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Apr 28, 2010 06:37 PM

Silver Spring non-meat options

Hi! We're familiar with Bethesda and District but staying in Silver Spring for an AU graduation weekend and looking for recs in general but some of us do not eat red meat nor poultry. Thanks for help.

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  1. Near downtown Silver Spring, Lotus Cafe at 8077 Georgia Ave has a good vegetarian selection. You can also check out Mandalay at 930 Bonifant Street. Both are a short walk from the Metro and have street and public parking.

    Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe
    930 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Lotus Cafe
    8073 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

    1. If you had time to metro up to Wheaton you could get the falafel plate at Max's. mmmmmm.

      1. How willing are you to do ethnic food? You could go to Addis Ababa for Ethiopian and just order the vegetarian meals.

        Addis Ababa Restaurant
        8233 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

        1. I agree with the earlier poster, your best options are ethnic foods. It depends on what kind you like and how far you want to travel. I'm assuming you are staying at one of the downtown Silver Spring hotels.

          Lotus Cafe is a nice Vietnamese place, but it is about 3/4 mile from the downtown SS area along a rather unpleasant walk on Georgia.
          Mandalay is excellent & a little more exotic. It's Burmese - sort of a cross between Chinese and Indian. They have a whole page of vegetarian options & several more of meat ones.

          Other places to consider
          Mi Rancho - for Tex-Mex. Very festive atmosphere. Eat on the patio if it's nice.
          Asian Bistro - in the center of SS. Chinese & sushi with lots of vegetarian options.
          da Marco - for classic Italian. Stick with the pastas here.
          Ghar E Kabab nice little place with Indian/Nepalese food.

          Have a great trip.

          MI Rancho MD
          8701 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring, MD

          Da Marco Italian Gourmet
          8662 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

          Asian Bistro
          8537 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

          944 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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          1. re: jerirl

            Mandalay is a Burmese (sort of the love child of Thai and Indian food) restaurant and it has great vegetarian options, their salads and noodle dishes are really good. Mandalay has a great track record for modifying their food, they will happily substitute soy sauce for fish sauce in any dish. They also modify the spice level.

          2. Seconding most of the above, especially Mandalay, which has an extensive vegetarian selection. There are three Ethiopian restaurants in downtown Silver Spring all of which have strong veg options--Abol is our favorite (on Colesville across from the AFI). Ghar-E-kabab has plenty of veggie options (and the best aloo gobi I've ever had), as does local chain Lebanese Taverna located in the mall-ish section of downtown Silver Spring.

            For more traditional options, Adega cafe on Ellsworth has a few nice veggie dishes and The Quarry house serves up veggie burgers, sandwiches, and hummus plates along with their tater tots.