Monday, August 06, 2012

Bowie Restaurant Project: (54) Dunkin' Donuts (Bowie Plaza)

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Dunkin' Donuts, 6796 Laurel-Bowie Rd
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 8/6/2012
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 1
Pre-Foursquare Visits: No
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

It's a Dunkin' Donuts. With a drive-thru. Five minutes away from Bowie's other Dunkin' Donuts.

This place has been open for about a week. Christina picked up some donuts right after they opened; they tasted slightly stale. I grabbed a bagel this morning. I think it was slightly better than the ones I've gotten at the other location.

I gave the other location two-and-a-half starts partially by virtue of its being the only Dunkin' Donuts in Bowie. With that gone, I would be tempted to knock this one down to two stars, but the drive-thru is a nice perk for parents of small children, so you can pick something up without leaving the car.

I'll definitely head here rather than the other DD, but only because I'd have to drive past this one to get there. The older DD was one of the few places open the morning after the derecho, and I'm grateful for that.

By the way, I was at a meeting recently where someone supplied Panera bagels (from a non-Bowie location). I may have to try that when I'm craving a bagel, though I still find it sad that Bowie doesn't have a dedicated bagel shop.

Bowie Restaurant News

There are lots of happenings these days in the Bowie restaurant scene. The other day I spotted a "Freestyle Fish N Chicken" sign going up in Bowie Plaza. They appear to have a Baltimore location that's already open. The menu looks rather...fried. I think we'll have to take a wait and see approach to the whole thing.

Bowie Living reports that Main Street's Brasserie has closed. I was not as big of a fan of it as others were. I think their limited hours mean that it's not too big of a loss. Maybe something interesting can replace it, though with the out-of-the-way location a restaurant would have trouble gaining traction.

Jersey Mike's has opened in Hilltop Plaza. I went there on the 1st for their grand opening, but I need to make another visit for a full evaluation. My first impression was surprisingly positive, but I have to think about when I'd rather patronize them versus Chesapeake Grille a couple of doors down. I had never heard of Jersey Mike's, but apparently it's one of the five biggest sub chains in the country.

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