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Aug 29, 2010 07:07 AM

In search of updated College Park dining

We're parents of a new University of Maryland freshman, and will be visiting College Park frequently now. A check of the Board reveals a bit of age on most College Park suggestions. Can someone update us on the current dining scene, beyond the college student junk, in the area? We love to discover small gems that don't look like much from the outside (seems to be potential for them in this area).

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  1. My are favorites are:
    Woodlands or Tiffin (both Indian) in Takoma Park
    Pasta Plus in Laurel
    Mandalay Bay (Burmese) in Silver Spring

    The Bagel Place and Marathon in College Park are always good too. And, while I haven't been in almost 12 years, both NY Deli (off Rhode Island, across from REI) and Berwyn Cafe were great when I was a student.

    Pasta Plus Restaurant
    209 Gorman Ave, Laurel, MD 20707

    1. It's because College Park is not exactly a hopping food destination.

      I'll add Franklin's in Hyattsville to odkaty's list. It's not going to blow you away but it's above average bar food and they brew their own beers. The lamb sliders are really good.

      I also like Plato's Diner (if you're into diners) but with the caveat that I've only ever been there at 2 AM after going to concerts at the 9:30 Club.

      Plato's Diner
      7150 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

      1. The short answer is that there is probably nothing in College Park, so driving will be important to uncovering any gems. Woodlands for purely vegetarian South Indian cusine. I always get a paper dhosa (no filling), and whatever else strikes my fancy. Samantha's is a tiny, surprisingly nice Salvadoran spot that is one of the better restaurants in the area. Both of the above may be listed as Langley Park. If you go to Samantha's, get an ensalada to drink (I don't know if it's listed on the menu).

        1. I alway enjoy the chicken kabobs at the The Food Factory, 8145 Baltimore Ave; the rest of the lunch buffet can be tasty too. It's just a few blocks away from the university.

          1. the good news is that college park is not far from a lot of great food destination areas such as D.C., Wheaton, Rockville, Bethesda, and a little further to Annapolis, Kent Island, Baltimore, Arlington and Alexandria. Each of those areas have great go to food places and a lot of variety plus places that fit the description of your requests. Best advice is pick a location and then do a chowhound search since all those places have had numerous blogs in the past.
            In college park are:
            1. jimmy johns: chain sandwich shop with fresh ingredients and in house baked bread and rolls. The tuna club with sprouts, onions, cucumber, tomato and avocado on thick sliced multigrain bread is a great sandwich. good for lunch
            2. Ledo: iconic pizza original location that people either love or hate. Squre pizza with a different style almost pastry crust. The twice cooked bacon and pineapple is excellent.
            3. Hard Times Cafe: known for their chilli which is served 3 differnet syles

            7175 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21244