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Oct 9, 2008 05:54 PM

Cheap in Bethesda?

That's me. Any inexpensive places I should try?

I will be staying in north Bethesda, at the Marriott just outside of the beltway. Are there good places to try out there? I usually stay closer in.

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  1. You are in are just down the street from an awesome kabob place called Moby Dick. House Of Kabob It is a local area chain-there are 12 in md/va/dc. It is counter service, but the food is freshly prepared and delicious. Good value for large portions. I highly reccomend the chicken kabob w/ rice or jooj (pita bread) and a side of hummus. It is off of Wisconsin just past the women's market. Other close by (walking distance), reasonably priced places include Raku for asian fusion (I LOVE their chilean seabass) and The Burger Joint. ENJOY!!

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    1. re: chicken kabob

      I think you are confusing the Hyatt with the Marriott which is more than up the street -- can't think of anything to eat around there though.

      1. re: Teddybear

        Thanks Teddybear..You are right.. HOWEVER, are walking distance (10 minuite walk?) to the metro (Grosvenor Station)...and if you take the metro just 1 stop away (Bethesda Station) you will be within walking distance of tons of restaurants, including the ones I mentioned. Your train ride would be under 5 minutes. Many (but not all) of the rstaurants are around the Bethesda Barnes & Noble.

        1. re: chicken kabob

          Not to pick any nits, but Grosvenor Metro unfortunately is not walkable from the Marriott, and it's two stations from Bethesda (Medical Center in between). I mean, you *could* walk it, but you'd be on the shoulder of 355 as there are no dedicated walking paths. However, I think the Marriott runs some sort of shuttle to get people off the property and in position to go places. Explore that option.

          Beyond that, I am in completely in line with the recommendations above. I'd add Bangkok Garden for very good and relaible Thai, as well as Chicken on the Run if you feel like getting your fingers dirty with Peruvian pollo a la brasa.

      2. re: chicken kabob

        Sounds like the OP is staying at the Marriott Conference Center across the street from the White Flint Metro station. Making Bethesda 3 stops away.

        1. re: MrsWheatie

          Regardless of the number of stops, it is still only a 5 minute ride.

          1. re: MrsWheatie

            Marriott Conference Center is actually in Rockville; they just call it North Bethesda. I call my cat a dog, but I can't get her to bark.

            1. re: Mister Big

              LOL...when I lived in Silver Spring 15 years ago, North Bethesda was Rockville. How times change!

        2. If you are closer to White Flint than Bethesda proper, I would recommend staying in your area and go to one of the many places on/near Rockville Pike. Addie's is reasonable for lunch, I love Tapei Tokyo, there are a lot of ethnic restaurants up and down the Pike, Chinese, Vietnamese, Greek, etc, for noodles, dim sum, and lots of other fare. That might be closer than going to downtown Bethesda.

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          1. re: coolblursn

            Thanks all. Yes, I ill be at the CC Marriott/Flint Metro. Glad to hear there are places nearby. Last year I stayed at the Hyatt in Bethesda, and loved it. But priceline has placed me at the Marriott North this time. Hope I like it as much.

            1. re: travisleroy

              Immediately walkable to your hotel is Vegetable Garden, a decent vegetarian Chinese restaurant.

              The aforementioned Addie's is a cozy modern American place - it's not expensive, but it's not cheap either. A block south of your hotel.

              A 5 minute walk takes you to Amina Thai, a Muslim halal Thai place. It's not bad, but I personally miss the pork and Singha!

              However, if you have a car, just a 5 minute drive north gets you to Urban BBQ, El Patio (Argentinian), Vit Goel (Korean), Mykonos (Greek), Joe's Noodle (world-class Sichuan), A&J (Taiwanese dim sum), Hinode (Japanese), and the list goes on and on. You're actually in Rockville, not Bethesda, so search this board for Rockville and you'll find 100 more places. Also, a lot of those places are within a block or two of the Metro, 1-2 stops north of White Flint.

              Enjoy! Rockville is one of the finest neighborhoods in the entire metro area for cheap eats!