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Steve | Mar 10, 201908:34 AM    

Beltsville has a lot of potential for the intrepid Chowhound, and I hit up three places I've never been to. I actually did very well not only in finding some good food but in not overeating. I took it kind of easy.....

First up was Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Gus's started off in a small town in West Tennessee, expanded to Memphis, and now has quite a few locations in the South. It is spicy fried chicken. I ordered one breast.

I was impressed with how moist and delicious it was. I was not impressed that it was served room temperature. This is a table service place, and I was expecting it hotter. The waitress said they were frying chicken right now and that it wouldn't take long, but I might have been served the last of the old stuff. Comparing it to Popeye's, the chicken breast I had was a lot smaller. I liked the flavor much better than Popeye's spicy, but I'd prefer Popeye's mild. Also, the chicken here is not cheap.

Next up was kalguksu at Myoung Dong. There is a much more famous Korean-Chinese restaurant up the street that has homemade noodles, but they don't have kalguksu on the menu. Kalguksu is noodles in a clear broth, often served with clams, and that's the version I ordered. The broth was peppery (think white pepper) and delicious, with scallions, jalapeños, and a few shreds of zucchini or similar. Also a generous amount of clams in the shell. The noodles were served softer than I like, though, so not completely successful. I had about one quarter of the gigantic bowl and packed up the rest.

Final stop was El Quetzal for Guatemalan food. The quetzal, a very beautiful and rare bird, is the national symbol of Guatemala, and it's also the name of the currency. look it up if you've never seen a picture.

Since I was pretty full by this time, I got one chuchito and one piece of plantain stuffed with black beans. The chuchito is a small tamale stuffed with chicken in a pale orange salsa, and it is served with more salsa for dipping as well as mayo and some grated parmesan (like from Kraft). The salsa is extra mild and provides a nice hint of flavor. The stuffed plantain was very sweet and gooey and delicious. Both were very satisfying.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Myoung Dong Restaurant
El Quetzal Restaurant
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