MD suburbs good, cheap eats
Looking for delicious, inexpensive, perhaps family owned, and definitely homemade non-chain restaurants in the MD suburbs (I live in Gtown, but anything is good. If you think of something in DC or NoVA I wouldn't mind hearing about it either).
I'm thinking something ala Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, although doesn't have to fit that category (aka it can be clean :P) as long as it is inexpensive (~$15or less for an entree).
The only place I can come up with is a family owned Greek place in Gaithersburg. Any help appreciated.
In Germantown there's Johnny's Kabob in the shopping center behind DSW. Also, I've heard good things about La Brasa Grill in the shopping center where Rita's is located. For Mexican, Cafe Tacuba in the Fox Chapel center.
On Snouffer School road used to be called Vasili's, now called Mythos. Owner moved to Kentlands and opened a new Vasili's (also good, but a bit more expensive, and more expansive menu) and the original chef (Nick I believe?) stayed at the original location and renamed it. I've loved it for a long time. Best tzatziki I've ever had.
Actually, there are two Greek places in Gaithersburg. The other one is the Athens Grill, in the shopping center accross from the Goshen Giant. (www.athensgrill.com) This place is the one the Washingtonian wrote up recently--and very favorably. I haven't been there in a while (since we moved out of Montgomery Village), but we always liked it.
Urban Barbeque- Rockville
Pana Thai- Derwood
Fu Shin: Gaithersburg (Chinese)
Biscotti: Derwood (Italian)
Azucar: Layhill/Silverspring (latin)
Sunshine Market: Sunshine MD (a true Diners, Drive-in and Dive place with outstanding Burgers, breakfast and other sandwiches in a bait store/gas station/ convienence store circa 1950
Flor de la Canela - Great Peruvian (not just chicken!) in Gaithersburg
Tai Shan - Good authentic in Chinese in Montgomery Village
Thai Jasmine Bistro - Great Thai in Gaithersburg
Urban Burger - Good cheap burgers in Rockville
Pho 75 - Best pho in the area, in Rockville
Italian Pines - Good homestyle Italian in Gaithersburg
China Bistro - Great dumplings and above average Americanized Chinese food
Ambrosia Grill - Good greek in Rockville
Growler's - Good brewpub in Gaithersburg - not everything on the menu is great but their gameday specials are really good
El Tapatio #2 - Great Mexican in Gaithersburg
Plato's - Out of the way in College Park, but one of the best diners in the area.
I'll second your daughter. You have to be a lousy Greek diner to serve those horrible pre-packaged grey bologna and call it a "gyro." Marathon Deli up the street and Gyromania in Beltsville both do better.
Also for cheap eats in the Beltsville area:
Da Rae Won for handmade Korean noodles.
Myong Dong for Korean fried chicken.
Gah Rahm does decent buffet and tabletop grilled stuff.
YiaYia is another good Greek place.
Sardi's does good Peruvian chicken.