Moving to North Eastern Silver Spring - Need help finding good food
- gastronomicMD Dec 28, 2001 04:04 PM
I am moving in January to an area just south of Burtonsville off Rt. 29. I am not familiar with the area and could use some assistance in finding good food.
Having grown up in that part of Montgomery County and moved away in the late '80's I feel that I'm somewhat of an authority about where to find good food near where you are moving.
Uh, well, now that I think of it that was one of the contributing reasons for why I moved.
Having said that Le Mannequin Pis in Olney is exceptional but this is a 15 minute or so drive. Downtown Silver Spring, which in the '50's and '60's was Maryland's second largest city is still under redevelopment and a long way away. Neighboring Prince Georges County has the original Ledo's for great pizza near the University of Maryland. But overall your only real choices will be a few places further out in Columbia, a twenty minute or longer drive to downtown Bethesda (which is definitely worthwhile!) or a car that gets very good gas mileage.
The Pennsylvania Dutch market at the intersection of
29 and 198 sells excellent scrapple. Also whoopie
pies and all that sort of thing.
In the shopping center on the opposite side of 29
from there is a small Chinese place that I can't
remember the name of. They have some real dishes
like rice sticks with shredded pork and various
noodle things- look at the extra menu, not just
the stuff posted on the wall.
Via 29 you are closer to downtown Silver Spring
than to Bethesda, and you can get pretty good Thai,
Ethiopian, Cuban, and OK Indian there.
Try the following (I've been to a couple):
In Burtonsville (clustered around Rtes 198 & 29):
Chapala (Salvadorean), Old Hickory Grill (BBQ & Tex-Mex - personally recommended), Seibel's
In Olney/Sandy Spring:
BJ Pumpernickel's (deli), Blue Ox Cafe (Italian/Tex-Mex), French Confection (bakery), Grand Marquis Cafe, Madison's, Olney Ale House (thumbs up for here), Ricciuti's (great pizza - yum), Stained Glass Pub Too, Upper Crust Bakery, Wild Honey Cafe
In N Silver Spring/White Oak/Cloverly (New Hampshire Ave, Briggs Chaney Rd & Rt 29N):
Aulette (French - still open??), Cameron's (seafood carry-out), Caribbean Corner, Chef Theo's (Greek), Colesville Corner Cafe (Greek), Giorgio's (Greek), Greek Taverna, Joe's Caribbean Kitchen, Maurya (Indian), Noor's Kebab, Sole d'Italia, Upper Crust Bakery, Viet Palace.
If you do decide to drive south to downtown Silver Spring, altho the newly-remodeled area has franchise chain restaurants, the older sections still have several independently-owned ethnic restaurants like Bombay Gaylord, Crisfield's (longtime seafood favorite of many), Half Moon BBQ, Mrs K's Tollhouse, My-Le (Vietnamese), Parkway deli (kosher) & Thai Spice. All clustered around Georgia Ave, Colesville Rd, E-W Hwy & 16th St. And much easier parking than in Bethesda!
re: Fat Boy
Yes, please don't trash some of my suggestions so vaguely.
The original chatter asked for "good food" in that area. No mention of exactly what type of cuisine or price level (inexpensive vs moderate vs expensive).
I listed a lot of places where some people might only list 1 or 2. Pumpernickels is a popular deli that's done good business for a while. Seibels' I hear has great HOME-MADE ice cream...
In addition to Lori's fabulous list and the other recs (Mannequin Pis is a good rec), I'd like to mention that you will be close to Laurel. Not a gourmet hot spot either, but try Pasta Plus for very good and reasonably priced italian food (don't let the name and location fool you); and Red Hot and Blue for some reasonably good ribs, pulled pig, etc. (try the nachos with pulled pig on it and sprinkle with the bbq spice and various hot sauces on the table - some of my favorite junk food).
If you like authentic Thai stuff, try Thai Derm (939 Bonifant St.,Silver Spring, MD -301-589-5341). I stumbled into this place about fifteen years ago, shortly after they first opened, and it's been a regular on my list ever since. It's between Georgia Ave. and Fenton St. (about 3-4 blocks south of the Ga. Ave-Colesville Rd. intersection) and it is definitely worth a visit. I love their chicken Yum Tum(?)i.e., Lemon Grass soup, but I've never been disappointed by anything on their menu.
A wasteland it most definitely is NOT (unless you insist on walking to the restaurant.) By car you have several great options:
*I second the recs for Upper Crust bakery: NH @ Randolph and the Dutch Market (good meats and fresh veg.)
*the original Ledos in Univ Park on Univ Blvd is greasy, and not recommended (try Pizza Boli's on Fairland at Old Columbia Rd., they also have/had decent Indian, this location only.)
*Yokohama in Wheaton (just S. of intx of Univ @ Georgia) is outstanding for sushi, sashimi, and Korean. They also do Japanese.
*Going the other way, in Laurel on 193 a few lights East of 295, is a really good Indian place: Maharaja.
Enjoy the diverse bounty, I miss it now that we've moved up to Ellicott City.
Respectfully but the original Ledo's on University Boulevard has not changed since it opened in the '50's. It has nothing in common with any of the franchise operators it spawned. My wife and I still drive from Reston to University Blvd. just to eat pizza there. Nothing else. Just pizza. It is a Washington and University of Maryland tradition that is a constant and hasn't changed in 45 years.
