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Sep 12, 2009 04:24 PM

Fave chinese take-out near Silver Spring/Chevy Chase

I'll be driving down to visit my sister next month for a brief overnight visit.She lives in the Chevy Chase Village/Friendship Heights area of DC.I was hoping to bring some take-out Chinese with me for our dinner that night.So 'hounds- can you steer me to some of your fave places off I-495 in that area?I'd prefer not to go all the way into the city but if the food is good,I'll travel.It'll also be around 6 or 7 in the evening after a day on the road starting at 5AM.Help me out here 'hounds.I'll give a report after the roadtrip to let you know how I made out.Thanks all.

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  1. For Sichuan, Joe's Noodle House. Search this board for "Joe's Noodle House" and you'll get a ton of recs.

    1. Rockbound – I apologize because it’s difficult to know whether you just want some decent “Westernized” Chinese food that’s on your flight vector or tongue-numbing, most-excellent Sichuan food that’s a ten-extra-mile detour at the end of your estimated 12+-hour journey.

      If you want the later, we’ve got lot’s outside the Beltway (I-495) with Joe’s Noodle being an excellent example [].

      If it’s the former:

      Bethesda [exit 355 south]:

      Foong Lin
      7710 Norfolk Avenue
      Bethesda, MD 20814
      Phone: 301-656-3427
      Phone: 301-656-3617
      No Personal Checks
      Hours of Operation:
      Mon-Fri 11:00am-10:30pm
      Sat 11:00am-11:00pm
      Sun 11:30am-10:00pm
      Best report recently:
      Woodley Park North of the Zoo on Connecticut Ave:

      Spices [more modern pan-Asian]
      3333-A Connecticut Ave, NW,
      Washington, DC 20008
      Tel: (202) 686-3833
      Fax:(202) 686-0149
      Business Hours:
      Mon – Fri Lunch 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
      Mon – Fri Dinner 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
      Sat 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
      Sun 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
      Hopefully more 'hounds will chime in.

      1. If you want American-Chinese food I would recommend Mei Wah in Friendship Heights over Foong Lin.

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        1. re: Doh

          Meiwah is OK for certain things. Depends what you like. I like their creamy chicken & corn soup (haven't found a better one in DC proper--am sure there are good, if not better ones in the suburbs though!). The food is rather bland, but not greasy. Americanized, as Doh says, but fresh and good quality. Meiwah also delivers, btw.

          I also second Lydia's recommendation of Spices (pan-Asian) and Joe's Noodle House.

        2. Will you be coming down I-95 from NYC or I-270 from points west? If 95, then is Oriental East still there (help me out here Lydia)? If so, that should be a decent possibility and reasonably well located. If one is on the beltway having come down 95, exit on Georgia, get the food, and then if you have a navigation system it's a fairly easy drive on the streets (East West Hy to Conn. Ave. and down to Chevy Chase, or through the park and down Western).

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          1. re: johnb

            Thanks for the Long Distance assist John.

            Yes, Oriental East is a block or two off of the intersection of Georgia & Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

            The location is a bit tricky the first time because it is in the interior of a strip shopping center. The corner anchor facing the intersection of Colesville & East-West Hiway is Caribou Coffee. I ususally think of OE for dim sum [4th in my local hit parade], not carryout.

            Oriental East
            1312 East-West Highway
            Silver Spring MD 20910
            Sunday - Thursday: 11a -10p
            Friday & Saturday: 11a - 11p
            Dim Sum daily: 11a - 3p

            1. re: Lydia R

              Personally, I'd travel the extra distance for Foong Lin vs. going to OE for carryout. Living in Takoma Park and finding OE about half as far away as FL has tempted me sometimes, but I've been very disappointed with what I've brought home from OE and now don't even bother.

              Meiwah would be the most convenient if you're going to FH Village -- it's right there! -- but I've never been.