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2 (actually 3) little-known gems in Rockville

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2 (actually 3) little-known gems in Rockville

Lauryn | Nov 26, 2003 08:38 PM

Soups On, on Gude Dr., is only open M-F 11-3, but oh what delicious homemade soups! They usually have ~5-6 but they gradually run out. And I don't mean the usual chicken noodle, beef barley or tomato. I got there at 2 yesterday (3 soups left) & indulged in some delish African peanut soup - hooray, it did NOT taste like peanut butter. They also have salads, sandwiches, chips, sodas. Quite cheap too. I'm definitely going back. They right across from the roller rink, and around the corner from the Wonderbread outlet where you can stock up on Twinkies, Ho-Hos, for 1/2 price.

Great Harvest Bakery on N Washington St. has wonderful breads, cookies (Washingtonian mag recently singled out their choc. chip ones), pastries. And they generously offer thick cuts of different breads slathered with margerine as samples. Closed Sundays. Please note that this shopping center (which incl. Giuseppi's pizza, Magruder's, Hiro Sushi & the nifty Made By You paint pottery place) will be torn down in February and all the stores have or will either re-locate or close forever. Great Harvest is moving elsewhere in Rockville, exact location TBA. Vignola used to be there - anybody know if or where it moved to? The city is kicking out these long-time, money-making but modest tenants so Rockville can rebuild the location into an upper-end retail place, with pricey chain restaurants that charge $15 a plate. Oh, and expensive condos too...

Also, down the street is terrific Kam Sam Oriental Market, which includes a bakery, a steam table with prepared foods (lots of them are not Westernized stuff) and a counter serving boba, shaved ice and milk teas. The store is spotless & very organized, the staff very helpful.

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