Monday, March 19, 2012

Bowie Restaurant Project: (47) Starbucks (Free State Mall) and (48) Starbucks (Bowie Town Center)

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

For a list of all the Bowie Restaurant Project reviews, look here.

As I've passed the halfway point in this restaurant project, the pickings are getting slimmer. There are still some good restaurants left to review, but there are also ones I've been putting off.

Yes, Starbucks is a restaurant, as they have food and seating. You can actually say, "Hey, let's have lunch at Starbucks." We did so one day when looking at houses (not in Bowie). But it barely meets the standards for a restaurant.

This roundup of Bowie Starbucks omits the Safeway Starbucks, which lacks the sandwiches the other locations feature. It also skips the Starbucks/Pizza Hut in Target. That location may or may not have sandwiches, but will be covered in my forthcoming feature on the Pizza Huts of Bowie (oh boy -- see what I mean about slimmer pickings).

I should note that I don't drink coffee. The point of these reviews is not about coffee anyway; it's about the meals, though.

Starbucks, 15480 Annapolis Rd.
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 10/14/2011
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 1
Pre-Foursquare Visits: No
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

When my parents stayed with us, they went here often. For coffee, it's a pretty good Starbucks, they said. For meals, you have a choice of prepackaged sandwiches and snacks. On the plus side, the sandwiches are fairly healthy. On the other hand, why would you go here instead of the Subway a few doors down? As with all of the shops in this part of Free State Mall, parking is inconvenient.

Starbucks, 3924 Town Center Blvd.
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 02/29/2012
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 1
Pre-Foursquare Visits: No
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Starbucks, Bowie Town Center

With about one-quarter of Bowie's restaurants in Bowie Town Center, I don't see why you end up here unless you are accessorizing your coffee with food. The pastries aren't bad, either.

With both these places, I wanted to give them only a star, because the world doesn't need more Starbucks. But they're reliable places to get reasonably healthy and reasonably tasty food. I recommend eating elsewhere, but you're not doing yourself too much of a disservice if you end up here.

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