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ximena2080 Jun 3, 2008 08:10 AM

I am going to be in Gaithersburg for some time. I was hoping to get suggestions for all sorts of restaurants (everything from holes in the wall to fine dining, from delis to different ethnic foods) in the area. Thanks.

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    mrsphud Jun 3, 2008 11:19 AM

    There are tons of restaurants in the Gaithersburg area. Peking Cheers has some great authentic dishes, including a very inexpensive Peking Duck. New Fortune has daily dim sum. There is an outpost of Louisiana Express on Century (but the actual name escapes me).

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    1. re: mrsphud
      rheelee Jun 12, 2008 06:14 AM

      You should definitely visit the Lancaster Dutch Market http://www.lancastercountydutchmarket.com/ off of Great Seneca Highway in Germantown--not too far from Gaithersburg. I love their pretzels, bbq, homemade sausages, baked goods, produce, and family restaurant. They are only open on Th, Fri, Sat. It gets very busy around lunch time.

      Sorry, I disagree with mrsphud on Peking Cheers about their Peking Duck. I find the food there to be horrible, no matter how inexpensive. A better bet for Chinese in Gaithersburg is Mamma Wok & Terriyaki. Authentic choices from the Chef's Specialties menu section and good quality.

      Madras Palace http://madraspalaceusa.com/ has a good, vegetarian, Indian buffet for lunch.

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      wookyluvr Jun 3, 2008 11:20 AM

      Here's a start.
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/518486

      Some of my current faves:
      O'Donnell's in the Kentlands for Norfolk style lump crabmeat. Had some last night and YUM!

      Lumpia Pansit on Muddy Branch for delish filipino food.

      Main St Cafe in Kentlands -- good quiche and sandwiches and illy coffee.

      La Canela in Rockville Town Center... this is a new outpost of La Flor de la Canela which has been serving beautiful peruvian food in Gaithersburg for several years. We had a lovely meal at La Canela last weekend. Great service, beautiful space. Loved it!

      Itoyanagi -- nice little Japanese place in the Kentlands. We enjoy it.

      Cava in Traville -- greek tapas

      Ask questions. Eat well!

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        wookyluvr Jun 4, 2008 08:38 AM

        Just saw WOW Deli on Gaither Road written up in the Post this morning. Anyone tried it? It sounds promising! The photo of that cheesesteak is particularly interesting!
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

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          reiflame Jun 4, 2008 10:57 AM

          Yep, it's right across the street from me. It has high points and low points - the main high point being that the most expensive sandwich is like $6.

          I like the California Dream, the New Yorker and the Gyro (which doesn't taste that much like a real gyro, but it's good in its own way). The fries are mediocre at best. I haven't tried their breakfast food, although my cubemate likes it and it smells ok.

          In short, great lunch place, especially since I can walk there. I'm not sure I'd make a special trip though.

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        nickdanger Jun 4, 2008 01:43 PM

        Don't forget Dog Fish Head brew pub. http://www.dogfish.com/

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          wookyluvr Jun 4, 2008 02:40 PM

          Do you like the food there? What do you get that's good? I haven't been too impressed with the food, but maybe I just didn't order well.

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            reiflame Jun 4, 2008 05:16 PM

            A lot of things are so-so, but the burgers are decent. I also like the crab dip and the fries.

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              nickdanger Jun 5, 2008 11:32 AM

              Caesar salad with salmon or crab cake, the burger, particularly on Mondays when they are discounted, and once I had, against my initial better judgment, the cheeseburger pizza (ground beef, lettuce, tomato and mustard) because the waitress told me it was the staff dinner that they put on the menu because so many people asked for it. It was pretty good.

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              jkosnett Jun 14, 2008 12:54 PM

              The burgers are excellent and will be cooked to order. Good chicken sandwiches and occasional fish or crab specials. It's the best bar in G'burg IMHO. (I live a short bike ride away),

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              steinre1 Jun 5, 2008 01:43 PM

              When I lived in Gaithersburg, I really liked Ay Jalisco Mexican Restaurant. Some of the best Mexican food I've had in the area:

              http://www.shopgaithersburg.com/store...

