The Spicy Pickle Comes to NoVa
Hey Bob! Long time no see! Although I live down the road from you, I have been to a branch in Boulder (where it originates). I really liked it, from a fast casual standpoint. I think the atmosphere is more like Noodles & Co than Cosi. They really emphazise paninis rather than regular sandwiches. I doubt I would go for dinner, but for a lunch place on the go, it is great. I especially liked that you can choose what you want in the sandwich from a long list of ingredients. For non-meat and cheese choices, there is no extra charge if you go over a certain number (like Cosi does).
I caveat all this with a caution I have not eaten here in 2-3 years, but during those 2-3 years, I was hoping one would open here. Unfortunately it is not near Arlington....