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Worth the Drive? aka Destination Eats

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: DCDOLL

      Agreed. Top meal of my life thus far.

    2. 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!
      http://houndstoothgourmet.com/market-...

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Isn't there still a Club LT in Laurel?

          1. re: Mister Big

            The Little Tavern in Laurel folded a while back.

          2. re: monkeyrotica

            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

              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

                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. 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. 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.

              http://www.missshirleys.com/

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              1. re: viperlush

                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

                  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

                    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!