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Dinner between Baltimore and Silver Spring?

We're headed from Baltimore to meet friends in Silver Spring after dinner. So, we need to eat somewhere in between, or when we get there. We are looking for something that is either great "ethnic" food of some sort, or a place where the chef is doing something creative/inventive.

Someone had suggested azucar in Silver Spring.

We have't been to cafe atlantico in some time, but that concept would work, as would something like Woodberry Kitchen.

It can be upscale, but we want to be able to dress no nicer than business casual.

Suggestions appreciated.


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  1. Azucar in Silver Spring is pretty good, but IMO I don't think it's really worth a trip from Baltimore.

    I would refer to you to the recent Rockville thread for some really fantastic ethnic options in Rockville, especially A&J's, Temari, Bob's Noodle House, etc. It's a little out of the way for your Baltimoreans, but geographically, it's between Bmore and SS. :)

    The Rockville thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/661372

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    1. re: ineemeeny

      Rockville is between Baltimore and Silver Spring if you consider going several miles to the west of a direct route as part of the direct route between them.

      My recommendation is the Hickory Grill in Burtonsville. Alternatively, I would suggest the Kabob n Kahari on New Hampshire Avenue in Cloverly. Both of these are on a direct route to Silver Spring.

    2. Victoria Gastropub in columbia is excellent and has an interesting menu. The Kobe burger with white truffle cheese is a fantastic dish. food is very good, setting nice, and great beer selection

      Also like the iron bridge wine company as well as Jesse Wong's Asean Bistro

      finally perhaps the best ethic restaurant is the Grace Garden near Fort Meade. The chow thread on it has almost 200 replies and believe me, the food is as good as advertised

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      1. re: dining with doc

        Victoria Gastropub is terrific as is Donna's (the same Donna's as in Baltimore) in the same strip center.

      2. Elkridge Furnace Inn fits the geographic requireement. Have not been in many years, however.

        1. Check out Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsville, Rtes 29 & 198.

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          1. re: MrsWheatie

            I have also heard the Iron Bridge is very good although I have not been myself.

            1. re: gelato98

              Thumbs up on Iron Bridge, though I recall we just had soup, a cheese sampler and some wine. Nice casual environment and fun.

          2. Oh, I just remembered Tersiguel's in Ellicott City. Pretty good French food, kind of a strange atmosphere, but I had a fantastic time. Business casual will be fine here. Definitely worth looking up.

            1. Mango Grill in Columbia. Yummy veggie Indian

              Cafe de Paris for bistro in Columbia

              Bistro Blanc is along the same lines as Iron Bridge and Woodberry, but may be out of your way. I haven't been yet but there are reviews on the board

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              1. re: MrsWheatie

                I second Cafe De Paris. Iron Bridge has a younger, hipper vibe if you want that. Grace Garden is unfortunately out of the way for the OP, and I find Victoria Gastropub unfriendly, inconsistent and pretentious

                1. re: crowsonguy

                  Third for Cafe de Paris (but how far off 95 is it?). Nothing novel here, but very good cooking and very pleasant.

                  1. re: crowsonguy

                    would advise you to give Victoria Gastropub another chance. I have been there 7 times and each time the waiter or waitress has been super nice and the owner as well as his daughter has stopped by to chat and make sure we are happy. Plus food is interesting and consistently very good and not pretentious at all. It is bar food kicked up 5 notches. That Kobe Burger with white truffle cheese sauce as well as the lobster grilled cheese are great.

                2. Thanks all for the recommendations. I was outvoted... Our timing changed a bit, and we ended up going directly to Silver Spring due to our time crunch and due to a desire to not have to worry about traffic, etc. if we ate in Colombia.

                  We also decided that in addition to our above criteria we wanted meat, without going to a steak house. We ate at Jackie's Restaurant. Without getting into a full-out review, it was a little underwhelming. To start we had a wedge of butter lettuce served with an anchovy-lemon jam dressing and an aged sheep milk cheese and PEI mussels in a madras curry broth with lime jelly and cilantro. These were both definitely better than the main courses. The salad was a little on the small side and could have used some more dressing without it being overwhelmed, but the flavors were nice and it was an easy and enjoyable start to the meal. The mussels were quite tasty, if also coming across as a bit of an odd approach. The killer here was that the broth would have been great with bread, but the bread that was served seemed like it had been left over from the night before. I'm almost sure it wasn't, but it wasn't very good. We then had a duck leg and duck sausage dish and a ribeye. There was no reason to get the duck -- the leg was no better than anyone else's and the sausage was short on flavor and had a brat texture, so nothing special there. The steak was relatively small and wasn't flavored. It was almost as if they forgot the balsamic. The cubano peppers that came with it were just too greasy.

                  Coupled with the decor that is now just dingy and old, it was, as I said above, a bit underwhelming. Certainly no reason to return.

                  As for the suggestions, Victoria's would have worked well but for our timing issues, and now I have a bunch more places to try the next time around. Thanks very much. I appreciate it.

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                  1. re: frogville

                    Thanks for getting back to us, Frogville!