Written by on July 16, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Rosslyn neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia  

How I heard of this place: Coming from Seattle…It is difficult to remember my firstStarbuck’s experience, but I know it has been a staple during my travels for over fifteen years.

Type of cuisine: Coffee shop fare with espresso beverages, teas and blended concoctions, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, packaged sandwiches and granola/yogurt, etc.  

Ambiance: Similar to most any traditional Starbucks establishment I have been to over the course of the past fifteen years, this one falls directly in line. Entering, however, it seems to cater more to those coming in for a quick treat or pick-me-up during business hours, with limited seating, an eye-height glass display of sweet treats and a lot of standing room with Starbucks SWAG on cyclindrical podiums throughout.

What I ordered: We had already eaten a hefty meal provided by Beefalo Bob’s, but needed an afternoon perk. I asked the cashiers recommendation between the Double Chocolate Brownie and the Chocolate Chunk Cookie, was hesitantly told the brownie, and ended up ordering both, along with a red velvet cookie-cake with white frosting in between the two small layers. Chris also selected a venti (20-ounce) new Mocha Coconut Frappuccino.

What I loved: The Mocha Coconut Frapp immediately became a favorite. The red velvet thing a one-time-taster, and the chocolate chunk cookie delicious enough to inspire me to bake more, and the brownie lingering with an espresso hint. The chocolate chunk cookie being the favorite of our afternoon desserts.

Why I loved it: Consistency in coffee beverages, tastes and treats available across country, you always know what you are going to get.

Cost: Average ($3-$5 per beverage)

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