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Worth the Drive? aka Destination Eats

WestIndianArchie Mar 24, 2008 02:29 PM

Are there any restaurants in the dc/nova/md/b.more area that you'd drive an 1-2 hours for?

  1. ktmoomau Apr 30, 2008 05:09 PM

    If I knew a place within 1-2 hours that did real Southern coconut cream pie, with lots of meringue with the coconut on top toasted, that I would drive for. People around here don't know how to make good meringue pies like that...

    Also will drive for Southern food and BBQ.

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      fletchphil Apr 18, 2008 09:10 PM

      I would drive for Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Vidalia in DC, of course the inn at Little Washington, and I might even drive 3 hours to wind up at the Fat Canary in Williamsburg, VA

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        Whitemarshjohn Apr 18, 2008 08:59 PM

        Places I have been to:
        Tersiguel's in Ellicott City.
        Antrim 1844.
        Probably the Chameleon Cafe.

        Places I'd like to try:
        Michael Richard Citronelle
        Inn at Little Washington
        Rays the Steaks

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          Moniker1 Apr 15, 2008 01:44 PM

          When I a get a serious craving for good chinese
          I drive to Bob's Noodle 66

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            hotel Apr 15, 2008 05:11 AM

            It's funny that most of these replies are for "cheaper" food destinations. I would drive from DC to Samos without a doubt. Now that I live in Baltimore I find myself craving sandwiches from Jetties as well as a Gyro from any Moby Dick on occasions. Make the trip to Cantler's at least a couple of times during the summer.

            Link930: You should check out Thai Arroy in Baltimore. Really good, cheap, and BYOB.

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              treetop tom Apr 14, 2008 12:56 PM

              My family and I have made the 1.5 hour roll out to Hancock, MD, to eat at Weaver's Restaurant and Bakery on many occasions. Eat, take a stroll along the Potomac and buy some baked goods to take home (raisin cookies, yum!).

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              1. re: treetop tom
                ktmoomau Apr 14, 2008 01:17 PM

                I really like Weaver's and their pie! I also really like Park n Dine from time to time (guilty pleasure) for something really American like chicken parmigan or something. I also really like the chicken, mac and cheese and potato wedges at the AC&T in Hagerstown right by the outlets, it is where I like to stop on my way home to Western Maryland.

                1. re: treetop tom
                  Hal Laurent Apr 14, 2008 06:29 PM

                  I wouldn't rate Weaver's as a destination place, it's not *that* good...just a good place to stop if you happen to be passing through that area.

                  1. re: Hal Laurent
                    treetop tom Apr 14, 2008 08:08 PM

                    Well, Hal, considering the OP asked what restaurants WE drive 1-2 hours to go to and not what restaurants Hal Laurent would drive 1-2 hours to eat at, your ratings are sort of superfluous, aren't they? The fact that my family and others just like us drive out to Weaver's on a nice weekend day disproves your assertion that it is not a "destination place." Why not give us your example rather than questioning everyone elses?

                    1. re: treetop tom
                      Hal Laurent Apr 15, 2008 03:49 PM

                      Sorry "treetop tom", I wasn't aware that your opinion was more valuable than mine.

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                  foodcheck Apr 14, 2008 12:37 PM

                  Another vote for Inn at Little Washington. A great experience, even if you do it just once.
                  L'Auberge is also good for food, ambience and service, closer in, but not in same class as ILW - few are.

                  1. beauxgoris Apr 13, 2008 09:30 PM

                    YES - for REAL BBQ I mean authentic southern BBQ, you must go to: Buzz 'N Ned's in Richmond, VA (1hour 45 min. south). It's right off I-95 (the exit for "the boulevard") and it's the real thing. I have relatives that live there so it's a once every 6 weeks hit for me - but if you really need that authentic pulled pork sandwich or ribs - it's the only place to go. Trust me on this.

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                    1. re: beauxgoris
                      Ziv Apr 15, 2008 01:42 AM

                      Beaux, is Buzz that good? I am a huge fan of Johnny Boys in LaPlata, I drive an hour plus down there fairly frequently for a half slab, not so much for pulled pork, though it is good, too. It simply has very good ribs, like Randy's, but Johnny Boys is the best I know in the area, and has been a near consensus pick on chowhound for some time.
                      Hmm... Maybe it is time for a short drive to Richmond...

                      1. re: Ziv
                        ktmoomau Apr 15, 2008 06:55 AM

                        That is the place that had the Throwdown with Booby Flay isn't it? (They beat him if I recall correclty). I keep wanting to go there, but keep getting overruled when we are in Richmond :( NEXT TIME

                        1. re: ktmoomau
                          beauxgoris Apr 15, 2008 07:27 AM

                          Ziv - YES it's that good. And ktmoomau, you're right they beat B.F. (for what that's worth). There's an autographed photo of Bobby and Buzz by the cash register that's signed: Thanks for kicking my A$$ - B.F. lol Whenever we go, we bring a quart back up with us for our freezer.

