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Good Food near Crofton, MD

We are new to the MD area in Crofton, and need to find good food. We do not eat out very often so when we do, its usually on date night or to celebrate a special occaison. Being from the twin cities, we are used to having everything close to us any reccomendations?? :) Thank you

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  1. Special occasion dining in and around Crofton is hard to find, if not impossible. Maybe Four Seasons in Waugh Chapel? But cheer up, you are located smack dab in the middle of all that Balto, Annapolis and DC have to offer in terms of fine dining. I encourage you to search this board for restaurants in those areas and to be open to all the less than fancy ethnic possibilities your new home has to offer. Welcome!

    Hounds can you help?

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    1. re: Sal Gee

      Thank you sooo much for the welcome :), we drove to Latin Quarter in Annapolis and it was NUMMY and the service was excellent, the manager/Friday night DJ Aldolph welcomed us, waited on us, and gave us great info :) Any other suggestions?

      1. re: Midwest Foodie

        It's great to see the Hounds coming through and that you're exploring the environs. (Keep up the "thank yous," by the way, we need more of that around here.)
        Seeing as the thread has gone beyond Crofton and "special occasion dining," and most of the recs are mainstream cuisines, I'll throw out a few ethnic standouts (besides Grace Garden) that I think make this corner of the metro area special:
        Nava Thai in Wheaton
        The Chicken Place, Peruvian, also in Wheaton (Much more than just pollo a la brasa.)
        Woodlands in Langley Park, vegetarian Southern Indian. (Marvelous work with spices.)
        La Sirenita in Hyattsville, real Mexican cuisine

        Keep exploring!

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        Chicken Place
        2418 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20902

        Nava Thai Restaurant
        11315 Fern St, Silver Spring, MD 20902

        La Sirenita Restaurant
        4911 Edmonston Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20781

        1. re: Sal Gee

          LOVE ethnic food!! Thanks for the tips, yep will prob try them :) I usually am cooking Italian, American and Mexican foods because I keep all of those spices on hand. :)
          Its nice to try something new and different then what we usually eat.

          1. re: Midwest Foodie

            If you like Greek chow then make the trek to Baltimore .
            Greektown is just a stones throw from Interstate 95 after you exit the Ft McHenry tunnel.
            In no particuliar order
            SAMOS, IKARO'S, ACROPOLIS, and my favorite ZORBA'S

            1. re: Hue

              Thank you for the suggestion, I just did a search to see how far from St Agnes hospital it is and on google maps the first try suggested an hour by Washington DC and the second (prob more accurate) said 20minutes. Is it by John Hopkins??

    2. Favorites right in Crofton/Gambrills: (And yes, we do have Annapolis, DC, Balto, - even Glen Burnie, hon, - etc. but there are a few decent eateries right here in our zip code(s).)

      Four Seasons Grille - Waugh Chapel Village
      Big Fish Grill - Rte 3/Blockbuster Center
      Fins - Rte 3/K Mart Center
      Christopher's - Rte 3
      Otani - Rte 3/Giant Center
      Grace's Fortune - Bowie
      Kaufman's - Gambrills

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      Grace's Fortune Restaurant
      15500 Annapolis Rd # 115, Bowie, MD

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      1. re: Turtlejay

        We ate at Big Fish a year or two ago. It was middling chain resto food -- which is not surprising, because it is a chain. The wine selection was particularly uninspired.

        1. re: Turtlejay

          Thank you for the great suggestions, we tried the four seasons grille, I ordered the tuna tower and was expecting tuna, but instead had a mound of guacamole and red peppers. I was assuming it to be more tuna then guacamole so I ate my 4 chunks of salt & peppered tuna and took the guacamole with red peppers home and cooked fajitas for dinner :) It just wasnt what I had expected any other reccomendations on the menu there?
          Ill have to try the others if I get time to go out soon :)

          1. re: Midwest Foodie

            Try the Goat Cheese Brulee. I could overdose on this dish.

