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One thing that I enjoy about visiting Rockville is the variety. In one small strip was Yekta Kabobi and Grocery (visit, it's a trip), Joe's Noodles, a European knick-knack store with a counter of pastries, a Russian grocery store with strudel (dense and good) and various Russian beers.

Yekta Kabobi: Kabobs were very disappointing. Barg might have been "best quality, marinated beef" at one time but you couldn't tell it from the final product---dry and not much flavor. Ground beef was tasty and Cornish hen OK but I do not think that any of these were grilled, they were baked. Grilled meat has some char to it. These had none. Also, overall I think this is expensive for what you get. I asked for barg and hen together and it cost $20.

8407 Kitchen Bar (Silver Spring): Ginger-lime martini delicious. Oysters with ginger creme fraiche were plump and tender. Summer sausage light and tasty. Tomatoes with pressed watermelon? I can press my own watermelon, thanks. I have now given up on crab cakes from any restaurant from which I can not see the ocean. Ask for the creme fraiche if you ever order this in order to give it some pizzazz. And the succotash accompaniment? Uh, I think I counted four lima beans. Skate was uninteresting. OK, you've cooked fish properly, now what? Total for two was over $130---not worth it.

Thank goodness for the Hollywood Diner being open at 11PM. Just good diner food and you can get a beer.

Joe's Noodles: Lunch of chicken with eggplant and basil and marinated cucumbers---very good and very reasonable.

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Yekta Kabobi
1488 Rockville Pike Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852

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