Dining in

Dining in grocery stores has become a bit of a habit these days, just because it’s so convenient to shop for groceries and pick up lunch at the same time with the 4-year-old. We’ve dined at the tables at the Whole Foods in Reston and Fair Lakes, and at the dining counter in the enclosed entrance at Harris Teeter at Woodland Park in Herndon.

Hadn’t had the chance to try Wegmans until recently, although I’ve blogged before about other reasons I love that Dulles store. The 4-year-old and I have since dined there twice, with great success; the dining area is split into two wings, each with separate areas so there’s always a place where I can take her and be sure she isn’t bothering the AOLers and other workers having lunch. The Web site also touts its Wi Fi Internet access, but Loudoun Proud has blogged about the low success rate she’s had in logging on.

While my daughter gets her usual container of fruit from the produce section, I get a plethora of choices in the Market Cafe, a food court containing a hot bar, sushi bar, sub shop, pizza shop, patisserie and more. I sampled the hot bar’s Asian cuisine, and thought the Chinese fare was better than the Indian entrees (The Indian food’s better at the Whole Foods Fair Lakes hot bar). They have cool containers, too, that are separated into four divided sections so your Lo Mein tastes like Lo Mein and not like Murg Makhani.

More photos at Flickr, to the right… 

Coming soon: Wegmans’ new store in Woodbridge opens at 7 a.m. on June 7. Address is 14801 Dining Way Road, off Spring Grove Road. The layout appears similar to the Dulles store, but no indication there’s a dining area or children’s play area.

In the fall, Wegmans has scheduled the opening of its Lake Manassas store, to be located at Route 29 and Old Carolina Road. A Leesburg location is 8th on the list of planned future stores, but no opening date is provided.

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