Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bowie Restaurant Project: (50) Old Town Deli

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Old Town Deli, 8700 Chestnut Ave.
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 03/26/2012
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 2
Pre-Foursquare Visits: No
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

When I reviewed the Uptown Cafe, I referred to it as "the only place in Bowie to get Korean food." Well...as, it turns out, that's not quite true. The Old Town Deli has daily specials, and Monday is bulgogi. I found it slightly tastier than the Uptown Cafe version, and it came with a salad, too.

Still, that's the only Korean special, so most of the time you're left ordering deli fare. The sandwich I got was unexceptional, and even though I ordered it from the "hot sandwiches" section of the menu, it was given to me cold. (If I cared much, I would have noticed, but the lack of attention to detail is not thrilling.)

It makes sense for various parts of Bowie to have their own deli -- a place to grab a quick sandwich on your way to work or elsewhere. With the exception of the Chesapeake Grille, I don't think any of them are worth driving across town to visit. I might add another exception for the Old Town Deli on Monday if I were going out to lunch with people, and we were in a "let's try something different" mood. But for the most part, it's "just another deli" that I'd be happy enough with if I were in the area.

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