good places to eat in Rockville?
I will be staying at the Hilton in Rockville for 4 days on a business trip. I am looking for good places to eat in that area. I will have a car but prefer not to drive too far (although I will drive for something exceptionally good). I'm not so much into burger joints, otherwise I am OK with pretty much everything, from the cheap ethnic shack to the expensive upscale place (business is paying, eh :). I won't have a date or business customers to impress and entertain. Tasty food is all I am after.
Oh, I am looking also for a pub with a good selection of beers or a nice wine bar where I can relax a little in the evening.
Cava for Greek tapas-trendy, delicious, mid-priced, casual
The Kentlands has a lot of restaurants. My favorie being Moby Dick (Persian) which would fit into your "cheap ethnic shack" catagory.
You are withing walking distance of two great places. El Patio a casual Argentinian place specializing in great empanadas and a surprisingly good and cheap bottle wine list. Urban BBQ again a casual BBQ joint with some interesting apps like the redneck fondue.
One metro stop north (Rockville) is the town center where you can visit La Canela a great Peruvian restaurant as well as a Gordon Biersch brewpub to satisfy you beer craving.
Near to one metro stop south (White Flint) is Addie's a modern American with a decent wine list.
However, I suggest you visit the Dogfish Head Alehouse about a ten minute drive or taxi ride (in Gaithersburg) to enjoy a great atmosphere staff and 10-15 of the dogfish head beers.
My favorite place in the DC area is Joe's Noodle House for Sichuan xiao chi (small plates):.
Wontons in red hot sauce
spicy and sour pickled vegetables
fried baby smelt and peanuts
Homemade bacon with leek
steamed taro mash and red date cake
A&J, just north of you on the Pike, west side of the street, lower level of a strip mall. Great Northern Chinese dim sum and CHEAP. Sichuan Village in Rockville Town Center has gotten some good postings--I haven't been. Spice Xing in Rockville Town Center has great Indian food. Not dirt cheap, but certainly reasonably priced and a nice atmosphere. I'm not as big a fan of Joe's after a take out meal that was WAY subpar.
I've heard good things about Gilly's fine beer/wine store (just next door to Urban BBQ), but haven't been.
BEHIND SOUTH OF THE BORDER IS AN IRANIAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT. GO THERE! THEN WANDER DOWN TO THE END OF THE CENTER TO THE WORLD MARKET OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND GET SOME CHEESE PASTRIES AND SOME MEAT PASTRIESF!!!!! NOTHING EVER BETTER!!!! ALSO, THERE'S THE CUBAN RESTAURANT, FABULOUS. DON'T DRINK MORE THAN ONE COFFEEL!!! AKS AT THE HOTEL ABOUT THE LEBANESE TAVERNS OUTPOST. I THINK THAT'S THE NAME. IN CONGRESSIONAL PLAZA. AVOID THE BRAZILIAN BARBEQUE IF IT'S STILL THERE.