          2. re: Turtlejay

            If you want to go out but don't want to drive far, Lemongrass off of Rt 3 is close to both Bowie and Crofton. The just put in a "kids space" but are otherwise "grown up" . I think Grace's Fortune in Bowie s good, too. I avoid chains so can't comment on other fishy spots along Rt 3. Kilarney House is good but mileage wise is between Crofton and Annapolis - in Edgewater.

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            Grace's Fortune Restaurant
            15500 Annapolis Rd # 115, Bowie, MD

          3. Grace Garden Chinese restaurant in Odenton. The food is over the top. Go to Gracegarden.com and check out the menu and click on items to see photos. The following chow blog and its 210 replies speaks for itself. Welcome to the area and you will love it.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5201...

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            Grace Garden
            1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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            1. re: dining with doc

              Thank you :) I just found odenon in one of the weekly advertisements, funny I have been here a bit over a month and havent driven that way past waugh chapel yet :) Thank you again, any reccomendations or is everything good?

              1. re: Midwest Foodie

                read the chowhound discussion I gave you and you will know what to order. don't miss items for me were the fish noodles, the whole fish with rice powder, the house wonton soup with special package (2 day advance notice), the fried eggplant with sweet and spicy sauce, the tea smoked duck ( 2 day advance notice), the braised beef short ribs with pepper sauce. also go to the web site and click on the menu items to see pictures

                  1. re: Midwest Foodie

                    Second Grace Garden. Minutes from Crofton and leagues superior to the overpriced Graces Fortune in Bowie.

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                    Grace Garden
                    1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

            2. Again, not in Crofton but not horribly far - don't forget Trattoria Alberto in Glen Burnie. A hidden gem in a strip mall that we first went to oh, 20 yrs ago or more, and it still gets
              excellent reviews.

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              1. As Doc mentioned Grace Garden has gotton tons of reviews on here and its just ten minutes from Crofton. On 175 by Ft Meade. Seedy little area. Other places you may want to try, although not all are great for date night, but maybe carry out date night at home....

                Saigon Noodle House for Pho.....it's behind Rita's on 450
                Awe Shack .....corner of Conway (424) & 3
                KBQ in Bowie.......used to be a favorite of ours...haven't been in a year....heard it's not as good
                Fusia.....next to Shoppers...only had the sushi....really enjoyed it
                Pachanga Grill....on 170 across from the Ace hardware...we love it. some friends don't..go figure.....it's fun to sit outside, nothing to look at but fun just the same
                Expressway Pit Beef....just a roadside carryout on 170 between the 7-11 and Ace hardware...great pit beef and half smokes. I eat there atleast once a month

                For an actual date night...Lures Bar & Grill is just about fifteen minutes from Crofton......usually interesting beer selections and music out on the patio most Friday nights.....

                Sorry I didn't provide links, but most have websites easily found.
                Welcome to the area.....and like the others said....we aren't that far from B-More and Annapolis...or even DC for that matter....so special occasions might be worth a little bit of a drive.

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                KBQ
                12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                Grace Garden
                1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

                Awe Shack
                Gambrills, MD, Gambrills, MD

                Saigon Noodle House
                2171 Defense Hwy, Crofton, MD 21114

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                1. re: cb1

                  I second Saigon Noodle House. Nothing fancy but pretty tasty.

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                  Saigon Noodle House
                  2171 Defense Hwy, Crofton, MD 21114

                  1. re: bowiemike

                    I third it! Also East Moon (off of 450), KBQ, Chesapeake Grille (hilltop shopping center)

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                    KBQ
                    12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                    Saigon Noodle House
                    2171 Defense Hwy, Crofton, MD 21114

                  2. re: cb1

                    yes, I am noticing I am going to have to get used to the driving ;) we tried the fusia by shoppers
                    for carry out lunch and the wontons and egg rolls tasted fishy, we will have to try the sushi :) We love sushi :)
                    The Lures Bar and grill sounds interesting we LOVE interesting beer. In St. Paul, at one pub we really enjoyed they had chocolate beer, nummy :) and thanks again

                    1. re: cb1

                      I would second KBQ BBQ in Bowie on Fairwood Parkway off of Annapolis Road. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/449614
                      And also Pachanga Grill.

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                      KBQ
                      12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720