Since my latest sojourn from active blogging began, much has been afoot in the Columbia dining scene:
- Our beloved Chinese Wok Express is under new ownership. The (friendly) new owners claim the menu and recipes will remain the same. A bowl of pho yesterday was so satisfying and wholesome that I’m inclined to excuse the #17, which while not terrible, seems to have lost a step or two. One blog reader reports being disappointed in several items on a recent visit. I’m still hopeful.
- If you’ve always thought Applebee’s was maybe just a “Baked Spasagna” short of a good dining experience, Cheddar’s is open. So there’s that.
- Cafe Poland (pictured above) – apparently specializing in espresso and pirogies – will be opening “soon” in the former Carpe Diem space on Locust Street (think “Tiger Cleaners”). No word on how soon “soon” is, or what else they’ll be serving.
- Crazy Noodle is closed for remodeling until January. You’re crestfallen, I know.
- 18-time “How Does That Place Even Stay Open? Award” winner The Bread Basket Cafe is leaving the Crossroads Shopping Center. They say their lease ran out; I wonder if they ran out of storage room for the phonebook-size slices of bread that accompany the whispers of meat on their sandwiches.
- The Oak Room is not open.