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Song Que closing

benmiller23 Jan 6, 2014 10:29 AM

Song Que Deli in Eden Center is closing at the end of January -- heard the bad news when we went there this weekend. We're big fans of their tofu banh mi and their range of boba/bubble smoothies. Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement?

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    Worldwide Diner RE: benmiller23 Jan 6, 2014 10:37 AM

    May I suggest that you get a tofu banh mi from every place in Eden and compare them (there are two stores that specialize in banh mi and then several bakeries/take-out places also sell banh mi)? Then you can tell us which one is the best! You might have have to hike through all the little corridors to find all the banh mi though.

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      Steve RE: benmiller23 Jan 6, 2014 10:54 AM

      Especially bad news since there are not many places where you can eat in. This is a real loss.

      Nhu Lan, very limited selection.

      Banh Mi So 1 used to be my fave years ago but I stopped going after a renovation and they changed their offerings/recipes. Maybe I'll have to give them a try again.

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        Just Visiting RE: benmiller23 Jan 6, 2014 11:19 AM

        OH NO! It is our favorite! Did they say why? Can't be for lack of business. They are always busy.

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          benmiller23 RE: Just Visiting Jan 6, 2014 11:37 AM

          I only talked to the owners briefly - the place was very busy, as usual - but it sounded like the parents are retiring and the son doesn't plan to run it anymore. They may be selling it but I wasn't clear on that point, so I suppose it's possible it'll reopen under different management.

        2. Bob W RE: benmiller23 Jan 6, 2014 11:31 AM

          That is sad news indeed.

          Last week I paid a visit to Than Son Tofu for some of their delicious fried tofu. I had to use a credit card so to bump up my order to $10 I got a lichi bubble smoothie. It was humongous and delicious, for $3.75. In addition to bubbles, they include some of that jelly like you get in those little jelly cups you can get at the asian markets. It was like a meal in a cup!

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            Just Visiting RE: benmiller23 Jan 10, 2014 02:30 PM

            Good news! Eater DC reports that this is NOT TRUE.

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              benmiller23 RE: Just Visiting Jan 10, 2014 03:09 PM

              I hope they're right but they only cite the leasing manager at eden center. I wonder if it means that the family is selling to someone else who will keep the name. I'd love to be wrong about this. Here's the link: http://dc.eater.com/archives/2014/01/...

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                Just Visiting RE: benmiller23 Jan 11, 2014 10:46 AM

                Sadly, you were right and Eater was wrong. I just spoke to the son of the owners and he said exactly what you reported. His parents are retiring and he has no interest in taking over. What a shame. But totally understandable. Very long hours and no real downtime in any small family-owned business, and especially a restaurant.

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              ankle RE: benmiller23 Jan 10, 2014 03:48 PM

              try Banh Mi DC sandwich... It got some good veg sandwich per my GF
              3103 Graham Road
              Falls Church, VA 22042

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                bmorecupcake RE: benmiller23 Feb 27, 2014 07:45 AM

                Just wanted to update. We were here at the beginning of February and were told they will stay open 8 more months.

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                  bananaketchup RE: bmorecupcake Mar 26, 2014 08:51 AM

                  I was given the same info the other day too. They had an email mailing list to sign up for, so maybe we'll get more updates directly from them. The owners son said there's a very small possibility they'll open up a new location in the future if he misses it. I hope so! :)

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