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The best restaurant in Olney closes


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The best restaurant in Olney closes

a1234 | Feb 5, 2010 08:26 AM

I know, there is not much competition there. Even most knowledgeable diners have never heard of it, but the best restaurant in Olney (maybe along with Mannequin Pis) has unfortunately closed. That's Aroma, located on Georgia Ave. near Rt 108. It featured good Peruvian food at very reasonable prices.
For those who never dined there, Aroma had terrific ceviche, tasty nice-sized apps (all at half price at happy hour), good cocktails ($4 for a nice pisco sour at happy hour), good main courses and great specials every day. It's sad that overrated overpriced places like Jaleo get such great press, while real chef-run restaurants are ignored. But I suppose there is little room for authentic ethnic places in some of the family-oriented burbs. Olney has every pizza franchise you can name and lots of mediocre restaurants serving standard American food that anyone can easily prepare at home. Taking over Aroma's space is the Olney Tavern, now featuring $8 hamburgers and your basic $16 chicken platters. Not progress.

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