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                      Lauman Mar 25, 2008 04:02 PM

                      Antrim 1844 in Taneytown, MD

                      Also second the previous votes for:
                      L'Auberge Provencale in White Post, VA
                      The Inn at Little Washington

                      1. baltoellen Mar 25, 2008 02:53 PM

                        It's definitely worth the hour drive for me to get to Eden Center and GRAZE!

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                          link_930 Mar 25, 2008 10:31 AM

                          Duangrat's. Since moving here it's the only Thai place at which I will eat, during one of the few times I'm willing to eat out.

                          1. ktmoomau Mar 25, 2008 08:42 AM

                            And I consider the Greenbrier and Nemacolin def worth the drive to eat at Hemisphere and L'Autrec, but I also expect to stay there and go to the spas.

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                            1. re: ktmoomau
                              lrebetsky0423 Mar 25, 2008 10:25 AM

                              Samos is worth the hour drive it takes for me to get there!

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                                cleveland park Mar 25, 2008 12:24 PM

                                samos, agreed

                            2. chowser Mar 25, 2008 08:37 AM

                              L'Auberge Provencale (White Post, VA); Patowmack Farms (north of Leesburg)

                              I still want to try Hunters Head Tavern.

                              1. viperlush Mar 25, 2008 06:42 AM

                                Miss Shirley's in Bmore's Roland Park area. My parents already have made the drive up from NoVa (FFX) 3 times (this month) for breakfast. Have yet to have a disappointing meal there and have yet to find a similar place in DC/NoVa.


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                                1. re: viperlush
                                  charmedgirl Mar 25, 2008 02:16 PM

                                  This flabbergasts me. Miss Shirley's is fine, maybe good, maybe even really good. But not fantastic. And worth driving from NoVa? No way.

                                  1. re: charmedgirl
                                    viperlush Mar 25, 2008 07:33 PM

                                    My parents really love breakfast and are easily bored with the normal fare. Can you suggest someplace similar in DC/NoVa that serves similar food everyday (not just weekend brunch)?

                                    1. re: viperlush
                                      charmedgirl Mar 25, 2008 07:53 PM

                                      I'm sorry, I can't. All I know about DC or Northern Virginia restaurants I learned reading this board. :-) And my knowledge stems only to reading; I almost never have the opportunity to try them. Reading back I see that my post might have come across as dismissive or rude and if it did, I apologize. If your parents like Miss Shirley's (and they are certainly, certainly not alone!) then I think its great they are chowhound-y enough to seek it out. Keep at it, I say!

                                2. ktmoomau Mar 24, 2008 06:08 PM

                                  I will drive for crabs at Cantlers, crabcakes from Faidleys or Galway Bay, cheeburger cheeburger (only because the Mama also lives in Naptown). Most anything else I can find nearby in Nova.

                                  Oh will also drive for real pepperoni rolls and amish baked goods, but mostly I get guests from home to bring those to me.

                                  1. monkeyrotica Mar 24, 2008 04:05 PM

                                    Little Tavern, Baltimore. Last of an almost dead breed.


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                                      Mister Big Mar 24, 2008 04:24 PM

                                      Isn't there still a Club LT in Laurel?

                                      1. re: Mister Big
                                        monkeyrotica Mar 25, 2008 10:50 AM

                                        The Little Tavern in Laurel folded a while back.

                                      2. re: monkeyrotica
                                        Hal Laurent Mar 24, 2008 07:42 PM

                                        You're kidding, right? While I have a nostalgic attraction to Little Tavern, the only one left in the Baltimore area (that I'm aware of, at least) is in the middle of an industrial area on Holabird Ave. And the food isn't really that good, it's just a nostalgia thing. Certainly not a "worth the drive" destination.

                                        1. re: Hal Laurent
                                          monkeyrotica Mar 25, 2008 06:42 AM

                                          For me, it's worth it. Certainly closer than any White Castle, and the chichi mini burgers downtown just won't cut it when I want an authentic belly bomb.

                                          And part of the fun is the fact that Little Tavern burgers have a guaranteed upper GI half-life of 20 minutes. You can set your watch by them. Take THAT, Matchbox burgers!

                                          I'm also willing to drive 45 minutes for a pizza at the original Ledo's in Langley Park. Although, since I discovered The Italian Inn in Landover Hills, their version is my current fave. Same dimensions as Ledo's but without the buttery crust; a lot like the sheet pizzas at the former Irish Pizza Pub.

                                          1. re: monkeyrotica
                                            Hal Laurent Apr 30, 2008 04:56 PM

                                            I'm sorry to report that you won't have to make that trip anymore. The last Little Tavern (the one on Holabird Ave near Dundalk) closed yesterday afternoon.

                                      3. monavano Mar 24, 2008 03:58 PM

                                        A drive to Middleburg, VA is worth it just for the pulled pork sandwich at Market Salamander!
                                        I'm so glad you made me think of this. It's time to go again with the warmer weather!

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                                          DCDOLL Mar 24, 2008 03:09 PM

                                          that's easy...the Inn at Little Washington! Because it's so spendy though it's really a SPECIAL occasion place but worth it!

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                                            clemsonkd Mar 24, 2008 06:31 PM

                                            Agreed. Top meal of my life thus far.

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