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Easy but delicious - weekday lunch off of I-95/ I-495/I-270

Try Tortacos in Gaithersburg. Close to 270, right off 355. Great authentic LA/Mexican tacos at fair prices. Super fresh ingredients and everything is homemade. You'll eat well and support a family operated business.

9629 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

wedding cakes

Try contacting L'Academie de Cuisine's professional school. Many of their pastry program graduates make cakes freelance.

Quick Taco report - TECC & La Placita

If you are ever in Gaithersburg, check out Tortacos by Lakeforest Mall. They are in the same plaza as H Mart, at the intersection of Lost Knife and Odenhal.

Taco options include Al Pastor, Carnitas, Lengua, Asada, Pollo and Lingua. They also have tortas, salads, sopes and burritos. Everything is really fresh. Even their guac and chips are homemade.

This is a local family owned business. They are actually from LA so they know what they are doing. They have weekly specials--updated on their Facebook page. Excellent prices for quality food.

9629 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Meals for less than $5 in Gaithersburg/Germantown/Rockville area

Check out Tortacos on Lost Knife Road. They are authentic Mexican tacos like you get in LA.

9629 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Specialty shaped cakes in MoCo? maybe NoVa

It's not very hard to make one using a Wilton's pan or a square cake and 2 rounds. It's hard to find a good custom cake without spending a small fortune.

Just a thought--you might try calling L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg to see if one of their professional pastry students would do one freelance for you. That would definitely cost less than a pro shop. (301) 670-8670 ‎

Back up place for brunch with a crowd (and kids) in Silver Spring?

The Daily Dish on Grubb Rd (same strip mall as Parkway Deli) accepts reservations on Open Table so you don't even have to wait.

The Daily Dish
8301 A Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Corporate Holiday Party

CulinAerie cooking class! They keep the wine flowing during class. You can probably upgrade to cocktails too.

1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Need suggestions for gift certificate in NW DC

In Cleveland Park, I would suggest either Dino or Palena. Both nice restaurants. For $25 she can have a cocktail and a couple of appetizers. For something more casual, 2 Amys--wood fired pizza-- is good.

3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Two Amys
3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Whole Ducks in DC/NOVA?

I have seen ducks at Giant this week.

Work holiday party with "fun" and private dining??

Definitely check out CulinAerie. They custom design classes for private groups. They even work with a trainer that can provide team building sessions.

1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Work holiday party with "fun" and private dining??

My office had a party at Lucky Strike in Gallery Place. Our group was about 35 people. We had 3 lanes and a private seating area.

Chinese egg noodles where? Whole foods?

China Boy in Chinatown has fresh noodles. Otherwise, you can buy dry ones in the Chinese grocery stores.

China Boy
817 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001


I haven't been there in a while but Woodmoor Bakery in Four Corners (Colesville Rd and University Blvd) had old fashioned cookies. I get rugulah from either Parkway Deli in Silver Spring or Shalom Strictly Kosher in Wheaton.

Woodmoor Pastry Shop
10127 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Shalom Strictly Kosher
2307 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD

Parkway Deli & Restaurant
8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Breakfast in/near Silver Spring, College Park

The Daily Dish (next to Parkway Deli) on Grubb Road (off East West Hwy, between Conn Ave and 16th St) serves breakfast/brunch Friday-Sunday.

The Daily Dish
8301 A Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Equinox, Blue Duck Tavern, Corduroy or something else?

I highly recommend Corduroy. I have never had a bad meal there. The chef-owner is actually present so the quality is consistently good.

1122 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Good casual meeting place for a drink in DC?

The Passenger is terrific. Even better if you can get a reservation to their inner bar, The Columbia room. The owner-bartender, Derick Brown is a a whiz at cool and classic cocktails.

The Passenger Bar
1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Soup Kitchens in DC

Here are some places that can use your help year round.

Food & Friends
DC Central Kitchen
So Others Might Eat (SOME)

Also, check with Greater DC Cares for other volunteer opportunities.

Where can I buy Lan Chi Chili Paste with garlic?

Yes, Grand Mart is Korean. There is some crossover in products but if the OP is looking for a specific brand, the odds of finding it in a Chinese store is higher.

Grand Mart
6255 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312

Chinese caterer?

I agree with Rich. A restaurant would be much easier and still reasonably priced if you ask for a group/banquet menu. Another option China Chefs in Columbia--right off Rt 29 by Columbia Mall.

China Chefs
10801 Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD 21044

Blue Ribbon BBQ in Rockville?

BF and I have been there a couple of times. The fried and loaded hotdog is disturbingly good. The pulled pork and baby back ribs are good too. Owners are very friendly and fun. I would definitely go back there.

Blue Ribbon Bbq
7206 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20855

Beef Wellington

Wow, that's old school. The only place I can think of is Normandie Farm in Potomac.

Normandie Farm
10710 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Best place for lunch ON THE WAY TO Deep Creek?

I second Schmankerl Stube in historic Hagerstown. I also like the Crabby Pig in Cumberland.

Bye Bye Morty's

That's too bad. I used to work down the road. Some days, I just needed some comfort food. I was just there last Tuesday. Good thing I stopped by when I had a chance.

Dinner rec for Sat? - Farm/table-ish, near public trans

Where are you staying? Do you want something in DC proper or are nearby suburbs (by Metro) okay?

I tried Redwood in Bethesda last week and really enjoyed it. They emphasize seasonal and local ingredients. In fact, they work with Bethesda Central Farm Market.

If you want downtown, Equinox was one of the first to do seasonal/local food. Founding Farmers has good food but service is inconsistent.

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Redwood Restaurant
7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

Equinox - DC
818 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20006

Bethesda Central Farm Market
Elm St, Bethesda, MD

Weekday lunch in Woodley Park/Cleveland Park

A little further up is Acacia Bistro. They have had pretty good reviews and it would count as a white tablecloth place.

Acacia Bistro
4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Gifford's Ice Cream: "72% Chocolate Chip" WHAT HAPPENED?!

Go to York Castle in Rockville. They have the original Gifford's formula ice cream plus amazing tropical flavors.

York Castle Ice Cream
827 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

Cool Venue for Annual Planning Meeting-Lunch/DC

Are you looking to do team building too? If so, CulinAerie works with a coach who does cooking team building classes. Lots of fun and you can eat the results. Definitely not rubber chicken.

1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Largest wine store in the area

If you happen to be near Chevy Chase Circle, drop in to Magruder's Wine and Liquor shop. They are not the largest store but their manager, Ben, is fantastic. He is a CIA trained chef with extensive experience in wine purchasing. He can certainly steer you toward whatever style you are looking for.

Magruder's Wine and Spririts
5626 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C., DC 20015

Where to find ready-to-eat chiar shu?

You can also find it at Eat First in Chinatown.

Eat First Restaurant
609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

A good butcher in Adelphi/College Park/Silver Spring areas?

Dutch Country Farmers Market in Laurel (used to be in Burtonsville) has a good meat vendor and a good poultry vendor. They also have a lot of cooked foods.