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Address: 5100 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (Cross street: Garrison St NW)
Neighborhood: Tenleytown / Friendship Heights
Specifics: Food-Gourmet
Phone: 202-363-3466
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Posted by:  Magda Nakassis

Lately I’ve come to believe that there’s a hidden aisle at Rodman’s that leads to Narnia. My local grocery is a family-run pharmacy turned gourmet food emporium, and everything about it is dysfunctional and fabulous. Its aisles are narrow, and some are only accessible from one end. The shop has two floors, but customers are forced to leave their shopping carts by the escalator, making for a permanent traffic jam by the imported chocolates. The employees are fond of ignoring the customers and have the reaction time of someone who’s just washed down 500mg of Vicodin with a glass of bourbon. The customers move at a similar pace, many of them fussy senior citizens from Tenleytown or gourmands who’ve traveled distances to pore over the shop’s selection of fine wine, imported cheeses, curry ketchup, canes, wilting flowers, dandruff shampoos, bridge scorepads, and Scottish shortbread. Don’t mistake it for a one-stop superstore, though – it’s anything but. Rodman’s stocks what it chooses, with no obvious method to its madness. You’ll find me wandering around its aisles charmed and frustrated every day of the week, and often twice on Sundays.

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