February 28, 2012
In fact, I remember a similar level of enthusiasm a few months back when a certain chain donut shop opened on U Street. I never got it that time either.
In response, plenty of people have said - I'm from Philly (Boston) and WaWa (Dunkin Donuts) is awesome! But still, why? If you're from suburban Chicago, are you committed to loving McDonalds? If you hail from Seattle, must you think that Starbucks is the greatest thing on the planet?
Having heard all the hype, I went to my first WaWa in Virginia Beach last year. It was very much like many of the other gas stations I've been to in my life. Fine - but not all that different from a Pilot or a nice Speedway as far as I could tell. You could order greasy food from a touch screen, that was cool, I guess.
I understand the nostalgia appeal. It's nice to have something that reminds people of "back home" even if that something is a gas station. But I've also found that when that something is removed from the city where you remember it, it loses something.
It's known that I'm a big fan of the Great Lakes Brewing Company, and I'm happy about the fact they distribute in DC. Lately though, I've only been buying it when I'm back in Ohio. It's better, fresher, and less expensive there; and frankly, I'd rather drink something that's local to DC while I'm here.