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Help a NYer: Places to eat near Rockville/Gaithersburg

Please help out a helpless NYer. I have reason to be in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area semi-regularly over the next several months, but I have no idea where to eat. When I was in town this weekend I followed chowhound and other recommendations to Tako Grille and Joe's Noodle House, both of which I found incredibly disappointing. I know there is supposed to be great ethnic food around Rockville and other parts of the Maryland suburbs, but I don't know where to find it (and I don't know who to trust). Can anyone give me some suggestions? I eat everywhere in NY and price point doesn't matter. It can be ethnic or fancy, scenic or drab, but it has to have great food. Suggestions?

On a related note, is there anywhere to get great crabs without driving to Baltimore or further?

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  1. For good (but NOT NYC style) pizza or calzone, try Zio's on Shady Grove Road just east of 270.

    1. Bombay Bistro. De-lish Indian food. I heard that the new peruvian place is Rockville town enter is suppose too be good. Pho 75 is cheap and can't be beat!

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      Bombay Bistro
      98 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

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      1. re: HilkaryIC

        The peruvian place you refer to is La Canella (sp?) in the Rockville Town Center. I have eaten there with Peruvian relatives and everyone thought it was excellent.

      2. I've really been enjoying Bob's Noodle, much more so than Joe's (which I find to be somewhat hit or miss). I am currently addicted to the ginger chicken casserole from Bob's. For Taiwanese little plates, try A&J. Their fried chicken is great (as are their scallion pancakes).

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        1. re: Jule

          The Soft shell crabs at Bob's Noodles 66 (Taiwanese) is a great preparation. Don't know if SS crabs are all that popular in NYC, so this could be something different for you?

          Sorry you didn't like JNH. It has many fans through the years on Chowhound, especially me. What did you have there?

          1. re: Steve

            What's with all these year (or years) old topics being resurrected the last few days?

        2. Here are some recent conversations that should help:
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/513485
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/486657
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/454135
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/379295

          Do you want to pick crabs or eat crabcakes? For crabcakes, try Bobby's in Rockville Town center.

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