Wife and myself just moved to Silver Spring. We're New York food snobs. We live right near the intersection of University Blvd. and Franklin. We're looking for recommendations for really good restaurants within striking distance (no more than a 15/20-minute drive) of where we live. We know about Samantha's and Santucci's Deli on University. Doesn't have to be glamorous (in fact, it's better if it's not); just has to be good, food- and service-wise. Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican -- just about anything.
Anything you knowledgeable folks can suggest will be greatly appreciated.
Also -- where is the best place to buy beer in the 'hood (it's getting to be summer...) -- good selection and prices?