Most everyone I talk to is ultra excited about Buddha Bar. I am looking forward to its arrival from the perspective that it will put a landmark in our neighborhood and hopefully stimulates more investment. On the flip side, I tend to believe I’m not going to be dining there often. Thirty dollar entrees that escalate into $80 meals are something I rarely induldge in. Hopefully the patio vibe is such that you can order a couple drinks and one appetizer and linger.
Personally I’m more interested in continue influx of high caliber fast casual concepts along the lines of Taylor Gourmet, Nandos, Vapiano, BGR, Matchbox, etc where I can dine for $15-25 if I keep my drink tab in check. To me those are the greatest asset to have within easy walking distance because they are easy on the budget and casual enough to be an option any day of the week. I probably go to Taylor five times a month… A place like Indebleu I only go to during the occasional Restaurant Week.
I’m sure residents of our neighborhood have a wide range of preferences on this subject. I thought I’d put it to a poll to get a sense of the distribution.
Of the following, which would you value most in the neighborhood?
Casual with good food (Taylor Deli, Nandos, Vapiano) (64%, 96 Votes)
Destination Dining (Buddha Bar, Capital Grille, Oyamel) (21%, 32 Votes)
Bar with OK Food (Any Irish Place) (11%, 16 Votes)
Fast Food (Chipotle, Chopt, Five Guys) (4%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 150
The poll is not asking which type of Restaurant you like the best. The focus is which is the most valuable to your lifestyle to have close by in the community.