Hi—my students and I are compiling a list of restaurants to recommend that are walking distance to the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Silver Spring for an upcoming scientific meeting starting this Saturday. This is what we have drafted, but, really need your help in completing the list. Are there any of these that we should absolutely drop (e.g., we have dropped Nicaro’s since has changed chefs)? Any that we have missed? Thanks so much!
Addis Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant - 8233 Fenton St
For traditional Ethiopian dining, good for vegetarians, try the coffee ceremony or honey wine
Adega Wine Cellars & Cafe - 8519 Fenton St
For lunch and dinner, great salads, wines, other - Sat night specials; week-night happy hour
CakeLove - 935 Ellsworth Dr
See what the controversy is all about—some rave about their dense cupcakes with thick buttercream, others hate them!
Ceviche - 921-J Ellsworth Dr
For lunch and dinner, Latin American fusion fares
Crisfields Seafood Restaurant – 8210 Georgia Avenue
A Silver Spring landmark
Crisp & Juicy - 1314 East-West Hwy
Peruvian style charbroiled chicken
Cubano's Restaurant - 1201 Fidler Ln
For lunch and dinner, good Cuban food, some outdoor seating. Try the sopa de platano and the ropa vieja dishes
Da Marco Ristorante Italiano - 8662 Colesville Rd
For good sandwiches at lunch, Washingtonian Magazine “Cheap Eats 2009”
Eggspectation Restaurant - 923 Ellsworth Dr
For good red velvet cake and the local Smith Island cake
Ghar-E-Kabab - 944 Wayne Ave.
Highland Origin Coffee – 8200 Fenton Street
For excellent coffee and pastries
Jackie's Restaurant - 8081 Georgia Ave.
Eclectic American cooking, try the skillet-fried chicken, Washingtonian Magazine “100 Best Restaurants 2009”
Kefa Café - 963 Bonifant St
For breakfast and lunch, Ethiopian coffee house - pastries, quiche, sandwiches, gelato ... friendly, comfortable
Lebanese Taverna Cafe - 933 Ellsworth Dr
Good for lunch, try the demi-mezza
Lotus Café - 8077 Georgia Avenue
Vietnamese with outdoor seating
Mandalay’s – Bonifant Street
For lunch and dinner, good Burmese food, Vegetarian/Vegan, extremely good cocktails, Washingtonian Magazine “Cheap Eats 2009”
McGinty's Public House - 911 Ellsworth Dr
For good atmosphere and food
Mi Rancho Restaurant - 8701 Ramsey Ave
For lunch and dinner, good Mexican food with outdoor seating
Moorenko’s – Georgia Avenue
Excellent hand-made ice-cream
Olazzo’s – Georgia Avenue
Limited menu but excellent Italian food. The calamari and chicken parmesan are great!
Oriental East - 1312 East-West Hwy.
Get here early on Sunday for Dim Sum (opens at 11 am)
Quarry House Tavern - 8401 Georgia Ave
For good local microbrews and hamburgers – Monday night half-price hamburgers
Ray's the Classics - 8606 Colesville Rd.
If your parents are paying… Steakhouse, Washingtonian Magazine “100 Best Restaurants 2009”
Sabroso Grill - 8624 Colesville Rd
For good Bolivian salteñas (beef, chicken, or vegetable turnovers), and Peruvian grilled chicken
Sergio's Ristorante Italiano - 8727 Colesville Rd.
Local family run favorite, try the homemade pastas, fruta de mer and tiramisu
A Taste of Jerusalem - 8123 Georgia Ave.
Family run Middle Eastern
Taste of Morocco - 8661 Colesville Rd
For good belly dancing in the evenings
Thai at Silver Spring - 921-E Ellsworth Dr
For lunch and dinner, great Thai food
Thai Derm - 939 Bonifant St.
Whole Foods Market – 833 Wayne Avenue
Great for salad bar