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What's the best restaurants/cheap eats in Silver Spring, MD?

Falafel sandwich - is great
Max's Kosher (check hours)
2319 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902

Ruan Thai has great spicy duck entree and the fried watercress with cashews app. (I was not a fan of the duck app (smoked as I remember) when I had it.

There have been some good reviews of Ethiopian in Silver Spring like Lucy's, but I have not been.

(for your other post if you go to DC Smokehouse try Meats and Foods, 245 Florida Ave. NW, a few blocks on Florida- half smoke is wonderful with or without chili.)

Campfire marshmallows in DC/MoCo

There is a website with a locator (Walmart is listed a lot).
but doesn't look like they are there for "pick up".

I have also seen homemade marshmallows at Whole Foods I haven't been there recently.

Mare Nostrum in Fells Point: odd name, good food

I had a nice quiet meal today at Mare Nostrum. It was about 2:00 and there were no other customers. Köpoğlu- Eggplant, tomato with yoghurt - very good. Some nice bread. Manti, small pasta filled with beef and yoghurt, which was nice, but needed salt which is ok, but I also thought needed more of punch of something even after salt was added. The stuffed calamari was good. I did take some food home. Tasty and very pleasant meal. Wait person was very friendly. Nothing knocked my socks off, but it was an enjoyable meal.

Thanks for the recommendation.

Ricotta and cottage cheese free lasagna?

Would lasagna bolognese be of interest - it uses a bolognese sauce and Bechamel (White) Sauce? I have made Marcella Hazan's Lasagna many times and I love it.

Jul 09, 2015
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Franks's Seafood in Jessup, Md. closed - does anyone know if this is permanent?

Wild Seafood has opened in Frank's location. Looks and smells better and had an excellent variety.
7901 Oceano Ave, Jessup, MD 20794
(443) 661-4923

Where to get a pig head in the DMV?

Copper Penny Farm has nice pork and though they do not list the head for sale, you could call. Very nice people.

7510 Race Road,
Hanover, MD 21076

HELP - Dinner for vegetarians and carnivores

Could you refine area, price range, liquor preferences (if it matters), and your transportation requirements? - that would help us give you the best recommendations.

Meats & Foods in DC - Report

Half smoke was great and just as you said with a nice kick and I added peppers and onions, and chili. Nice, but I am not a big fan of the roll. I know it is traditional, but it needs a better/different kind.
There was street parking around the corner so it was easy and they serve beer and wine.

for ease http://www.meatsandfoods.com/
247 Florida Ave. NW
Washington DC 20001
Open Wed–Sun

Help needed: Bethesda for a smallish group

Thanks for the report. Hope some of us can help next time - sorry.

seeking suggestions for American w/ private room

Maybe something in Pike and Rose development? I have not been to most of the places, but it seems like it would have rooms, etc. City Perch might be a good place to start. You didn't give a price point which may help keep the search on track.

Frozen passion fruit pulp

ShopRite had them a few weeks ago when I was at the Silver Spring store. (I know that is a long ride) I used to get it at Lotte a long time ago and then they stopped carrying it. I would try the big Asian grocery stores like Grand Mart - but I have not seen it there nor looked for it - the big Asian stores around me also support the Latin community.)

What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

oh my - I hope it is not as good as it probably will be. Thanks.

May 15, 2015
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Bullfrog Bagels - liked the Bagels and the Sandwiches, but I forgot to get a bialy

I went Wednesday at 11am and found parking easy. I got a Pastrami Egg $7.00 - (no cheese for me). They put on a Sriracha Aioli that was a good spicy contribution. I had not really wanted Aioli with pastrami, but to my surprise it worked. The pastrami was thinly sliced and the egg was cooked a little weird (it was a hard "fried" egg which was very hard in some places (too hard for me) and less so in others), but it all was good together.

Also tasted: The Oriole $8.50 Hot Baltimore Brisket, Muenster & Jus although I am did not like that there was cheese (I often do not like cheese with an already "rich" meat. It was a "Jewish" type brisket to me of course not BBQ or Texas, but very tasty. Not fatty nor a lot of seasoning, but tender and moist. I usually don't like Bagel sandwiches - I find the ratio wrong, but these were good. Nest time the salmon.

I had a Bagel with my breakfast today and it was great. I had frozen it and reheated it in the oven and then split and toasted - wonderful.

Nice staff.

from website:

Bullfrog Bagels
1341 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. / Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Suggestions to improve this bread (which is already pretty good)

What brand of bread flour?

