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Mar 17, 2010 05:23 AM

Gaithersburg, MD Restaurants

Traveling down from Boston this weekend. Can anyone recommend good places in the Gaithersburg area? Looking for a good experience for small family. Nothing extravagant. Something a little unique to the area would be great. We don't have any dietary restrictions, and we're very adventurous eaters.

No chains, please.


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  1. Gaithersburg has tons of great cheap ethnic eats. I think it's one of the most underrated areas in DC (mostly because people are afraid to drive out this far)

    Burma Road - Burmese
    Pana Thai - Thai
    Flor de la Canela - Peruvian
    Growlers - Brewpub
    Tai Shan - Chinese
    New Fortune - Dim Sum
    Pho 75 - Pho
    Roy's - Sandwiches
    Mayhan - Afghan

    I hope this helps! If there's any particular type of food you're interested in, let me know.

    7 Replies
    1. re: reiflame

      Thanks. We're less likely to go for Asian. The Burmese, Peruvian, Afghan options look interesting because they seem rare.

      We love real Mexican (Mole, Pipian, slow cooked, sauce dishes - not burrito joints)

      Seafood is also a good choice, as long as it has a mid-atlantic slant to it.

      We'd probably drive an hour if the it was worth it. I've read good things about Mannequin Pis & Le Palais.

      1. re: MSCS

        DC in general lacks Mexican but has tons of Salvadorean, Guatemalan and Peruvian to make up for it. Go to old town Gaithersburg - it's all Salvadorean, and most if it is pretty good. I like Antojito's.

        If you want something a little more upscale, I would recommend heading up to Frederick. Not only is it an adorable little town, it has abundant parking and a bunch of good restaurants. Volt is probably the most famous right now due to Bryan Voltaggio's showing on Top Chef. It's hard to get a seat for dinner but lunch is always an option.

        1. re: reiflame

          I forgot about Rainbow in Old Town for Ghanese/West African. Very very spicy.

          1. re: reiflame

            Found a good taco place today - Taco Bar. It's at the gas station at Rio/Washingtonian. They have 6 or 7 different types of tacos and a topping bar with 4 different types of salsa, cilantro, lime etc. A huge steal - we got 4 tacos (lengua, pastor, chorizo and suadero) plus two drinks for $14.

            1. re: reiflame

              I've posted about this little spot many times on this board. It's one of the best taco joints around. The posole is excellent as well.

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                Heartily recommend Taco Bar...the only place to go in MoCo for cheap and good Mexican food.

        2. re: MSCS

          In Rockville Town Center Bobby's Crabcakes and Spice Xing for Indian are also good and it's a nice place to walk around.

          Spice Xing
          100-B Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

          Bobby's Crabcakes
          101 Gibbs St Unit C, Rockville, MD 20850

      2. Italian - Il Pizzico at Gude and Rockville Pike
        Most Peruvian a good bet
        Mannequin Pis - Not recommended if time is limited, there are better choices I think

        Il Pizzico
        15209 Frederick Rd Ste 2, Rockville, MD 20850

        Mannequin Pis Restaurant
        18064 Georgia Ave, Olney, MD 20832