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Oct 20, 2010 08:42 AM

Lunch for the new 9 to 5er in Bethesda (Wisconsin Ave and Leland)

I just started a new job in Bethesda, and though I am familiar with the area and its many restaurants (having grown up in Chevy Chase and gone to HS in Bethesda), I'm looking for suggestions for the best places to get a bite on my lunch break, which is about an hour long, which are also within walking distance to the office. I am already a fan of Moby Dick's and Don Pollo, amongst other places in the immediate vicinity, but I thought I'd throw this out there to see if any of you have suggestions. Remember, I only have an hour so anything more than a 15 minute walk away won't do much for me, nor will anywhere where I'm going to spend most of my time waiting for my food. Thanks!

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  1. Taylor Gourmet gets a lot of love on this board and they just opened at Woodmont and Elm, which shouldn't be too far from you.

    I also like the felafel stand at the Women's Farmers Market. As far as chains (or local chains) go, there's Cosi, Potbelly and Sweetgreen.

    Taylor Gourmet
    1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

    3333 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

    1. Rice Paddies Grill is pretty good and is near you.

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        I also adore Moby Dick. And Rice Paddies Grill is a good recommendation- especially for their noodle, pork bowl and summer rolls. Taylor's Gourmet is another good recommendation, too. Rita Crepes (it is a stand) is across the street from Barnes & Noble (closed on Mon, Tues) and has sweet & savory crepes- I have only had sweet, and I think they are really good. Au Pain Quotidien has baguette sandwiches at the counter to-go. I have never tried them but there other food is good. Also, Bethesda Bagels for bagel sandwiches.

        Moby Dick's
        721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231