Open just over a month, Take Me Home is another on the growing list of Georgetown carryouts. Unfortunately, the food is not quite as good as its competition. But owners Alison Zaremba and Geoffrey Elliott have worked hard on the store's appearance -- one of the attractions -- making it light and airy with highly varnished wooden floor and shelves.
Best among the foods are the sandwiches; they're fat and made to order on their homemade dill, cheddar, rye and white breads, or a croissant from The French Bread Factory. The tuna sandwich is a class act: a nice messy combination of tuna, green apples and peppercorms, scallions, cucumber, celery and parsley on homemade dill bread. Nothing else we tasted at Take Me Home compared.
While the fresh salads, lasagnas, main dishes and desserts are pretty, those we tasted could use improvement. Although the garlic was plentiful and the vegetables were crunchy, the tortellini in the tortellini and green pepper salad were heavy and tasteless. The asparagus vinaigrette was more clever than delicious -- the asparagus was yellow and mushy, the vinaigrette didn't blend well with the vegetable. The chicken salad was a slapdash composition of chicken hunks with soy, sesame oil, scallions and yellowed snow peas.
The nougat de boeuf , the only main dish we tasted, is beef marinated in wine, then cooked into a stew with flower-shaped carrots, tomato, onion, mushrooms and lots of parsley. Not bad.
Desserts are attractive but disappointing. The tea cookies were crunchy, but not buttery. Chocolate chip cookies were better, with lots of chips. The brioche pudding was lemony, but not a well-defined dessert -- it was hard to tell what it was, but whatever it was tasted unappealing. The white chocolate mousse was-unexciting, which may say more about white chocolate mousse than about Take Me Home.
Cheeses and deli meats look good. There's a variety of homemade canned products: dessert toppings such as chocolate and strawberry (which tasted like alcoholic melted strawberry jam); preserved lemons; apple and pear chutneys; pickled onions and capers; apricot preserves. And there are crackers, flavored vinegars, walnut oil, Devon cream, European wild mushrooms, canned truffles, Italian rice . . .
Sandwiches are $2.50 to $3; salads and main dishes $4.50 to $5 per pound; bread $2. Open 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. through Sat. Closed Sun. Inexpensive to moderate.