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Cville No Longer Sublime.

So after a LONG hiatus from lunch dates with Hubby – bad weather, busy schedules, and just not enough damn time being the excuses – we finally got a chance to escape the office and meet at The Corner on an unseasonably sunny, “feels like summer” day last week. I wanted to go back to my favorite little hole-in-the-wall, Sublime, for some extra yummy egg salad.

Only to find it had closed. Almost a month ago. CRAP! I had *so* been looking forward to eating here. Had it really been October since we’d stopped by? Double crap! Like so many before us, we were victims of the “Find a Favorite Restaurant Only to Have it Close On You” Syndrome. I’d heard about this affliction, but this was the first time I’d suffered. Ended up going to Martha’s Cafe (review forthcoming).

DRAT! Like Daihachi and Just Curry, both of which closed before I had a chance to review them (just as well, they were both kind of “eh”), here was yet another local establishment a victim of our gutterball economy. Roadkill in the dangerous culinary highway that seems to be Cville restaurants. Where Fall equals long waits for tables, and Summer equals closing signs.

It’s no wonder. At work when we have birthday get-togethers everyone wants to go to Chili’s (blech!) or Ruby Tuesday’s (double blech!). Why are they convinced you can only get a good lunch in a place where everything is fried and the servers wear flair? I mean, Come ON people! Don’t they realize those oh-so-cute mini-burgers are Corporate’s way of cutting costs? Serve less meat on TWO buns (more bread) and charge the same amount. But they sure look adorable. Puh-leez!

What happened Sublime? Were your prices too high? I mentioned the closing to a co-worker and she shrugged, “I always thought they were too expensive.” But in my review I talked about eating a delicious egg salad wrap with locally-produced, organic eggs for $7. The thing was huge. The carrot slaw in the wrap was amazing. Hubby’s turkey was the same deal. Enormous and tasty. Satisfying. Totally local. And around $7. You can’t tell me you wouldn’t spend the same amount at one of those flair-wearing chains for something reheated from frozen and slapped on a plate! Open your eyes!

Okay, yeah, I’m disappointed. Overly emotional. Maybe it was Sublime’s alkaline ionized water? Granted, that was a load of hooey. But the food was SO good. Maybe I should’ve seen the writing on the wall when they were out of roast beef during a Friday lunch rush. Or maybe it was the expensive smoothie ingredients. Or the fact that everything was local (i.e., more expensive). Is this the beginning of a terrible trend away from locavore because now everyone is cinching their belts? I hope not. I hope they were just the victims of low traffic, bad management, or whatever else befalls our dearly beloved culinary establishment favorites. The lesson here is if you’ve got a local place you love, go there. Often. I just wish I’d gotten the recipe for that egg salad…

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. You should definitely check out Carving Board Cafe (just a few doors down from where Daihachi was). I love their crab melt and service is always given with a huge smile!!

    March 9, 2009
  2. Sounds good – I definitely will :)

    March 9, 2009
  3. I tried Sublime. While the portions were huge, the sandwiches were a complete mess. By the time I got my first lunch back to my office, red juice was running down my hands and I was carrying it away from me to keep from getting it on my clothes. After all that, it was pretty bland.

    March 10, 2009
  4. We ate in when we went, but I could see how a wrap could get messy. Can’t imagine hauling an egg salad wrap across campus…thanks for reading!

    March 10, 2009
  5. Sublime was indeed a VERY sad loss. I made their rainbow salad at home the other night and it made me smile.I was on the Downtown Mall and saw a Just Curry sign outside of the transit station (?!). Hmmmmm . . .

    March 13, 2009
  6. I had *heard* the transit location of Just Curry was still open…Hmmmmmm…I’m sensing a return visit coming on :)

    March 13, 2009
  7. I never got to Sublime, but I’m sorry anytime a restaurant that tries for local flavor closes. I’m also sorry ZyDeCo went under; It was a real taste of New Orleans on Elliewood. Looking forward to your review of Martha’s Cafe. We’ve gone there several times, on different days, but still haven’t managed to have a good experience there.

    May 8, 2009
  8. Lori K: I actually did go to Martha’s a little later, and had a pretty good experience, at least that particular day :)

    May 8, 2009

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