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Mar 4, 2009 09:35 AM

Nice Dinner near the Strathmore?

Hello -

I'm looking for a nice restaurant for a pre-show, birthday dinner near the Strathmore...any recommendations?


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  1. Addie's is a very fine choice, and walking distance (0.5 miles) from Strathmore.

    Addie's Restaurant
    11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

    1. Addie's, on Rockville Pike across from White Flint Mall, a member of the Black's group of restaurants, would fit the bill.

      1. Black Market Bistro is also close and very good.

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        1. re: Mister Big

          Black Market Bistro is ALSO part of Black's restaurant group, but I think of it more like a neighborhood joint, and less so a special occasion restaurant. And they don't take reservations.

          1. re: DanielK

            Black Market and Addies are equal, I think...

            1. re: DanielK

              A couple of months ago Black Market Bistro changed their reservation policy -- we only found out after walking in way too early to ensure dinner seating for 6 people.

              From their website:

              """Reservation Policy - Black Market Bistro Accepts A Limited Amount Of Reservations For Dinner Every Evening;

              Walk-Ins Are Welcome

              Lunch reservations are accepted for parties over 6 people: """

              1. re: Lydia R

                They also adhere to that nasty, nasty "policy" of not seating anyone, walk in or reservation, until "everyond in your party" is ready. Of course I detest some 20 year old kid-hotsess treating me like a child, or worse, insinuating that I a lying about having others join me for dinner. But it is even worse in a restaurant like BMB where the bar is generally full of diners and not conducive to waiting, not to mention, they dont serve booze so I can't get a proper drink to help me get over my anger with the hostess.

          2. Addies and Black Market
            Also if you want chains then Cheesecake Factory and PF Changs are in White Flint
            Also if you want sushi, Tako Grill in downtown Bethesda is not too far

            1. Although I love BlackSalt, and I can coax a decent meal out of Blacks (two of Jeff Black's other restaurants), I can't seem to understand the attraction of Addie's. To me, the decor is too kitchy and that prices too high for what I get. Oh, and it is a loooooong walk to Strathmore from Addie's.

              I think a better idea is Jean Michel's in Wildwood Shopping Center on Old Gtown Rd. Much more sophisticated if that is what you are looking for. Excellent soup and fish entree specials. Then take Grovesnor Lane over to and across Rt 355 and enter the Metro/Strathmore parking garage from the back Workds like a charm.

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              1. re: Pappy

                also in the same shopping center is the oakwood wine bar and restaurant and it is good

                1. re: dining with doc

                  Oakwood is WAY too expensive for what you get, and service is widely inconsistent. Have not found the need to go back there

                  1. re: nickdanger

                    I can't imagine Wildwood Shopping Center having any overpriced merchants.

                    We used to love going to Emersons in Wildwood for decent steak along with all you could eat salad, shrimp & beer. The 70's sure were fun,,,, and cheap.

                  2. re: dining with doc

                    I am not a fan of Oakwood.

                    I am a fan of pepperoni pizza at Geppetto's. With so much thick cut pepperoni that you actually have to knock some off.

                    And I am a fan of the Blue Cheese Burger with Sliced Raw Red Onion cooked rare at Hamburger Hamlet across the street.

                    1. re: Pappy

                      I was thinking about mentioning HH, but I've not been to that location in so long I can't even remember when I last went. I tried the HH location in Rio Center up 270 when they opened. It was a major disappointment on several visits.
                      IIRC my favorite burger at the Old G'town location was called a Rex Harrison, or something like that.
                      The memory's flooding into my head about HH are great. My wife and I were regulars for a long time, before & after getting married in 1980. Those were fine times. Thanks for prodding my memory! We had a regular waitress that used to make us the most incredible hot fudge sundaes! She made them big & sometimes free.

                  3. re: Pappy

                    I agree with Pappy! I love Jean Michel. It is indeed a special place.

                    Sometimes they close that back way into the Metro parking garage, though.

                    1. re: Pappy

                      I think Addies stands out because it's on the Pike and not a chain.

                      1. re: keithdcil

                        persimmon is not too far at all and very good