Decent chow for group near Bethesda Metro
We're a 15 person group looking for a decent meal walking distance from the Bethesda metro stop (at the Bethesda Hyatt). Entrees should be under $15. For this price, I'm not expecting excellence, but aren't there places with good food? Ethnic, American, anything.
Louisianna Express on Bethesda Ave in between the Rolls Royce and Bentley Dealers and across from Mercedes Benz. It's got great food with non-Rolls Royce pricing :o).
Love the jambalaya and the sweet potato pecan pie is yummy.
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Try the Pines of Rome on Hampden Lane, a block from your hotel. Many opinions about the Pines; it is a long established, old fashioned red table Italian place. Food is not spectacular, but a good choice for a large group, especially if you want to drink cheap carafe red wine. Call and they will set you up. Otherwise, prepare to wait. You should have the white pizza, as the Pines introduced this dish to the DC area over 30 years ago. If they have scallops in shell, by all means get them. Whole flounder or rockfish, and other daily specials are good. Don't be surprised at the tomato sauce, it is not really sauce. Skip the salad. Anchovies and peppers appetizer is good; bread is acceptable. Find out if Marco the owner is there; he'll take care of you.
For Tex-Mex, Rio Grande Cafe on Bethesda Ave. and Arlinton Rd.
I would also recommend Foong Lin on Fairmont Ave.