in the middle. Jamba Juice? There is nothing nearby.
Sir! Sir! Are we idiots? Get off the counter! [This is to one of the cats.]
I would also suggest moving Cuba de Ayer. But they may not want to move from Burtonsville. We'd welcome them.I repeated my hope for a bahn mi joint in Howard County. That may not be a top choice for everyone, but it seems like a way to expand a menu either for one of the Vietnamese places like An Loi Pho or for a place that already has great bread like Bon Fresco. Mrs. HowChow was flippin through Baltimore Magazine:
Look at the new Milk & Honey Market in Mt. Vernon. It has fresh fruits and vegetables. I don't really need the gourmet part, but it has oils, pastas, milk and honey. It has the [air quotes with the fingers] farmers market without the GNC aisle [like some organic markets]. It has the best parts of Whole Foods like the artisinal cheese and the deli meats. Plus, they serve breakfast and lunch. It is in this location that is dense and where people walk around.
[Cat jumped behind the television.] He is just ballsy without any balls.
I have never been there, but I would be happy with Bonefish Grill. Mrs. HowChow's friend loves it. I'd be happy with chains that are mid-priced but aren't here. I'd rather have a Noodles and Company than a Hair Cuttery. I'm thinking about Baltimore things where they would have a southern location. Cindy Wolf, Tony Foreman. Anything you want to open down here?And, of course, we would always take a southern location of Capogiro -- the gelato store that makes us plan trips to Philadelphia. What else do you want? Or what else do you know is coming?