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Sep 29, 2008 04:23 PM

Washington DC/Baltimore Restaurant Advice.

I am looking for several opinions about where to eat (Low price), tell me where the locals eat and it could be a hole in the wall, a street place, etc.

I am looking for this food:

Shawarma and Falafel
Pub with happy hour...
Tea House with traditional English afternoon tea.
Good coffee and deserts

Thank You all.

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        1. re: josephml1

          That's alot of ground you are trying to cover in two cities. I'd suggest searching the board for each type of food in both cities. What's the occasion? What does "low price" mean to you? What kind of "Italian"? etc.

        2. Chinesse: Eat First or Chinatown Express in Chinatown DC, Fu Shin in Gaithersburg, Paul Kee Duck house or Hollywood East in Wheaton
          Italian: Renauto's in Potomac, Assaggi in Bethesda, Pizza Pomedoro in Rockville Town Center
          Steaks: Ruth Chris Bethesda, The Palm Tysons, Rays the Steaks VA or Silver Spring
          Seafood: Crossroads Pub: Dayton, MD, Harris Crab house: Kent Island, Kaufmans taven: Gambrills, MD
          Deli: doesn't exist except in Baltimore: Attmans deli
          Shawarma and Falafel: Max's in Wheaton,MD (just like Tel Aviv)
          Pub with happy hour...
          Tea House with traditional English afternoon tea.
          Good coffee and deserts

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            1. re: dining with doc

              Kaufmann's is not what it used to be. It is still possible to get good steamed crabs there, but not always. The menu is unimaginative and stuck in the past. That said - standards that were at least good and dependable for decades - are now not. I lovED their fresh crab cakes. I sent the last one back to the kitchen. Pasteurized. It was yuck. Our extended family has been going to Kaufmann's since the mid sixties. We still go there on occasion when an out-of-town friend or relative insists on trying to relive the past. We always call ahead to ask about the crabs and will order something else off the menu - hoping the kitchen has improved. It hasn't. I would rather praise a good restaurant than knock a bad one. This hurts. We are very sad about the current situation at Kaufman's. It could do with less of a bar scene and more of a culinary scene. The neighborhood aches for a good restaurant.

            2. Two of my 'top 5' meals in DC proper are at hoes-in-the-wall. Both are seafood:

              First is Thai X-ing. Get the red curry salmon. Awesome. Also good is the tofu soup and the pad kana. You will not believe how tiny this place is.

              Second is Oohs and Aahs for soul food. Get the grilled shrimp with greens and rice with gravy as sides. Only four stools in front of the kitchen.

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