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                hypnoteyez_713 Jun 11, 2008 11:06 AM

                Roy's Place
                2 E. Diamond Ave.
                Gaithersburg, MD
                roysplacerestaurant.com

                It's been around for years, but I myself have just finally visited the place a few weeks ago. 209 different types of sandwiches...and I'm really not big into sandwiches. We had to get a to-go menu so that next time we could think of what we wanted before heading there. If you're not a patient person, you might want to look at the menu before heading there...I almost finished a drink before deciding on a sandwich. So many interesting combinations that it was hard to decide on something. My sandwich was so great that I haven't brought myself to order something different yet. The knockup...their signature drink...is great for the summer! Great service too.

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                  steinre1 Jun 14, 2008 07:48 PM

                  I might be in the minority here, but I was kinda disappointed in Roy's Place. I wanted to like it in the worst way. Sure the menu is out there and there are those crazy combinations and the infamous ice cube sandwich. But when it came down to it, all of the sandwiches served to my party were just pretty average.

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                    nickdanger Jun 16, 2008 10:31 AM

                    Agree. Roy's is living on a past rep, when going out to G'burg was an adventure.

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                      flavrmeistr Jun 16, 2008 11:51 AM

                      I still like the Libby, named for Roy's cat (who couldn't care less). Hot pastrami, corned beef, coleslaw, Russian dressing on pumpernickel. Beer and drink specials are pretty decent. If you show up before noon, you can sometimes catch the main attraction, which is Roy himself.

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                    Sean D Jun 24, 2009 09:10 AM

                    Roy's Place is worth a visit for no other reason than the massive sandwich menu. The sandwiches are good, for the most part. None are over-the-top, but then again the prices on everything there are relatively low.

                  3. laugh riot Jun 18, 2009 08:41 AM

                    My haunts:

                    Minerva for Indian (amazing little dips--like 6 of them!--that come with the entrees)

                    Acajutla for Mexican/Salvadorian (super cheap, quick, easy, great drinks, and just plain delicious)

                    Growler's for brewpub (beer brewed on-site, unlike Dogfish Head, delicious and quirky menu, neat atmosphere, bands on Friday nights)

                    New Fortune for Chinese (like a buffet that comes to your table...amazing atmosphere on the weekends when it's packed, but it's so huge it is never full)

                    La Fleur de la Canela for Peruvian (possibly the best Peruvian in the whole DC area, and cheap to boot)

                    South Street Steaks for cheesesteaks (best you'll have this far outside of Philly, that much I can guarantee)

                    Il Pizzico for italian (authentic two course structure and great little wine list, affordable too)

                    Manhattan Pizza for carryout or delivery (it's not New York, but it's consistently delicious and the delivery is very punctual)

                    Athens Grill for gyros and other Greek takeout (cheap, clean, easy and delicious)

                    Mayhan for kabob and such

                    Cava for Greek tapas

                    Vasilis for Greek, period.

                    That's all I can think of in Gaithersburg off the top of my head, although there are plenty of other random restaurants worth going to, depending on your palate.

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                      Dennis S Jun 18, 2009 09:28 AM

                      I was just at Growlers for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Nice place. Not too much to go overly out of your way, but if I was in the area it's a solid spot. Their dressings are really good and I assume made there. And, the beers were good, too.

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                        chicken kabob Jun 19, 2009 12:59 PM

                        I second Cava- excellent and fun atmosphere- And Moby Dick House Of Kabob (Gaithersburg) for freshly made, delicious kabobs-very casual- I go to their Bethesda location all of the time (see the screen name=)

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                          altan Jun 24, 2009 06:32 AM

                          I agree with chicken kabob - Cava is a wonderful place to go for their very good food and wonderful atmosphere. One of the most ordered things when we go out for dinner are the spicy lamb sliders, topped with some wonderful harissa, which is placed on ur table when you arrive.

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