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Jul 7, 2010 11:16 AM

3 Nights in Bethesda---- Need recommendations

will be in town July 15-17 and need to know what restos we should consider. We eat most things. daughter is vegan but usually finds something on menu she will eat. Will have a car but would rather take metro or just walk to resto.

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  1. I love Mia's Pizza and Ren's Ramen (although this hot weather doesn't exactly put one in the mood for ramen!). Rice Paddies Grill is good for casual Vietnamese cold noodle dishes. Dolcezza makes great gelato.

    1. Though I'm not a local, I spend way too much time in Bethesda for work. A few restaurants we've had good dinners at are:

      Sala Thai (Thai) -

      Guardado's (Spanish/Latin American) -

      Not sure where you are staying, but both of these places are within walking distance of the Bethesda metro station.

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      1. re: truman

        Staying at the Doubletree off of Cordell.

        1. re: Barbarella

          That's a great location for restaurants. You are very close to Mia's Pizza, plus three other places that are said to be good but I haven't tried yet: Faryab, Black's Bar and Kitchen and Passage to India. I'd avoid Olazzo.

          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            I like Olazzo. I have had very good spaghetti w/ white clam sauce and pasta w/ amazing meatballs.

            8235 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

            1. re: chicken kabob

              I posted about my experience here:

              When I say avoid it, I don't mean that it's so awful that no one should eat there ever, but just that with only three dinners in Bethesda for the OP, I don't think Olazzo should be a contender for one of those slots. There are better choices.

              7921 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                I had a memorably bad meal at Olazza maybe 2 years ago, so I would echo the recommendation to avoid it. The quality of food there was atrocious.

                1. re: woodleyparkhound

                  woodleyparkhound- yep- that makes sense...i understand where you are coming from.

        2. Lebanese Taverna (mediterranean) and Jaleo (tapas) might be vegan-friendly. I like Raku (Asian) for lunch.

          1. passage to india is wonderful. Also, people rave about the Afghan restaurant on the same street but the name escapes me right now.

            I've yet to have anything good at Roku other than outside seating....

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            1. re: Jeserf

              Faryab is the Afghan place on Cordell - nice people and very good food. Try the aushak (leek dumplings) and the appetizer with pumpkin.

              4917 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              1. re: con carne

                My favorites:
                Rice Paddies Grill (casual, Vietnamese.)
                Moby Dick (casual, Persian.)
                Raku (Asian fusion, trendy.)
                Quartermaine (excellent coffee.)
                Au Pain Quotidien (Belgium (sp?), esp. good for breakfast/lunch.)
                Mia's Pizza
                Organic To Go & Sweetgreen (make your own salads.)
                The new tangy-sweet yogurt place next to Green Papaya-I forget the name-but better yogurt than Sweet Green.

                In my opinion, I do not like Guardardo's. Faryab is ok.
                I saw from your profile that you like Chilean seabass. My favorite is at Raku.

                4917 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                Moby Dick
                1070 31st Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007

                1. re: chicken kabob

                  blacks and persimmon are very good but more on the fine dining side of things.

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