Olney, MD Restaurants
Am meeting a friend in Olney, MD for dinner on 2/10 ... any recommendations for an inexpensive to moderate place w/ good food, service and a reasonable wine list?
Hmmmm Monday nite is prix fixe at Mannequin Pis, which is fabulous... Tuesday is their normal, bit more pricy menu. It's a great place, though...
I haven't been to Mannequin Pis for a while, but what I recall is that it is a bit pricey and not terribly comfortable. Plus, like a true bistro, everything is packed pretty close together. As a place to meet someone in comfort, you might prefer the Olney Grille. Good, not great, but comfortable and moderately priced. It is a place my wife and I like to go on occasion. Unfortunately, two of my favorite Olney joints that met your criteria are long gone--Blue Ox and Tomato Tango.
I'll second the Riccuitis' recommendation, but add that the upstairs area near the fireplace is much nicer than downstairs. Never been to Al Sospiro. Also never was at Riccuiti's in Laytonsville, so I can't comment on that, but I can say that I don't understand pgreen's review. My spouse and I both think that the food is terrific in Olney and I don't recall any "strange flavor combinations" or "dishes consisting of things that just don't go together."
1. Mannequin Pis: you actually can dine moderately if you stick to mussels
2. Aroma: new pan latin upscaled restaurant...pretty good
3. Al Sospiro: tuscan italian
4. Ricuitti's: italian, wood burning stove adult pizza
5. Olney Grill: like a Houstons
6. Olney Ale House: home made bread, beef stew, good burgers
7. Mama Lucia; pizza/italian chain
8. Sole Azteca; pretty good tex/Mex has an excellent seafood soup
9. Hunana Delight
10. Wasabi Zen: good sushi
11. Sakura: Japanese steak house like benihanna
re: dining with doc
We tried Aroma on Friday evening. The decor is lovely, including an outdoor patio that was getting plenty of action. The service inside was a little spotty, but the cocktails and main dishes were great. Big portions, interesting flavor combinations, and the first place in the DC area I've seen chispa, the unique Peruvian mash-up of Chinese and Andean cuisine that is very popular in Lima.