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Good Thai in Montgomery County, Laurel or Columbia?

Thanks for the suggestions. I just found out there's a Thai place in Germantown -- Sabai Sabai. Anyone been there?

Feb 10, 2013
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Good Thai in Montgomery County, Laurel or Columbia?

Last time I was there, which was quite a while ago, the chairs were hard as rocks. At the time the food was very good, but I've heard that the food has changed.

Feb 07, 2013
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Good Thai in Montgomery County, Laurel or Columbia?

Looking for a good but not too expensive place where a group of four can have a weekday leisurely late lunch or early dinner without feeling rushed. We're coming from various directions so anything from Wheaton to Columbia will work. Would also consider Chinese -- I like New Kam Fong but welcome any other suggestions. The Birthday Girl would really prefer Thai, though. Went to Benjarong two years ago and it was really good, but I'm hearing that it's not the same now. I like Ruan Thai, but I think the chairs are a bit uncomfortable for a lengthy stay.

TIA for any recommendations.

Feb 07, 2013
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Whole Foods wines in Maryland?

I'm in Silver Spring. Where's the nearest Whole Foods that sells wine? Do I have to go to DC or Virginia?

Feb 27, 2011
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HELP!?! New to Silver Spring/Aspen Hill/Rockville/Wheaton with nothing to eat!

What's good at Noodle King? I've driven past it and wondered about it. How does it measure up to the Chinese places in Wheaton (New Kam Fong, etc.). I just looked at NK's on-line menu and the Stuffed Shrimp in Tofu, Eggplant & Mushroom w. Black Bean Sauce sounded intriguing.

Feb 11, 2011
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Lunch at or near Omni Shoreham?

Thanks again for all of the suggestions. There were a lot of good options (the hotel was closer to the metro and restaurants than I thought), but as it turned out, my friend didn't want to leave the hotel -- or her room, for that matter. We ended up ordering room service. The food was better than I expected, but of course it was pricey. It think it was $13 for a grilled cheese sandwich.

Feb 11, 2011
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Lunch at or near Omni Shoreham?

Thanks for all of the responses. I really don't want to go to a place that's likely to be crowded and have a long wait. I'm meeting a friend I haven't seen in over 30 years, so we need someplace where we can linger, and that's not too noisy, so we can chat.

I did search several other threads, but the restaurants discussed were either too far away, too fancy, and/or too expensive. I'm currently unemployed, so I can't go crazy with the moolah.

I was hoping there'd be some simple sandwich joint near the Omni, but maybe it's too upscale an area to have places like that. I fear I may be out of luck. I'm not even finding a Panera, Cosi, or Au Bon Pain in the area.

I wonder if there's a bar nearby that would work ... a quiet one that has a sandwich menu ...

Jan 25, 2011
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Lunch at or near Omni Shoreham?

I'll be meeting a friend at the Omni on a Saturday afternoon. We're looking for a lunch place that's a very short walking distance (within a couple of blocks) of the Omni, or possibly within the Omni itself (if they have such a place). The walking distance issue is not negotiable (no driving, no Metro, no taxis, no long hikes).

And it needs to be a place that has non-spicy options. Things like grilled cheese sandwiches would be good. Soups would be a plus. We just need a place where we can comfortably sit and chat while we eat.

Any suggestions?

Jan 24, 2011
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What's good at Matchbox?

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. We had the sliders and a veggie pizza. Both were very good, but I was practically swooning in ecstasy over the sliders and the accompanying enormous mound of onion strings.

We had the doughnuts for dessert, and polished them off. They reminded me of the loukoumades I loved on my trips to Greece (but so far haven't found locally except for once at a Greek church festival), with the espresso sauce standing in for the Greek honey.

I'd order those sliders again any time. They were cooked exactly as ordered (medium rare) and were the best sliders I've ever had.

Sometime I do want to try the crabcake or the crab-crusted rockfish -- that sounded intriguing. I should have asked how they managed to crab-encrust a rockfish ...

Jan 05, 2011
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What's good at Matchbox?

Planning a visit to Matchbox in Rockville. What's particularly good there? Can't eat spicy food, but I'm game for anything else.

Jan 04, 2011
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Good Thai in Rockville?

Good point. Assuming that Benjarong serves wine, that's probably where we'll go.

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Benjarong Restaurant
885 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Oct 06, 2010
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Good Thai in Rockville?

Thanks to all for the suggestions. It'll probably be either Amina Thai or Benjarong.

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Benjarong Restaurant
885 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Amina Thai Restaurant
5065 Nicholson Ln, Rockville, MD 20852

Oct 05, 2010
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Good Thai in Rockville?

Looking for a good Thai place in Rockville where two people can have a long leisurely dinner without feeling rushed.. Doesn't need to be real exotic -- I usually stick with Pad Thai or Pad See Ew. (Can't eat spicy food.)

Oct 04, 2010
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Restaurants near Bethesda Doubletree?

Thanks for all the responses. Turned out that the vegetarian had already been instructed to go to Shangri-La by her son. It was a good choice, although the food was a little spicy for me.

Jun 11, 2010
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Restaurants near Bethesda Doubletree?

Thanks for your response. I'm not a salad eater (I prefer less healthy options), so that's out. Falafel truck is too casual.

