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Jul 16, 2006 04:13 PM

Bethesda for lunch

I'm going to meet a friend in Bethesda for lunch soon. I know there are many restaurants to choose from, but was wondering if you can suggest a good moderately-priced restaurant that has convenient off-street parking???

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  1. Did you have any type of restaurant in mind?

    Here are some that I like:

    Cafe Deluxe (next to a public parking garage)
    Green Papaya (couple of doors down from the garage)
    Raku (around the corner from the garage--great bento boxes)
    Jaleo (not far from the garage)
    Cesco (near a small lot, might be more than moderate)
    Haandi (not far from a public garage)

    Rock Creek (across from a public parking garage) -- I haven't been there, but I've heard great reviews

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    1. re: Chocolatechipkt

      Thank you! I like most anything except Japanese (have been to Matuba a few years ago) or Korean food.

      What type restaurant is Rock Creek?

      BTW, this is a PIF I will be meeting for the first time and one of our common interests would be food!

    2. PIF? Paid in full?

      Actually, there are precious few good restaurants in Bethesda -- fewer still open for lunch. Jaleo is head and shoulders above all the rest -- see my post here:

      If your heart is set on Japanese, go to Tako Grill.

      Musts to avoid: Cafe Deluxe, Green Papaya, Austin Grill, Raku, that turkish place next to Raku, etc.

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      1. re: MartyL

        Oh I wouldn't skip Raku at all (not the others either, but Raku esp. at lunch.)

        Here's a press release about the opening of Rock Creek -- healthy but tasty American-based food, I'd say. I think the Web site is, but I can't get into it at the moment. You might want to call about the pricing.

        1. re: MartyL

          I definitely wouldn't avoid Raku. I've had some great meals there recently.

          1. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

            BTW, "PIF" is psycho internet friend