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Moderately priced in Bethesda-Rockville

I live in suburban Philly but will be visiting my mother in the Bethesda-Rockville area this weekend and am looking for a good place for a moderately priced dinner. Ethnic (Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese or other) would be fine but not a requirement. I am looking for good value/good food, nothing fancy. Location (that is, doesn't require a lot of driving) is important.

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  1. anywhere in woodmont triangle in Bethesda would be good - outdoor seating, pretty good food, i don't think anything is too overpriced. I like Thyme Square because it's on the lighter side. The only place I would NOT go in that part of bethesda is the indian place on Woodmont...Delhi Daba or something. Not good.

    1. Bombay Bistro in Rockville. Definitely check it out.

      1. Some good Greek choices in south Rockville. Your best value is Original Ambrosia in the Montrose Crossing shopping center. Essentially a standard diner menu with a lot of Greek specialities added. Excellent avgolemono soup. Figure ~$13 pp with everything. Tables are fairly close to each other and it can get loud when it's busy.

        If you're looking for something fancier (i.e. with a tablecloth) but not formal, head for Mykonos Grill. ~$30 pp. http://www.mykonosgrill.com

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        1. re: tubman

          there is a Jaleo in Bethesda, great tapas

          1. re: elegantelliot

            I like it and always manage to get out of there under $20...and it's the best service of all the Jaleos.

            but, some people hate Andreas' places.

        2. I wholeheartedly second Bombay Bistro and Mykonos Grill. Both great choices.

          Another idea for Rockville area is Latin American food at El Mariachi at the Richie Center on Rockville Pike. Their excellent Camarones al Cancun (shrimp fajitas coated in butter) are unbelievably addictive. I grew up in Rockville and everytime my brother is home from Colorado, he insists we do family dinner there so he can get shrimp.

          1. Thanks for these suggestions.
            What about Ambrosia Grille vs.Original Ambrosia?
            Do you recommend Joe's Noodle House?

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            1. re: Karen K

              Joe's = "good value/good food, nothing fancy"

              Sichuan - very Sichuan - so read the menu before hand and search the board for the numerous postings of recommendations there before going.

              Depending on where you are exactly and what time of what day it is, the drive might be a bit frustrating, but outside of rush hour it's not too bad.

              I'd like to add Black's the list and second Jaleo as a strong option.

              1. re: Karen K

                The Ambrosia debate was addressed here http://www.chowhound.com/topics/173285 I'd go with the Original, hands-down. The Grille is a few miles further up the road which may be a factor, especially in rush hour.