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  • Crowsonguy Aug 29, 2005 12:07 AM
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I'm going back to school for 2 months: adult ed at College Park. we will be in the Hartwick Building, at Route 1 (Baltimore Ave) and Hartwick Road. Is there anything better than Applebee's for lunch within a couple of blocks of there? Please?

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  1. Plato's diner. Good, not great, but better than Applebee's.

    Do you have a car? There are a collection of better spots in the strip mall behind Town Hall bar/liquors: Food Factory, the Indian restaurant that changed their name, that Jamacian wing place, and others.

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    1. re: Rosco

      Note: the Indian place (was Moyor Mohal, then, I think, Taj Bengal) is closed. A "Tex-Mex" place, which appears to be run by Salvadoreans (judging by the goodness of the pupusas and relative mediocrity of the Mex food, though this impression was based on a single visit) has opened in its place.

    2. I know that at least the original Ledo's is worthwhile. You will want a car for that.

      1. Dunno where along Rte 1 Hartwick Rd is, but you have a lot of choices of cheap but yummy dining right along Rte 1 (all are right on Rte 1 unless noted otherwise):

        Berwyn Cafe (all-veg) on Berwyn Rd

        Franklin's (a ways south of campus tho) - has good microbrews

        CAREN (Chinese American Retirement village) on Metzerott Rd off NH Ave actually has a good, authentic cafe on their grounds

        College Park Diner - all-day breakfasts & such

        College Park Coffeehouse (they serve sandwiches & soups, and have live music most nights)

        English Teahouse on College Ave (they also have coffees, sandwiches & Indian entrees)

        Jerk Pit (Carib)

        King's Park Cafe (middle-Eastern)

        94th Aerosquadron on Paint Branch Pkwy is a bit more expensive, but you get a lot of food for the money & the WW1 aviation decor is great. They have early-bird & happy hour specials if you wanna save some money.

        Ten Ren Tea has bubble teas & some Japanese appetizers.

        And finally, don't miss the homemade ice cream from the UM Dairy. They dish it out weekdays only (until 5pm) at the UM Visitor's Center Cafe (aka Turner Hall).

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        1. re: LooLoo

          many thanks for all suggestions. Any others? Hartwick Road is 5 blocks south of Campus Drive, between Guilford ave and Knox Road (which has the large CVS on it). I will have a car, but suspect they will not give us time to go far.

          1. re: Crowsonguy

            Also w/ car consider (in order of preference):

            1)Costa Alegre on Greenbelt Rd. at 58th Ave (a little west of Beltwaty Plaza) - everything is great - the beef tripe soup is better than that at Pollo Fiesta.

            2)Pollo Fiesta on Keniworth Ave a little north of E-W Highway (Rt. 410) - stick w/ the roasted chicken or the daily specials.

            Strongly disagree w/ 94th Aero Squadron - not good IMO, overpriced and you won't have time anyway. Other suggestions are good ones.

          2. re: LooLoo

            Is it possible to get any more details on the CAREN cafe? Hours? Parking? What's good to eat? Google has failed to turn up any information for me.

            1. re: Mer_Made

              The place is closed.

              http://maps.google.com/maps?client=fi...

              1. re: comestibles

                Well, darn.

                Thanks for the info though.

          3. Marathon Deli, just up from Cosi or Pot Belly has been making a great gyro since before the flood. A College Park institution.

            If only Terrapin Taco hadn't closed .....

            Thanks,

            Kevin

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            1. re: KOK

              Oh, I definitely agree about the Terrapin Taco House. We had been customers since the 70s when we found it while we lived at Springhill Lake. Best burritos I ever had. Does anyone know anything about the kosher restaurant that replaced the Terrapin Taco House?

              1. re: Skipper

                HI TO ALL MY CUSTOMERS . I MYSELF WISH TO HAVE THE RESTAURANT BACK. MY NAME IS DAVID ALLEN AND I OWNED THE TACO HOUSE FOR 17 YEARS. I ALSO WORKED THERE FOR 14 YEARS PRIOR. I HAVE YET TO FIND ANY RSTAURANT THAT MAKES BURRITOS AND TACOS ETC. , ANYTHIG CLOSE TO WHAT WE DID. THEY EITHER DON'T BAKE THEM OR USE CHEAP RED SAUCE
                TO COVER THEIR BURRITOS MAYBE SOMEDAY WE WILL RISE FROM THE ASHES
                AND BE ABLE TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS AGAIN

                1. re: tacokid

                  Just let us know where and when, we'll be there!

                  1. re: tacokid

                    David, you don't know how many people are missing the Terrapin Taco House. we ate there at least 2 x a week. we can't find any mexican food as good as Terrapin Taco House. the burritos ,red sauce chili con queso it was the BEST.they have some nice store front's in new carrollton at the hotel where the 5 guys is i would drive for miles to get your food.I think your taco house would be the best around. i wouldnt go anywhere else. the chili con queso was the best i havent had any that touches it. if your not going to come back i would love the queso and burrito and red sauce RECIPIES well i LOVED EVERYTHING Terrapin Taco House SOLD. were waiting by the thousands thanks gary norris

                    1. re: tacokid

                      I worked at the original location and it was the best job ever, largely in part to you Dave and of course Jeff! I'm still recognized from working there and everyone always says how much they miss the ol taco house!

                      1. re: Hawkley

                        Boggersnott!

                      2. re: tacokid

                        Hey DA! I was one of your many faithful employees. I hope you receive this. I've been dying to re-create your red sauce from the tables. Tomatoes and crushed red peppers is all I can remember. Care to share recipe? I miss the whole menu!Westminster would be a great location for you! Thanks! Bussey845@msn.com

                  2. Pita Plus is a good but pricy option. They are an Israeli full service restaurant. I specially like their homemade pickles served complimentary.

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                    1. re: Ron A. B.

                      If you're ever looking for lunch on campus, the Food Co-op in the student union has made-to-order sandwiches, interesting vegan stew things, and pretty good coffee. I really like the vegan stew things; I suppose they require a little tolerance for classic hippie cuisine, but they're made from all fresh ingredients and I think they're tasty.

                      If you're willing to drive a couple miles out of your way, Woodlands on University Blvd in Langley Park is my favorite Indian restaurant in town. South Indian, all veg.

                      I miss those tacos too! Looking forward, tacokid.

                    2. jimmy johns

                      1. Udupi vegetarian Indian restaurant at University Blvd and New Hampshire Ave. Great inexpensive buffet.

                        1. I really miss the place in College Park too. Does anyone know the sauce recipe for the sauce they put on the tables? I can't duplicate it! I even worked there one time and I never saw how it was made. Tomatoes and crushed red peppers is all I can remember. Thanks!