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Mar 3, 2010 05:07 AM

Cafes in Rockville/Gaithersburg?

We're just back from five years in New Zealand, and we're looking for a good local cafe near King Farm (upper Rockville/Gaithersburg area). Ideally it would be a non-chain place with good coffee, a few nice baked goods, and friendly vibe. Ideas?

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  1. Have you visited Mayorga Coffee in King Farm? If so, what's it like these days?

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    1. re: Lydia R

      Very comfy-cozy -- lots of leather chairs -- and a friendly staff. Riley, the manager, has an excellent touch with foaming milk for lattes and related drinks. And they've got good cookies and less satisfying other baked goods. I really WANT to like it; it's just a block from my house. But the problem for me is that the coffee, even straight up as an espresso, just tastes too watery. Riley says their roast is a light one, so maybe I'm just used to something darker. So, now I'm casting around for something else.

    2. I've lived in Rockville for 15 years and am still looking for one......

      1. If you're willing to take a short drive past gaithersburg about 15 minutes...i highly recommend the following:

        Pistachio Cafe in Laytonsville - great coffee, awesome pastry/desserts, sandwiches!! well worth the drive on a Saturday or Sunday morning...small friendly hangout ..Max Morales is really talented and comes from a great baking family...he catered my wedding 5 yrs ago, and people still rave about the food

        Royal Bakery in Germantown - awesome italian bakery/deli - super hugh sandwiches

        1. black market cafe near strathmore music center has great food in an old building near the railroad tracks in the Garret Park area of Rockville

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          1. re: citowolf

            I've not eaten at Black Market, so I can't attest to the food.

            I did, however, spend the first 20 years of my life growing up in Garrett (2 T's) Park, and it is absolutely NOT an "area of Rockville".
            We GP'ers are pretty touchy about our little town, which is the nation's first nuclear free zone.