Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bowie Restaurant Project: (11) Beijing Cafe

For an explanation of the Bowie Restaurant Project, look here.

For a collection of all the Bowie Restaurant Project entries, look here.

Beijing, 1324 Crain Highway
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 7/22/2011
Total Foursquare Check-ins:1
Pre-Foursquare Visits: Apparently, since I had a menu from there in my office.
Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5 stars

This is one of about 10 Chinese restaurants in Bowie. It qualifies as a restaurant because it has a few tables, but it seems to do mostly take-out business.

Aside from being the southernmost Chinese restaurant in Bowie, this restaurant is completely inessential. I don't trust a restaurant that serves Chinese food and subs; it seems like it's trying to be too many things at once. I think I started doing takeout from a different place on Route 301 once I realized I didn't have to drive that far; my recent meal reminds me why. Not particularly tasty.

At least it's not a chain. At least it's one of the few restaurants this far south in Bowie. That's about all I can say positive, and why it gets 1 1/2 stars.

I have posted this restaurant as a waymark here.

In Bowie restaurant news, Bowie Living reports that the "Bang Bang Mongolian Grill" will be opening this fall in the Free State Shopping Center. I probably won't review it until it makes it into the 2012 restaurant guide, but I will definitely review it, assuming the opening goes as planned. It'll be the first "Mongolian Grill" in Bowie, but the area is thick with Chinese restaurants -- two restaurants and a takeout place are within a stone's throw, another is just up the road at Hilltop Plaza, and a couple of others are within 10 minutes. It'll be interesting to see how it does.

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