i don't know how the formatting will work out, but i compiled a spreadsheet with last year's recommendations for (and against) in the takoma park, silver spring, wheaton areas. (and added my own votes)
Does anyone have reactions or changes?
WHERE IS QUARRY HOUSE and is it still open?
in favor restaurant
1 Addis Abbaba Ethiopian,
2 Adega Winecellars, at Fenton & Ellsworth is a gem . It's an attractive wine shop with some tables for self-serve dining and drinking. The best thing is M-F from 4-8 they have a happy hour with $5 appetizers like panini and calamari, and $2.75-$3 bottled beers and glasses of wine.
Adega...next to the Whole Foods, this place has some good sandwiches and salads, and happy hour priced beer and wine everyday.
1 Azucar I absolutely loved Azucar restaurant. The food was fantastic. The kitchen can take a little long sometimes, but it is well worth the wait. The chef takes great pride in his work, and it shows in his food.
Azucar is OK, though can be noisy due to the design of the building. El Napalito I prefer El Napalito because of more seafood choices and a much better chili relleno.
1 Bombay Gaylord I know there was a post recommending Bombay Gaylord but I would have to disagree on that one -- I think their food is mediocre).
Bombay Gaylord in downtown Silver Spring. The naan is hot, soft and pillowy. The Chicken Tikka Masala is balanced between sweet and spicy, the tomato sauce appropriately creamy (but not too much so), the chicken tender. Well regarded places like Heritage India tend to dry out their chicken.
1 Chez Auntie Libe sometime -- it's great.
3 Cubanos For Cuban, I think Cubanos is okay (I seem not to like it as much as others do).
Cubano's I've only been there once, but the sampling platter at Cubano's (Silver Spring)was very impressive to this ex-Miamian. Plus this is not a dive, but a nice place with elegant if slow service.
Dusit in downtown S.S. is okay as is Saigon in Wheaton.
2 El Gavilan and
El Gavilan on Flower Ave. as well.
El Golfo on Flower @ Piney Branch. I am in a state of shock that no one recommended it yet. I prefer it to Samantha's, El Gavilan and Matamoros, although I like all of those places. Enjoy the suburban move.
El Guajiro Cuban,
El Napalito because of more seafood choices and a much better chili relleno.
2 El Pollo Rico
El Pollo Rico excellent).
El Pulgarcito for Salvadoran,
Fortune for chinese,
Good Fortune's dim sum and Hollywood East (they make great chow fun noodles). Both are in Wheaton.
5 Half Moon Barbeque, which features live music. Full Moon also has good bbq, hamburgers, and fries.
Half Moon BBQ (with live music most nights)...
Half Moon BBQ 3 recs for also is a great place for live rock n roll / roots rock, very hip, but be prepared for agonizingly-slow service.
Han Au Rheum, a large Asian grocery, for outstandingly good variety and reasonably priced produce and a lively fish market. Most of the fishmongers don't speak English so you point at the fish you want (much of which is alive) and then point at the chart above the display to show how you want it cut up. If you are unsure, it is fun to watch the action for a little while and see how it is done.
2 Hollywood East To the Wheaton list I'd add, a Hong Kong style Chinese restaurant a block east of Georgia Ave. Some have noted a slip in quality since a recent chef change, but my favorites are still great: in particular the baked salted chicken with ginger & scallion dipping sauce. It's also open into the wee hours most nights.
Hollywood East. And
Jackies Upscale: Not a lot. Jackies is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and a great place to go for drinks and snacks. Service needs to improve, however.
La Bamba is another place in the same building that is pretty good.
Mama Lucia...but only on Tuesday night when they have like 2 for 1 pizzas.
3 Mandalay Burmese restaurant is 2 blocks away on Bonifant - definitely NOT a chain.
Mandalay In Silver Spring, the newly relocated Mandalay is a highlight. I don't know if I can bring myself to go all the way to Silver Spring and not eat at Mandalay anymore, but in the past . Also take the trip south on Georgia Ave to
2 Manna (Puerto Rican/Dominican),
Manna, on Flower Ave. has decent Dominican food.
1 Matamoros in Wheaton, also on Univ. Blvd. I like
Matamoros The management at Matamoros changed over the summer. We went twice under the new regime and were very underwhelmed not to mention incurring a credit card problem (they added the grand total to the tip line to get a brand new grand total that took six weeks to resolve). Unfortunately it's no longer recommendable.
Napoli Ristoranti Italiano, upstairs in the building on the corner of Georgia and Thayer, close to the Half Moon BBQ, has an Italian menu but is run by a Brazilian family and has several Brazilian dishes which are IMO great. Definitely worth a try; skip the Italian and go straight for the Brazilian.
2 Negril For Jamaican, I like Negril in downtown S.S. (great takeout).
1 Negril I've had decent (not fantastic) meals at Negril and Roger Miller Restaurants
Negril on Thayer Ave. for good jerk chicken.
Parkway Deli...for their mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, chicken fingers, tasty sandwiches and chicken noodle soup. This is my comfort food in the area.
1 Parkway is worth a visit. -- good corned beer and decent chicken soup.
Pho 75 (on University Blvd just west of Riggs Rd) - sort of in Takoma Park.
Pollo Campero - source of long lines)
Pupuseria Dona Azecana (sp?) &
Quarry House (excellent jukebox as has been noted) and unpretentious, good classic rock/soul/country jukebox. Somehow, I don't feel like I'm in SS or Washington when I'm here.
R The Royal Mile in Wheaton is also close and usually not very crowded.
Red Dog Cafe...I've had my pros and cons with this place, but in the end, I really like their artisnal goat cheese and dried cherry salad, the pizzas, and their roasted radicchio panini-type sandwich. Good coffee too.
Roger Miller I've had decent (not fantastic) meals at Negril and Roger Miller Restaurants
4 Ruan for Thai,
Ruan Thai and
Ruan Thai in Wheaton. Great food, friendly service, and very cheap. Love this place!
Ruan Thai is homey and vies for best Thai in the area.
Saigon is okay
Samanthas on Univ. Blvd and
The Silver SPRUNG website has address info and maps for all these places. Link below. Map "C" is particularly good http://silversprung.com/dining.html
3 Tiffin and Udupi I live in the area and have been to most of the restaurants discussed here. I would concur with the recommendations for Tiffin and Udupi Palace in Langely Park. I think they offer the best Indian around
2 Udupi (2)
2 Vicino's (across the street from Jackies) for comfort Italian food, and
Wheaton hits the jackpot for a variety of delicious, cheap food.
3 Woodlands are maybe more your speed.
Woodlands, Tiffin, and Udupi Palace (in order of preference)
Woodmoor bakery at Four Corners has calorie-worthy donuts and very good apple fritters. They also make cakes for special occaisions. My kids love the way they decorate birthday cakes (I don't even bother making them anymore). Kirsten's on Georgia Avenue is also good. They have a catering service that I've used and will prepare desserts for special occaisions as well.
2 Woodside deli in Silver Spring, just north of downtown on Georgia Avenue is the for Jewish treats such as tasty matzo ball soup and a middle eastern platter that is very generous and very good. Cool atmosphere in there too.
Woodside Deli is also good for breakfast and a deli lunch.
Woomi Garden for Korean soups and stews