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The Olney Tavern??

Just got a coupon in the mail for The Olney Tavern (not the Olney Ale House). Anyone know of it and whether it is worth a try?

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  1. I had season tickets at Olney Theater for years, and vainly tried to find places to eat beforehand.

    Unfortunately, we came down to 3 options:
    1. Deli sandwich at BJ Pumpernickels
    2. Moules Frites at Le Mannequin Pis
    3. Eat before we get to Olney

    Tried every other place that serves food for miles around, and found nothing worth going to a second time. Did the tavern, the ale house, the pizza place(s), the diner and mexican places a mile east of the theater. But whatever you, please do NOT go to the Stained Glass pub. McDonald's is a far better choice, even if you had to pay the pub prices for your meal.

    1. Olney may not be Manhattan on the food scale, but there are places that have good chow. My current fave is the Jamaican fare at Grandma's Cooking. The jerk chicken packs some powerful flavor!

      1. Where in Olney is Grandma's Cooking?

        BTW, Stained Glass and Madison's are no more--Freeman CO wants hte site for offices.

        1. to quote dinwiddie from a post in this thread, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343585:

          "If you are in Rockville, drive out Norbeck Rd (Rt. 28 East) to the little strip mall at the corner of Norbeck and GA Ave. There is a nice little Jamacian place called Grandma's Cooking there. Authentic and cheap."

          1. There's a Greek place in the same strip center as Grandma's that has very good food, esp the gyro and felafel.



            1. I think Grandma's might be closed - they were dark on a weeknight when I swung by a couple of weeks ago.

              1. The requestor asked about The Olney Tavern, can we get back on topic?

                1. I think the topic is The Olney Tavern is a great place to pass on. I've not tried it in years but Daniel K's recommendations are spot on:
                  1. Deli sandwich at BJ Pumpernickels (The Pickles Yum!)
                  2. Moules Frites at Le Mannequin Pis (with mussles and Beer!)
                  3. Eat before we get to Olney

                  I'd add the Olney Ale house because of their good choice of brews on tap, tasty salads, and outdoor tables (Well not now but . . .) A great place to end a bike trip during more moderate weather.

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                  1. re: Carl in Bethesda

                    We have a some success at Bella Notte in Olney. It is on Georgia Avenue in a strip center just north of 108 on the left side going north. Surprise - surprise - it is an Italian restaurant and we have had very good seafood and veal chops there in the past. It is worth a stop.


                  2. I think the Olney Tavern is relatively new, or at least new people took it over. I haven't eaten there, but I recall an article in the Gazette not long ago discussing the new owners and their restauant experience. Also, what about the Brookside Inn, right up Georgia?

                    1. Grandma's is closed I beleive. Bella Nolte is pretty good and the folks are friendly. As to the Olney Tavern, it is not my favorite but it is serviceable. I don't go there since I actually think B.J Pumpernickles is better. If you want something a little more upscale try the Ricutti's for Italian and wood oven pizza (and a decent wine list) There is a sushi place next to MP called Wasabi Zen that is not bad and the Olney Grill is not bad either. There is a dirth of "good" places in Olney but you can get a decent meal if you try.

                      1. Okay, about the Olney Tavern. It used to be owned by a couple of other folks and the place was, awful, and that was on a good day. The "new" owners have completely turned the place around. Jose Sr. used to be the executive chef at Dominics in D.C. The food is great. The full service bar is lively, and you can eat in there if you wish, but the dining room is quite nice. They have live bands on Saturdays at 9:30. The Sherwood Blues Band plays there regularly & they are one of the best bands around. Back to the food: try the Chesapeake Chicken - everybody has it on their menu but these guys really do it right. The salad greens are always very fresh. The Cesar salad w/shrimp or chicken is very tasty; the shrimp is never overcooked and neither is the chicken. Pricewise, it is a real deal. The fettucine w/mussels is outstanding and if you order the Philly cheesesteak sandwich on a Tuesday, 9 times out of 10 you will be getting prime rib, properly chopped.

                        1. Other very good restaurants in Olney and vicinity include Le Manniquin Pis - specializes in mussels, always fresh and tasty but no mixed drinks; has a very European atmosphere. Riciutti's, with the best pizza around, quail, steak, etc, very nice full service bar; Sakura - go on a Wednesday and ask John to just give you what he thinks is best if you want a great eating adventure. Over on Layhill Road & Bonifant Street, at Plaza del Mercado, you will find El Napolito, where you can get a great Margarita and some of the best seafood around. Olney Tavern is the only place you can get a good meal after 9.