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Copeland's - RIP

Haven't seen it mentioned here (I don't even know what y'all had to say about the place) but Copeland's seafood resto on King Street seems to be gone - has been for some weeks.

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  1. If you mean the chain restaurant there is another in Bailey's Crossroads and another in Annapolis and Rockville I believe it's a pretty big chain.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      The Annapolis site closed about 2 years ago.

    2. It was closed by the health department - YIKES!

      1. The one in Rockville closed, too.:( What's going on?

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        1. re: Barnsinger

          Maybe enough patrons finally realized that the food was mediocre and overpriced, and stopped going.

          :-)

          1. re: DanielK

            I will miss the eggplant pirogie and biscuits. They were good.

            1. re: DanielK

              I never found the food mediocre; I always loved it. It was the only place in Montgomery County where you could get crawfish etoffee. Unless the quality went down recently, I always had a great experience there, and always found it to be worth paying a little extra for. The place was always packed and there was always at least an hour wait for a table; that's why I hadn't been there in awhile; so, what happened?

              1. re: Barnsinger

                I went there once a month after I'd been to New Orleans, and the comparison was so weak I couldn't bring myself to go back.

                I find that New Orleans Bistro or Louisiana Express (Bethesda) and French Quarter Cafe (Germantown) are far better.

                1. re: Barnsinger

                  I don't know but the website has taken down the closed locations and Columbia is still up, but the VA location and Annapolis location are not up on the website so perhaps it is current? It looks like on a google search that there have been a decent amount of franchise closings.

                  1. re: Barnsinger

                    It was definitely NOT the only place you could get crawfish etouffe in Montgomery County. Louisiana Express in Bethesda has always had it. Sadly, Louisiana Express is going downhill in a big way. When it was good, it was very good (never great) but light years better than Copeland's. Shame you didn't know about it before it started to slide.

                2. There is still one open that I know of. It is in Columbia across the street from the Columbia Mall.

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                  1. re: RJJR

                    The Copeland's in Kenner, LA was still open as of two weeks ago. It was much, much better than the one in Rockville. Cheaper, too.

                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                      The first Copeland's I ever went to was right on St. Charles Ave. in NOLA. The ones up here were not bad at all. The po-boys were quite acceptable.

                      The beautiful Copeland's in Centreville is now an IHOP, of all things.

                  2. The Copeland's in Louisiana and the south are pretty good for chains and serve a delicious brunch if you're in a hurry.

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                    1. re: thatfarmgirl

                      Yes, was surprised by the quality (for a chain) of Copelands in Louisiana. based on that experience, tried the Copelands in Columbia. big mistake: I don't think they had anyone who could follow a simple corporate recipe in the kitchen. Never again!