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Rt 1 (College Park Ikea) eats?

Everyone, please add to this one continually. I have a new client near Ikea and saw today that there's a pho place to the north (Pho 88) and a carribean diner. I saw some other potentials and know a bit about actually in College Park, but am up for any and all in the area. This client is pretty much right beside Ikea, so nothing TOO far (the campus is the boundary to the south to be sure).

I'll probably be going with some regularity (once/month?) for a while, so I'd like to peruse!

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  1. Food Factory, the kabob place, in the little shopping center on Baltimore Avenue

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    1. Pho 88 is good. For my money, Pho Vn One, a few blocks further north, is better.

      Slightly further north from there, you will find a trio of good Korean restaurants. These are all quite different from each other:

      -Myong Dong is a small, family run noodle shop. Do not stray far from the noodle dishes -- I had a fairly poor soondooboo there once -- however, the noodle dishes are very good, so this shouldn't be a problem.

      -Gah Rahm is a big, sprawling place. They have Korean barbeque, stews, noodle dishes, sushi -- you name it. There is a weekday buffet. I have not been recently enough or made much of a dent in the menu, but most of the food I've had here has been good.

      -Da Rae Won is a Chinese Korean place. They serve mainly noodle dishes also, like Jajangmyun. I've only eaten here a few times also; I need to go more often.

      There's also a Korean bakery (Shilla) on Rhode Island Avenue about a block north of the route 1 intersection. There is some good stuff here.

      Also in Beltsville, there are a number of Carribean places (The Pepper Pot, Carribean Palace(?)), although I've always been disappointed in these. YMMV.

      To the south, in College Park, you will find the Food Factory, an Afghan place with excellent naan and kabobs cooked in a tandoor. There is a weekday buffet where you can get these items and some various stews and other dishes as well. However, the other dishes are hit and miss and the quality is inconsistent.

      In the same strip with Food Factory is Hanami, a Japanese place. Do not eat the sushi; it sucks. Their lunch boxes are decent, though. In the same shopping center, you should avoid Laredo; the rest of the places there are ok, nothing special.

      If you take Greenbelt road east from route 1 you will find two decent Mexican options: Taqueria Esmarelda, a truck that makes good tacos and tortas; and Costa Alegre, a sit-down place with Mexican that is as good as any of the lauded places in Bladensburg. Soups, tacos, tortas, and specials are good. Be warned that they can be a bit inconsistent, though.

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      1. re: alopez

        Superb!!! While I have a list, please keep it coming in. I'm probably trying some of the Mexican first, btw (and the two pho options).

        Based on the recent thread of Food Factory v Ravi in Arlington, I might have to make it a top stop as well.

        1. re: alopez

          Stopped by Da Raw Won at lunchtime today and it is closed?? What are their hours? Are they open just for dinner or are they outta business??

        2. South Street Steaks! No great dining mecca, but if you have fond memories of REAL Philly Cheesesteaks, this is probably the best I've had outside of the Philly metro area.

          1. New York Deli (Edgewood and Road Island Avenue cat-corner from the REI shopping center) - I haven't been but once in the last 3-4 years and was a regular 7+ years ago, but they have great sandwiches and salads.

            1. Mexican at El Mexicano just up Rt. 1. The meat dishes are good, the vegetable dishes are superb (it's Indian-owned). Try the papusas.

              1. Berwyn Cafe is pretty interesting andgood. Vegetarian schwarma and falafal and really close

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                1. re: gooseterp

                  Seconded; if you want good vegetarian, it's the primary choice in CP. It's what I tend to think of has "hippy food", but can be very tasty.

                2. I iwll pipe up for Myong Dong and the Da Rae Woo. Myong Dong ahs fantastic noodles that are on the softly chewy style. Big bowl of noodles served with a good broth and various flavorings. The Seasoned Tofu is incredible. The steamed mandu are not what they were before the relocation. Three sides: cukes, kim chee and sweet raddish, all superb.

                  Da Rae Woo has hand pulled noodles which we had in JaJa Myung which was incredible. These noodles are harder and chewier than other hand pulled noodeles I ahev had int he past due, I am tol, to the pounding of the dough before the noodles are pulled. We also had an OK tofu dish and a really wonderful dis of slivered ingredients with an atomic powered mustard sauce. We will be back. The chicken wings and dumplings looked insane!

                  1. Siri's Chef's Secret on Greenbelt Road, opposite to Costa Allegre has good Thai. Its not authentic but it does taste great. I love their Tofu Imperial and the husband loves the duck curry. The Pad thai is nothing to write home about, incidentally. Don't be fooled by the exterior which looks like a dump..the interior is rather nice.

                    Old Town Grenbelt has a nice cafe called the New Deal Cafe. The salmon burger if its available is good and so are the cold sesame noodles (they will warm it up for you). The coffee, dessert and company are worth the trip.

                    Beijing, opposite to The New Deal Cafe is well known for its lunch buffet.

                    During the summer months, there is a lady who sells good soul food for real cheap at the Farmers Market in the USDA campus. Could check it out if you want.

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                    1. re: anyesha

                      Unfortunately, Beijing has gotten quite awful. The last meal I had there was so badly overcooked that it was inedible. I suspect because they're one of only several Chinese restaurants in the area, they've gotten lax about quality.

                      I'm surprised no one mentioned College Perk. A house remodeled as a coffee shop, right on Route 1. Mostly frequented by MD students, but really cosy, has cheap food, good coffee, decent desserts, wi-fi, and beer on tap. http://www.collegeperk.org/

                      1. re: Sshush

                        There are indeed several Chinese restaurants in the area, but I haven't found any good ones.

                        I like the both the New Deal and College Perk as coffeeshops, but frankly neither has particularly good food.

                      1. I haven't seen anyone mention Marathon Deli; it's near the South St Steaks place and has the best gyro in the entire area. Not to be missed.

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                        1. re: KendallClark

                          I was just talking about that place. They used to have a great eggplant parm sub but it has been a while. I like Rips in Bowie for gyros (lots of meat and off a cone) in the liquor store not the restaurant.

                        2. I know this isn't a real restaurant and you probably already know about this, but I really like the Swedish meatballs at Ikea. I just couldn't help posting it. It's a great afternoon snack before my ride home.