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Rockville-ish lunch dilemma

Geoff Aug 27, 2007 08:02 AM

Later this week I'm meeting a colleague for lunch. We need to meet somewhere between our two offices; I'm in Rockville at intersection of Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Rd. Colleague is in Gaithersburg, basically at the Shady Grove exit of I-270.

This isn't really a business lunch; it's more about catching up. If I had my druthers, we'd meet at Bob's, or Joe's Noodles.......but I'm not sure colleague will be ok with something like that.....and those are a lot closer to my end of the drive. So............any thoughts about casual places between our two offices?


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    potrzebie Aug 27, 2007 06:36 PM

    Bombay Bistro at 98 W Montgomery Ave near the Rockville courthouse is a very good place that is midway between your locations and Metro accessible, too.

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      Steve Aug 27, 2007 10:25 AM

      Mandarin Express is a tiny authentic Chinese place that will be less threatening to a non-Chowhound than Joe's or Bob's. Same for Michael's Noodles in the Travilah Square Shopping Center, though Michael's has nicer ambience. See below for link to Chowhound Report on Mandarin Express, then Michael's.



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      1. re: Steve
        Just Visiting Aug 27, 2007 11:05 AM

        La Limena, great Peruvian food in the Ritchie Center. Looks like a cafeteria when you walk in. Don't be put off. The food is great. I think Sietsema reviewed it w/in the past month. Check the WashPost.

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        Jeserf Aug 27, 2007 08:58 AM

        what about urban bbq?

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          tubman Aug 27, 2007 09:09 AM

          That would be have been my suggestion--but it is much closer to the OP's office than his colleague's.

          Geoff, how firm are you about finding something somewhere in between? Driving 15 minutes (versus 5 or 10) to meet someone for a good lunch in the DC area hardly seems like much of an inconvenience. And Urban is very quick if limited lunch time is a consideration.

          1. re: tubman
            Geoff Aug 27, 2007 09:13 AM

            Thanks - I'd thought of Hard Times....Urban is also great. I realize that we're not that far apart, it's just that I'm not sure yet on colleague's timing. I am ALWAYS willing to travel for good chow! Actually, I usually metro to work so this is one of those rare occasions that I can get a different, and good, lunch!

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          tubman Aug 27, 2007 08:20 AM

          I'm not sure what constitutes a "dilemma" when the two locations you describe are 15 minutes apart.

          For just catching up somewhere in between, I'd do the Hard Times Cafe at the shopping center on Nelson St. just off the Rt. 28 exit. Might be 5 minutes for your colleague, 10 minutes for you. And top it off next door with an Italian ice from Carmen's.

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