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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) - http://www.salathaidc.com/

      Guardado's (Spanish/Latin American) - http://www.guardadosnico.com/

      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.

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            Olazzo
            8235 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

            1. re: chicken kabob

              I posted about my experience here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6356...

              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.

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              Olazzo
              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.

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              Faryab
              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.

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                Faryab
                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.

            2. the vegan thing is making it a challenge. most restaurants I guess will have a veggie dish. You have many excellent choices in Bethesda and many will be within walking distance of your hotel and no need for car or metro
              IMO (and in no order): Blacks Bar and Kitchen (nice restaurant, seafood, gulf cooking, raw bar), Perssimon (nice restaurant, new american cooking), Green Papaya (upscale Vietnamese), Tako Grill (sushi and Japanese), Tia Queta (mexican) Rio Grande Cafe (tex/mex), Jaleo (tapas), Raku (asian and sushi), Cournacoppia (small upscaled italian market), BGR (burgers), Mia's Pizza, Penang (malaysian), Bethesda Crab House (crabs),
              Ruth Chris or Morton's Steak Houses, Faryab (afghan), Assagi (mozzarella bar), and I am sure I am leaving out some important places. let us know how it goes.

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              Rio Grande Cafe
              4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              Bethesda Crab House
              4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              Faryab
              4917 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              Tako Grill
              7756 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              Tia Queta Restaurant
              4839 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

              Green Papaya
              4922 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814

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              1. re: dining with doc

                I forgot THE NEST! Very good for basic food; salads, burgers, mussels, pizzas, etc.

              2. Ok ,anyone have any more ideas on Bethesda? I am headed down again this weekend for three nights..

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                1. re: Barbarella

                  Any feedback from your July experience?

                  1. re: Barbarella

                    Are you staying at the same hotel? Fresh Grill on Fairmont has wonderful burgers. I really enjoyed their fish sandwich as well but haven't had a chance to try other menu items. Mussel Bar is attracting huge crowds and lots of buzz; I haven't been yet. Taylor Gourmet is a wonderful sandwich shop which will open in Bethesda after Labor Day (I think). If you do a search on this board for these three places you will get a lot of comments on them.

                      1. re: chicken kabob

                        You all are making me rethink Fresh grill. Co-workers went there and said it was average at best, not nearly as good as BGR.

                        I would so not recommend South Street Steaks. Also, I think Jaleo has slipped. Mussel Bar is great, but pricey. Tia Queta is good and cheap and they have rooftop dining. I am told Bistro Provence is wondeful. I love Passage to India. Bacchus is good and reliable. And most of my Lebanese Taverna experiences have been good. I also enjoy Assaggi. And I LOVE Ren's Ramen. They go in to an unknown period of hiatus on Sept 2nd since they need to find a new location, but their stuff is AWESOME. I also enjoy Matuba and Tako Grill.

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                        South Street Steaks
                        7313 Baltimore Ave Ste B, College Park, MD 20740

                        Passage to India
                        4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                        Tako Grill
                        7756 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                        Tia Queta Restaurant
                        4839 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                        1. re: Pool Boy

                          Pool Boy: I was at Ren's last night. Sept. 3 is their last day (they'll close early on the 3rd) - unless they get an extension of a week or two which still might happen.

                          I think Fresh Grill is better than BGR, but at a minimum, it's good enough for you to go and form your own opinion.

                    1. re: Barbarella

                      I gave you like 10 choices last time. add to them Fresh Grill, BGR both for burgers, South Street Steaks for Philly cheesesteak, and you have a lot of places to choose from. Also go to Yogi Berry for great tart frozen yogurt

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                      South Street Steaks
                      7313 Baltimore Ave Ste B, College Park, MD 20740

                      Yogi Berry
                      18107 Town Center Dr, Olney, MD 20832