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Mosaic District in Merrifield -- new destination for hungry hounds

Bob W Mar 12, 2013 06:19 AM

I made my first visit to the Mosaic District yesterday; I think this is going to be a huge hit. Many of the establishments are food related. I picked up a few chocolates at Artisan Confections, had a "muffaletta" at Red Apron Butcher (I use quote marks because it's not a traditional muff), and look forward to trying the incredible looking gelati (did I do that correctly) at Dolcezza, sampling olive oils at Ah Love Oil and Vinegar, pizza at Matchbox, a Pattison Avenue at Taylor Gourmet....

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    MikeR Mar 12, 2013 12:21 PM

    Is Matchbox open there yet? I didn't see it on my quick tour.

    I had a few olive oil and balsemic vinegar tastes and that's an interesting experience. Don't have too much of the jabanero olive oil! (like I did)

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      Bob W Mar 12, 2013 12:23 PM

      End of the month we are told!

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        VaPaula Mar 12, 2013 02:13 PM

        And don't forget a Cava Mezze! I'm really excited about Mosaic because it's pretty close to home. So far, we've only been to the Angelika for a movie (and wine & popcorn, of course) but we plan to explore more in the coming weeks & months. I heard Matchbox was open already...

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      Steve Mar 13, 2013 04:53 AM

      The last time I got a Pattison Ave. at Taylor Gourmet, it was a pale imitation of when they first opened. A great sliced roast pork sandwich was reduced to a bit of minced pork dominated by crumbles of sharp provolone and finely choopped broccoli rabe. Maybe they have issues of quality control since aggressive expansion.

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        monkeyrotica Mar 13, 2013 06:21 AM

        Ouch. That's sad to hear. I had a similar experience at Matchbox. The crust was indistinguishable from frozen: thin, crackery, nothing like the original Chinatown product.

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          Bob W Mar 13, 2013 06:43 AM

          This is distressing with regard to both places. I never even made it to the original Matchbox. 8<(

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          monavano Mar 13, 2013 06:53 AM

          Sound like you got the last bits and bobs of the pork!
          I hope to hear better reports about the Pattison because I miss the roast pork Italians in Philly (mostly DiNic's).

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            Steve Mar 13, 2013 01:54 PM

            When they opened, I thought Taylor's roast pork was better than DiNic's.

            I hope to hear that the offering at Mosaic has them back to form, but I'm going to let someone else try it first, or maybe I will try to observe before ordering.

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              VaPaula Mar 14, 2013 10:14 AM

              I just finished my Pattison Ave (from the 19th & M location) and it was nothing like the way you described it on your recent visit. The pork was sliced and the balance of flavors was perfect-not easy to do with a truly sharp cheese! That was my first one of these, so I have nothing to compare with, but it was fantastic!

        3. MsDiPesto Apr 1, 2013 01:50 PM

          I've had the Red Apron Muffaletta and the Meatball sandwiches, I think they're worth the money. The butcher case is very impressive.

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            anakalia Apr 1, 2013 06:53 PM

            Oh, and you're forgetting Four Sisters! I haven't been there yet, but have heard nothing but good things about it. We're hoping to try it soon.

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              Steve Apr 1, 2013 07:36 PM

              If you go to Four Sisters, order the tofu stuffed with bean thread. A complex and unusual dish.

            2. Bob W Sep 3, 2013 07:16 AM

              Finally got the family to Matchbox after waiting years and years to try any of their locations. We stuck mostly to their specialities -- mini burgers and pizza -- and were quite pleased with the food, as well as the service.

              The cinnamon rolls were a big hit too.

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