I may get flamed by this, but has anyone noticed the phenom of "local tourists"? That is, flocks of people from the burbs coming into the big-city for a night out, causing huge crowds at local hot-spots?
As a city-dweller, I annoyed (albeit probably unjustifiably) when I can no longer frequent a restaurant because it gets over-taken by its own popularity. Obviously I try avoid traditional tourist eating establishments (i.e. Old Ebbit, Hard Rock, Round Robin bar, etc.). However I've noticed that I can no longer get into several of my "neighborhood" places (Jaleo, Rasika, Zatinya, etc) because of the influx of local tourists - aka bridge and tunnelers.
While I still greatly enjoy the food at these restaurants, the crowding, noise, and general unavailability of seating (even though I normally sit at the bar) causes me to avoid them. Further, it seems that because of the popularity of these places, the service has been greatly diminished... I often get the feeling that MY patronage is not necessary when there is a bachelorette party of 15 from Olney waiting in the lobby.
I guess my point is that it is regulars like me that will stick with these places in the long run, if they don't ruin it for themselves now. Anyone else feel this way?
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Hard Rock Cafe
601 E Pratt St Ste 2, Baltimore, MD 21202