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Aug 31, 2006 11:46 PM

Need a good breakfast/brunch place for a group in Gaithersburg

I am totally blocking on breakfast/brunch places in or very near Gaithersburg and need to find an inexpensive to medium priced place that we can make a reservation for a group of 8-12 people. It is for the Sunday morning after a high school reunion, so a place that won't rush us and that might have a bar would be a plus.

Any ideas?

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  1. I wish there was something chowish to recommend. Mainly chains and hotels (not sure who takes reservations for groups your size).

    Hotels: Hilton on Montgomery Village Ave between 355/270 or the Marriott at Rio – both have buffets, good parking and may be the only ones I can think of that have bars.

    Chains: Silver Diner at Lakeforest Mall or the IHOP on 355 backing up to area near the Fairgrounds. There’s also a Corner Bakery in the retail side of Rio for lighter fare.

    Independents: Star Diner in the Kentlands (quality varies). There’s Woodside Deli in Germantown, it serves beer but I'm not sure if it’s good for a group your size.

    If there are any other suitable places – please, please let me know.

    1. If you can go a little further north, you would enjoy French Quarter Cafe, which is just off of 270 in Germantown. They have a great brunch and you won't have to wait. I'm fairly certain they have beer and wine. The food is delicious.

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      1. re: Transplanted Texan

        I like the breakfasts at Louisiana Express and I understand these are the same folks. Similar brunch menus? This just might do the trick -- I will call and see about reservations. Thank you! And thanks to everyone for your suggestions!

        1. re: Terrie H.

          Yes, they are the same family as the Louisiana Express owners. The brunch menus are similar and equally delish! You won't need reservations I don't think; every time we've been there on Sunday there have been plenty of tables.

          Can't figure out why the restaurant isn't busier -- the food is quite tasty, generous servings, and high-quality ingredients.

          They're well-hidden behind a car dealership and across the street from the Germantown library just being built.

          1. re: Transplanted Texan

            Just to pipe in, I like this place, too. It is hidden, and it's in a place where you wouldn't think there'd be much good chow.

            As far as Woodside, from an earlier poster, it's been a couple of years for me, but they used to be big enough to serve a party of 8-12.

      2. If you don't mind schlepping over to Olney, there is B.J. Pumpernickels. Although I do not believe they have a bar (other than a pickel bar), they do serve beer and wine.

        1. What about dim sum? Have you considered New Fortune on 355? I'm not sure about the liquor license, and I don't think they take reseervations, but if you get there early enough (11?) it shouldn't be a problem.

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          1. re: Smokey

            New Fortune is a BRILLIANT idea. Certainly some of the best dim sum in the metro area, and if you have some real food-phobics in the group, they can still order off the (extensive) menu.

            They don't have a bar area, per se, but they do have a full liquor license. And even at peak times, there's rarely a large wait, even for a large table, on non-holiday weekends. And they'll take reservations!

          2. Maybe O'Donnoll's in the Kentlands? They open at 11 I think. A little pricey maybe, but they have a bar.