May 12, 2015
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New BBQ place in North Bethesda / Rockville

There was no "Texas" in description of the beef in this sandwich unless I am missing something. When I looked at menu, I only saw a different sandwich with "Sliced Texas-style beef."

New BBQ place in North Bethesda / Rockville

I stopped for lunch to-go today. It was about 11:30 and I was the only customer. I got Hill Country | $12.99 - Hand sliced moist rubbed brisket on an egg glazed kaiser roll - it came with a sweetish cole slaw. It was good, moist, and tender. There was no fat. The sweet potato fries had no salt and did not travel, even a few blocks, well.

Mare Nostrum in Fells Point: odd name, good food

Sounds great - it is new? It looks like it is open for lunch as well as dinner. Thanks. I just looked it up and they seem to be having a special dinner tomorrow.

716 S Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland

Washington, D.C. Trip Report [Long]

Nice reviews. Thanks.

Beefalo Bob's Pit Beef

Closed for renovation when I stopped by today.

Temporarily Closed for Renovations.
Will Re-open Soon!
Please visit us at our Sports Bar & Grill location at 8015 Ft Smallwood Rd for all your same favorites. Offering quick carryout orders by visit or by calling 410-360-3500 x

Taqueria El Mexicano -- Hyattsville

This time thanks for the pork in adobo - tender, moist, and delicious. A tamal I had was just ok - so no one thinks everything there is great.

Taqueria El Mexicano -- Hyattsville

Thanks. Mole poblano was wonderful.

Figs Mediterranean Cafe, Moroccan in Palisades - Report

The smells pouring out of this place were amazing when I stopped in the other day and got some great take out. The eggplant Zaalouk, Bulgar Pilaf, and Baba Ghannouj were terrific. The Baba was light on tahini and generous on garlic, not pureed as much as mashed eggplant - I loved it. The flaky, flat, round bread they had was great as well - when heated in an oven, it was crisp and chewy with a wonderful richness. The chicken tagine was good with peas and sweet potatoes - carefully prepared so each component was perfectly cooked

I was not as great a fan of the phyllo filled with cheese, spinach, or beef (called Fatayer, I believe). Maybe they were not as fresh as they could have been (I usually ask what is most recently made, but I guess I got distracted by all the wonderful smells) and could be great on the day they were made. Their mujadara (lentils, rice, and caramelized onions) was also not for me although I have liked that dish elsewhere. I did not like the taste or the texture, but maybe reheating was the problem.

Friendly place and excellent find. Thanks.

DCity Smokehouse BBQ

Amazing brisket today that was plenty moist, tender, and wonderfully fatty . The ribs were a wee salty. Thanks.

eggplant Parmesan

You are not using mozzarella and parm? Hazan's recipe: grated parm and cubed mozzarella.

I am confused as well - I would have thought that in the style of parm usually included parmesan especially for this dish.

Sorry, if I am misunderstanding.

Apr 01, 2015
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Bread Furst Bakery open - lively, pleasant, and

I had a cruller today and it was wonderful. The hot cross bun had a really nice taste, but was just a tad dry to me.

Noodle King Restaurant in Coleville/Silver Spring

Finally tried this place and thought it was very good. Loved the shrimp dumplings in their soup. The Hong Kong fish was very nicely fried and topped with ground pork and onions. Nicely done. although I would like more heat and garlic - next time.

The place was very friendly.

Summer House off Rockville Pike - baked goods- very good

Oh I thought it was just me - I knew people from "North Potomac" - ha.

I went back and the blackberry bran muffin remains the best thing I've had. They seem to have an obsession with marshmallows now (in rice krispie stuff in various forms and in brownies and blondies) which is not a love of mine and therefore I did not try. I did have a salted butter pecan cookie which was chewy - nice, but not exceptional. Salted and marshmallow is a lot of trendy. There were only a couple of items like gingerbread cookies and apple oatmeal cookies as well as the English Muffins that were there both times.

tropical muffins

Those look good. Love that combination.

Mar 21, 2015
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Summer House off Rockville Pike - baked goods- very good

Saturday, I went to Summer House in North Bethesda (I call it Rockville) just off Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road and got some bakery items to go. (It was written about in the Post recently.) I had a lovely Blackberry Bran Muffin (it was on the sweet side and too rich for anything to be healthy about) it, really tasty. The English Muffin was chewy and wonderful and nothing like any English Muffin I have had. Tomorrow I will find out if their EMs are good toasted.

There was a active Brunch going on as well.

There is two hour free parking in the garage there.


NYE dessert suggestions needed


Dec 26, 2014
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