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

Terrie H. Aug 31, 2006 11:46 PM

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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    unicorn633 Sep 5, 2006 09:20 PM

    Not sure if your event has passed but Nick's in King Farm had a great Sunday brunch a few years ago. My husband and I went there the weekend we returned from our honeymoon and they kept the festive mood going. Great food and mimosas.

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      wookyluvr Sep 1, 2006 04:36 PM

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

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        Smokey Sep 1, 2006 02:10 PM

        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
          DanielK Sep 1, 2006 03:26 PM

          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!

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          pgreen Sep 1, 2006 09:09 AM

          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.

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            Transplanted Texan Sep 1, 2006 03:43 AM

            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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              Terrie H. Sep 1, 2006 09:40 PM

              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!

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                Transplanted Texan Sep 2, 2006 10:32 PM

                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.

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                  Dennis S Sep 4, 2006 11:14 PM

                  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. Lydia R Sep 1, 2006 03:31 AM

              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.

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