It is excellent pizza. Perhaps it's greasy but I would describe this as "good grease." Certainly worth the calories. I apologize for my reaction but for many a visit to this old Italian restaurant is tantamount to a visit to Mecca.
Don't miss the Woodside Deli, on Georgia Avenue at Seminary Road, less than a mile south of the Beltway. Phyllis Richmond, the Post's recently retired restaurant critic, said the area's best matzoh ball soup was there. And great triple decker sandwiches, pastrami, corned beef, chopped liver...
So it's not the Carnegie Deli?! I go there every chance I get. And the tropical ice cream shop across the street has some great surprises as well. Enjoy.
re: Bob Knisely
The tropical ice cream shop across the street ("York Castle") IS the original Gifford's. I did NOT mistate that. York Castle in the 9300 block of Georgia Avenue has the exact same ice cream, the exact same swiss chocolate sauce that Gifford's had for the fifty years it was open. York Castle was opened by the man who made the ice cream at Gifford's on Georgia Avenue about three months after it closed. He used/uses the exact same base from the exact same supplier. By adding the "tropical flavors" he gives it a different emphasis. But everything else is the same including fresh peach, fresh pumpkin, fudge sauce, etc.
The Gifford's in Bethesda is NOT the same. They bought the name but they use a different base with different flavorings.
If you go to York Castle you'll note that they make an ice cream soda by first taking a small scoop of vanilla and mixing it in the glass/cup with soda water. Then they add scoops of ice cream and flavorings and more water. If you haven't had a Gifford's swiss sundae in fifteen years take a ride to Montgomery Hills and give it a try.
I know this because from the age of five until it closed (35 years) I was Gifford's best customer. I was at York Castle the day he opened.
I haven't been back to Gifford's in Bethesda in about ten years.
re: Bob Knisely
I wish Woodside Deli would bring back Russian night, borscht, music and all. But I think they have new owners. Nonetheless, a great little neighborhood deli. And yes, across the street is not only York Castle fantastic ice cream but next door, Kirsten's Cafe for great breakfasts and lunch. If you can travel south a bit on Georgia, check out Moorenkos Ice Cream next to Mayorga Coffeehouse and the Original Crisfields. Moorenkos ice cream is like no other. The owner gets lots of her ideas from Italy. Fantastic.
Someone mentioned Woodside deli on Georgia. Just across the street (literally) is Kirsten's. It is small and not too well known but the food is fresh, very good and decent portions. The service is slow though. Prices are reasonable and the menu changes daily. Kirsten runs the place and does the cooking. Soups are especially good.
It seems to me that almost all of the replies you got addressed Silver Spring, Wheaton, Olney (although they failed to mention Riccuiti's) and not the specific geographical area you asked about. I can't believe it took 3 days before someone mentioned the Old Hickory Grill (on 198). This is one of the finest restaurants in the whole DC area. Everything is really good, but especially the roast chicken. My wife could eat a huge bowl of their mashed potatoes. Chapalas (also on 198) also is a fine restaurant. We've eaten there for a number of years and have never had a bad meal. Pepino's is a fine Italian restaurant in a strip center on the east side of 29 just north of 198. Seibel's ice cream is homemade and is terrific although my wife and I are not crazy about its food.
The Indian Restaurant in the White Oak Shopping Center (intersection of Route 29 and New Hampshire Ave.) is one of the best in the area.
Go down Rt. 29 to University Blvd and head for Wheaton. Lots of variety there. Try Full Key for great roast pork, shrimp dumpling soup and other Hong Kong specialties. There is a pho place next door that I haven't tried and a kosher deli and restaurant in the same shopping center. Close by is Hollywood East Cafe, where you can get very good dim sum. Ruan Thai is also nearby but I've been less than happy with that place recently and can't really recommend it. Another place I found the other day is
Noodle King, a Hong Kong cuisine based restaurant, where I had good shrimp dumpling soup. Its at the corner of New Hampshire Ave and Hollywood. I only ate there once and their menu is a mixture of things, but it would be worth trying if its close to you.
If Indian food appeals to you, House Of India in Columbia is a "must go".
Located in a strip center along Snowden River Parkway, from the outside it appears as just another hole n the wall. Do not be deceived. The food is excellent, as is the service. Nice real cloth tablecloths. The whole Rockfish is my wife's favorite. I usually get Tandoori Salmon, but everything I've had has been great. The house special combination Biryani is easily 2 meals, and the taste is wonderful.
We used to go to the Indian place in Whiteoak that another poster suggested. The food there was also quite good, but the service was terrible.
I live in downtown Silver Spring, but for dinner for two about $100. I like Nicaro, Jackies, and Ray's the Classics (I think all are on the Post's top 50 DC restaraunts). Ray's also has a bar menu, with one of the best burgers in town (Ray opened up another placed called Hellburger in Arlington, which is getting rave reviews).
For cheaper Ethnic (~40-50 for two). I like Ghari Kebab much more than Bombay Gaylord for Indian. Mandalay for Burmesse.
Check out one of those places then go see a movie at The American Film Institute.
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