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!
Woodlands, my favorite Indian restaurant, is in Langley Park, which is on University Blvd, one neighborhood to the west of Adelphi. El Salvadoran as well, though I've been off pupusas for a while so I'm not up on which is the best these days.
Good Mexican at places like El Tapatio in the "Little Mexico" neighborhood on Kenilworth Ave in Bladensburg - not too far - or at La Fondita in Riverdale. (I know others have been mentioned here - those are the ones I've been to.) There are also Ethiopian places in Riverdale (which I also usefully haven't been to... I live in Silver Spring so I just go to Addis Ababa or to Etete on 9th St).
Unfortunately, the bad news is the coffee... errr. There sadly is no Stumptown-y place anywhere near Adelphi. There's a new coffee place down in Petworth, which isn't tooo far (but unfortunately I haven't been to yet and so can't comment on). College Perk up in College Park is cute and a nice student-y hangout, but it isn't what you're looking for, probably. Peregrine down in Capitol Hill is wonderful but quite a commute! Oh, finally, the new mini-cheesecake place on Carroll Ave in Takoma Park had workable coffee -- again it isn't Stumptown but it wasn't bad either. There's a Mayorga there too, but I am not such a fan of their coffee.
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.
Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA
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.
4429 Lehigh Rd, College Park, MD 20740
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
10163 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903