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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

I love you, Redfish. You typed exactly what I was thinking.

Aug 02, 2015
siamesechin in Features

Bethesda with Kids?

Bob, that's GREAT your kids will eat anything. That said, pretty much every place in Bethesda is family-friendly and welcomes children because there are SO MANY families in the Bethesda area with small children. The suggestions that Pepeto and Terrie provided you are excellent. I'd like to add a couple of notes.

For Indian, I suggest A Passage to India. It's pricey, but one of the best Indian restaurants in the area, in my opinion. 4931 Cordell Ave.

Faryab for Afghani cuisine. This is a smaller, casual restaurant that serves excellent food. There are kebabs and samosas, and other kid-friendly eats here. A little on the pricey side though. 4917 Cordell Ave

For amazing sandwiches, go to Jetties. 4829 Fairmont Ave, in the triangle. The Nantucket-themed eatery has a variety of sandwiches. They use oven-roasted, hand-carved turkey off a real whole turkey breast. Their Thanksgiving sandwich, The Nobadeer, is DELICIOUS. Their soups are also worth making into part of your meal, especially the clam chowder.

Bold Bite is a hot dog place, on Fairmont. Good hot dogs, different types of weiners and sausages, different toppings. Really good fries here. Pretty good food. 4901 Fairmont Ave

Tout de Suite is a patisserie on Woodmont Avenue, right across the street from Jetties. They sell French sweets, like macarons, cakes, pastries. YUM. 7831 Woodmont Ave

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions.

In search of truly authentic Thai restaurant....

Steve, you're so RIGHT about the shake up in the Nava Thai kitchen! I went there twice and had amazingly delicious meals. The third and fourth visits were very disappointing. I found out that the owner taught his son-in-law the kitchen ropes, but apparently the SIL doesn't have the same magical touch. Later on, the owners taught other employees the recipes, but the employees refuse to cook the way the original chefs taught them!! How blasphemous of these employees!! If you decide to try it out, do what my parents did last time they went there: call the restaurant and ask if Ladavan (the wife/co-owner) is cooking. Make sure she is THERE when you get there. My parents brought home leftovers and I had to try really hard to control myself to not inhale it all. Ladavan's cooking is delicious.

Nava Thai Restaurant
11315 Fern St, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Where might I find chocolate bread in the MD/DC area?

Thank you again, everyone, for all the great suggestions! My mother stopped by Great Harvest Bakery in Rockville the other day and picked up a delicious pumpkin chocolate chip loaf. It is truly moist and decadent. I guess this satisfied her chocolate bread craving (for now!).

Where might I find chocolate bread in the MD/DC area?

Thanks everyone, for your replies. I'm going to give that chocolate cherry a try--I have to wait until the first Saturday in October though! I'll keep looking. Thanks again, everyone!

Non authentic pizza in dc

Vince and Dominic's in Bethesda. It's behind Montgomery Mall, in the same little strip mall as Five Guys. Last time I ate there, the pizza was good, but not "authentic". It was very cheesy, and the crust was kind of bready. It was a satisfying pizza, but remember to order it with extra cheese.

Where might I find chocolate bread in the MD/DC area?

reiflame and cheesepowder: My apologies for not being more specific. I've asked my mother, and she said "like a regular bread, but with cocoa in the dough." I know I've come across this sort of bread before, but it has been a long time and I cannot recall where I saw it.

cheesepowder-- I LOVE chocolate babka. I think the best chocolate babka I've ever had was from Breads Unlimited in Bethesda.

Breads Unlimited
6914 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD

Where might I find chocolate bread in the MD/DC area?

Hello fellow Chowhounders! My mother has come down with a craving for chocolate bread. She told me she had some delicious chocolate bread a few years ago, but couldn't remember exactly where she bought it. I've tried calling around to some local bakeries, but no luck. Does anyone know where I might find some chocolate bread, please? Southern Montgomery county would be ideal, but I won't be choosy. Thank you!

Restaurants Everyone Loves Except You

Mia's Pizzas in Bethesda. Did not live up to the hype for me. I should have gone to Faryab across the street for some solid, always delicious Afghan food.

4917 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

8 Things That Will Piss Off Your Bartender

Unbelievable! I agree with JonParker, this article shouts "HEY, quite being a tool!!" How HARD is it to not act like a self-centered jerk in a bar BEFORE one has had a few?

May 31, 2010
siamesechin in Features

Georgetown Bagelry on M Street Closed!!! Where do I get Great NY-style Bagels, now?

I've lived in either Bethesda or North Bethesda for the past 20+ years, and I have to say that Ize's has the most delicious bagels and sandwiches. I LOVE their tuna salad on a sesame bagel with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Also, their whitefish salad is DE-licious! When I was in high school, I went to Bethesda Bagels on Bethesda Avenue for my bagels. They were good--very large, chewy bagels. For some reason, my preferences have changed. These days, I prefer Ize's bagels. They aren't big ginormous bagels, but they are so chewy and delicious. They are the perfect size for me. When I was pregnant with my one year old son, I ate at least three sandwiches a week from Ize's, and bought a baker's dozen of bagels and their veggie and lox cream cheeses there once a week. If you don't mind schlepping out to Rockville Pike OR getting off at White Flint metro (it's across the street from Ize's), a delicious meal and good service can be enjoyed. I highly recommend it!

Anybody catch Throwdown with Mark Israel of Doughnut Plant?

I saw the rerun a few weeks ago. I thought Mark Isreal seemed almost overly neurotic and perhaps like he has a form of general anxiety disorder. He also was REALLY rude and immature when he tasted Bobby Flay's donut "It's doughy," he barked. Bobby looked like he was taken aback. I was really embarrassed for him.

Apr 25, 2010
siamesechin in Food Media & News