I've been to Jaleo, but as my husband had warned me before we went there (he'd been there before), we spent a lot of money but were still hungry when we left.

Vietnamese would be good. Trying to find out which restaurant it is.

Jun 10, 2010
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Restaurants near Bethesda Doubletree?

Looking for restaurant suggestions in Bethesda, preferably walking distance from the Doubletree hotel (8120 Wisconsin).

Something casual and not too expensive. Ethnic is good. One of the diners is a vegetarian, so I was thinking Asian might be a good option. Only other prohibition is that one of us can't handle hot spicy food.

Suggestions?

Thanks.

Jun 10, 2010
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Brunch in Rockville

A third vote for Clyde's. Had brunch there today (Eggs Chesapeake, yum!).

You can go to clydes.com, select Tower Oaks, and check out their brunch and lunch menus to get an idea of their offerings and prices.

You'd probably want to make reservations -- the joint is always jumpin'.

Jan 17, 2010
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What to order at New Kam Fong?

I'm planning my second visit to New Kam Fong, and am looking for suggestions as to what to order.

I can't eat spicy, fatty, or oily foods. I eat beef, pork, chicken and seafood (except for squid, mussels, and the like). I especially love shrimp.

On my first visit, I ordered the wonton soup -- the wontons were FABULOUS but the soup was very oily. Didn't finish it but it still made me sick.

I ordered a noodle dish (I love noodles), but it was kind of ordinary. Skinny noodles with small bits of pork and vegetables.

So, given my food taboos, what should I order next time?

Jan 16, 2010
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Cheap, quiet ethnic restaurants in Montgomery County?

Thanks to all for the suggestions. I was at Matamoros last night and popped into New Kam Fong to pick up a menu. We're going to try it on our next outing.

Los Chorros -- I think I went there many years ago. Is it down a flight of steps? Or am I thinking of someplace else? They had really good tamales.

Oct 13, 2009
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Cheap, quiet ethnic restaurants in Montgomery County?

Looking for Asian, Middle Eastern or Latino restaurants in Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton ...

Would like to find places with a relatively low noise level, and where we can have a leisurely weeknight dinner without feeling rushed. Don't need a full bar, but do need wine.

We already know about Ruan Thai, Nava Thai and Kabob n Kahari.

TIA.

Oct 11, 2009
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Breakfast in Silver Spring?

I like Nick's -- it was the first place I thought of -- but I haven't been there in a long time and can't remember if they have tables big enough for five people ... do they?

Jul 13, 2009
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Breakfast in Silver Spring?

Parkway Deli! Of course! Why didn't I think of that? We'll probably go there. It shouldn't be too crowded on a weekday morning.

The others on the list are good possibilities, too. But I didn't know the General Store did breakfast ...

Jul 13, 2009
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Breakfast in Silver Spring?

Visitors coming from out of town, we're looking for a place where we can take them out to breakfast on weekdays. Hoping for something better than IHOP or Denny's, but casual and moderately priced.

Needs to be in or very close to Silver Spring because of scheduling/transportation issues.

Any suggestions?

Jul 11, 2009
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Good casual Asian in Frederick?

Thanks! Sounds like both are good bets.

Apr 24, 2009
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Good casual Asian in Frederick?

Are there are any good casual Asian restaurants in Frederick? Casual as in jeans and sneakers. Thai preferred.

If not, what are some other good casual places for a Sunday lunch?

Apr 24, 2009
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Dining at Dino's

You were right about the tomata panna cotta. We had 7 people in our group, so we ordered several appetizers to pass around. Two of us really loved the panna cotta (everyone else was ambivalent), so we had most of it to ourselves. Everyone shared the polenta and roasted winter veggies, which were both good, although I would have preferred less cheese on the polenta (it just seemed to taste overwhelmingly of cheese). And I had the mushroom duck soup, which I LOVED.

When Dean started describing the specials, he had me at Golden Tile Fish. I really liked the fish, but thought the accompanying rice/veggie dish was a bit bland. My husband had the wild boar -- I stole several forkfuls. It was delicious -- I would have sworn it was beef. Didn't taste porky to me.

We were all too full for dessert, but that's never stopped me. (LOL) I had the gelato trio. Liked the cinnamon, wasn't crazy about the cranberry, LOVED the chocolate.

All in all, a very enjoyable meal. Even the bread was great. Next time, I won't load up on appetizers and will save some room for one of the fancier desserts. The apple torte thing looked great when I saw a server whisk by with one.

Thanks to all for the suggestions.

Jan 20, 2009
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Dining at Dino's

Weird. I know I wrote a response and thought I posted it, but I'm not seeing it. Anyway, I'm intrigued by the wild boar. What's boar like?

And the polenta sounds great. That's a starter, right?

Jan 16, 2009
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Dining at Dino's

The mushroom soup sounds great. I don't see fritto misto on the menu. But I think I'll have lots of other good choices.

Jan 16, 2009
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Dining at Dino's

Okay, that's two votes for the wild boar. Burrata sounds interesting too. And I'll check the specials.

Jan 16, 2009
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Dining at Dino's

What's good at Dino's? I don't drink, so I don't need to know about their fabulous wine list.

Is casual dress appropriate? Is parking gonna be next to impossible?

Mallomar

Jan 16, 2009
Mallomar in Washington DC & Baltimore