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.
Taste Budds in Fort Washington has great Caribbean food. Their coco bread is good, but I tend to buy it in bulk from a store in Clinton. Their food is very good...I love their greens, and I have been very pleased with just about every entree they have. It's also cheap enough that I don't even care if it's authentic, though it may be. They have another storefront in DC, but I can't seem to convince them to come to NoVA.
lots along the Route 1 corridor inside the beltway in PGC
in College Park there is the Varsity Grill on Route 1-locally owned by 2 families, also Hanami is locally-Japanese owned with great Sushi
in Beltsville good Mexican at El Mexicano
Franklin's in Hyattsville is owned by a local in the neighborhood - good food and microbrews
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.
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
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.