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Sep 30, 2010 06:04 PM

Portland, OR transplant to Woodbridge, VA moving to Adelphi, MD instead!

Hello all and thanks again to all who answered my previous post regarding non-chain food in Woodbridge. But our house offer fell through and we are moving to Adelphi. I actually think we will be happier there.

So might I prevail upon your kindness once again?

I would love any tips on mom and pop, ethnic local-flavored restaurants in my new neck of the woods. Also desperately seeking non-Starbucks coffee.

Looking forward to your posts!

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  1. Ledo's (the original although it recently moved from university blvd to route 1 in downtown College Park).

    Ledo Restaurant
    4509 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740

    1. To aid you with searches on the board, you are adjacent to College Park and Silver Spring, and you will get a lot of hits in those areas.

      You're right around the corner from Pho 75 in Langley Park. Urban BBQ in Hillandale. Ray's the Classics in Silver Spring. "Little Mexico" in Bladensburg.

      Ray's the Classics
      8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

      Urban BBQ
      10163 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903

      1. I've tried Urban BBQ and Rays the Classics. I also like Marathon Deli next to University of MD in College Park for good, cheap gyros. I think there are some Peruvian chicken places around you too, and a Moby Dick House of Kabob.

        Ledo's pizza is so unusual (the crust is a little like biscuit) that you'll probably either love it or hate it.

        In addition to Silver Spring and College Park, Bethesda and Rockville are within about 30 minutes to the west for you by car, depending on traffic, as is Columbia/Howard County to the north. If you're willing to go that far or want to combine dinner with a shopping trip you might search there too, as those locales have clusters of restaurants that might fit your criteria.

        Marathon Deli
        4429 Lehigh Rd, College Park, MD 20740

        1. Pho 88 and Sardi's Pollo A La Brasa in Beltsville. There are also a couple of good Korean restaurants in Beltsville.

          1. Our family moved to Springfield/Lorton from NE Portland (& Tigard) about 17 years ago. Thank the gods that fate sent you to Maryland. I don't know Adelphi well, but if there is one major cultural benefit to living in the D.C. area, its the high education of the people but mostly the exposure to the world's cultures. Any suburb of the city has a wealth of SE Asian, Chinese & Korean, Central & South American, and Middle Eastern food. Also, we have the county's largest Ethiopian expat population. The restaurants are born out of thriving immigrant communities (rather than Americanized novelty, or well done but solitary imports), so they compete against each other for the business of native palettes. Northern Va has Eden Center and the Skyline Drive center for full on Vietnamese and Ethiopian immersion.

            You have to do a lot of driving here :\ , but there is a lot to uncover. The D.C. area is littered with all kinds of Italian, German, French, Russian, etc specialty gourmet markets, and impressive full-on Asian and Latin supermarket chains.

            Eden Center
            Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA