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Breakfast in/near Silver Spring, College Park

capicksnw Nov 17, 2010 06:37 AM

Hi all,

I'm looking for a good breakfast place near me (Hyattsville/Adelphi). I've been to Plato's Diner twice and am underwhelmed (what? syrup in packets? come on, now!). Am open to diners and also higher-end brunchy places. If they have REALLY GOOD coffee, that is a plus, but not a requirement.

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    Clatterbuck Apr 7, 2011 08:56 AM

    This is a little farther north than College Park, but there is an Ethopian Coffee shop in Fulton, MD called Sidamo. The best coffee I have every tasted. They really don't serve much of a breakfast. I think they mainly have coffee cake and pastries, but the coffee alone is worth it. Fulton is about halfway between College Park and Columbia off Rt. 29.

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      OlSloaner Apr 4, 2011 01:06 PM

      Okay, not a recommendation but I guess a tip.

      First there is not much in the area. Plato's is popular but not particularly good and certainly no bargain.After that, you are left without a legitimate breakast place for miles.

      There is a classic oldtime greasy spoon in Hyattsville called the Professional Coffee Shop at 5314 Baltimore Ave just accross from the celebrated Franklins Brew Pub.

      I have not dined in the Proffessional and it looks a little scary but it is reputed to have good hash browns. One of the local city councilmen dines there daily and raves about the place.

      Now up Route about a mile (past the EYA/ Lustines and DeMatha) you will find an Ethiopian restaurant called Shagga. I have never had breakfast there but I would bet a good cup of coffee can be found.

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      1. re: OlSloaner
        agarnett100 Apr 4, 2011 01:18 PM

        In the Hyattsville area brunch spots are in short supply.

        You have Plato's
        Barnside Diner
        Silver Diner by Beltway Plaza

        Barnside Diner
        6306 Little River Tpke, Alexandria, VA 22312

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          OlSloaner Apr 4, 2011 01:39 PM

          Okay thanks
          I fogot about the Silver Diner in Beltway Plaza
          Where is Barnside Diner? Is it good?

          1. re: OlSloaner
            agarnett100 Apr 4, 2011 01:51 PM

            Barnside Diner 111 - College Park, MD
            (301) 441-8888 · 9206 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
            Its a little better then Plato's

            Also I believe Ikea offers a breakfast

            Hyattsville and College Park do have a number of Caribbean spots that have some tasty items

            Try the Jerk Pit or Caribbean Delight in Beltsville.

            Barnside Diner 111
            9206 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

            The Jerk Pit
            8145 Baltimore Ave Ste C, College Park, MD 20740

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        DCDeb Nov 20, 2010 11:02 AM

        The Daily Dish (next to Parkway Deli) on Grubb Road (off East West Hwy, between Conn Ave and 16th St) serves breakfast/brunch Friday-Sunday.

        The Daily Dish
        8301 A Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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          shellymck Nov 18, 2010 08:03 AM

          --Parkway Deli (better than Woodside)
          --McGinty's was surprisingly good
          --My favorite on Sat and Sun is Royal Mile which serves til 2. It's just a smidge further in Wheaton.

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          1. re: shellymck
            RobertM Nov 18, 2010 10:05 AM

            humm, where is Parkway Deli located?

            Parkway Deli
            7250 Parkway Dr Ste 110, Hanover, MD 21076

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              skipper Nov 18, 2010 03:59 PM

              Grubb Road

            2. re: shellymck
              capicksnw Nov 19, 2010 05:20 AM

              parkway's menu looks fab - i think we will give it a shot tomorrow morning. will report back.

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                capicksnw Nov 20, 2010 02:03 PM

                parkway deli was great! i had what is close to the breakfast meal of my dreams: latkes topped with lovely lox and over medium eggs. this was served with a big and extra tasty english muffin, which was served well-toasted at my request (a true bonus, since this request is more often than not ignored). the hubby had a really nice chef's salad with nice big logs of deli meat including roast beef, ham and turkey all of very high quality. we got out of there full and very happy for $22 and change (including a 20% tip). will definitely go there again.

                we also noticed "the daily dish" a few doors down - their menu looked great and very reasonable. anyone have opinions on this place?

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              dining with doc Nov 18, 2010 07:01 AM

              eggspectation in silver spring
              Parkway deli in silver spring

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                skipper Nov 18, 2010 04:02 AM

                IHop on Rt 1? Tastee Diner in Silver Spring?

                Tastee Diner
                8601 Cameron St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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                1. re: skipper
                  monpetitescargot Nov 18, 2010 08:01 PM

                  tastee diner doesnt have very good food. but i love the waitress, mama rosa. she's pretty grand. also, very authentic feeling. tastee diner is more like my 2 am drunk diner, though.

                  i havent ever tried samantha's restaurant, but i typically love mexican breakfast, so i've been meaning to. would love to hear feedback if someone else has been there or gets there in the near future.

                  and i big time second the parkway breakfast rec. i love that place!

                  also, la casita does a pretty good salvadorean breakfast on the cheap.

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                  reiflame Nov 17, 2010 05:04 PM

                  Platos is a diner in a college town; I'm not sure what you expected (real maple syrup? I think not). I think their sausage, hash browns and french toast are all really good. Can't comment on the coffee as I don't drink it.

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                  1. re: reiflame
                    capicksnw Nov 19, 2010 05:17 AM

                    i didn't really expect maple, just something in a pourer . . . . every diner (college town or not) i've ever been in hasn't used the little packets - this isn't about snobbery, just surprise.

                    1. re: capicksnw
                      reiflame Nov 19, 2010 05:25 AM

                      Fair enough but it's the same product, so I'm not sure why you were so put off by it.

                      1. re: reiflame
                        capicksnw Nov 20, 2010 09:57 AM

                        i feel a bit as if you are passing judgment on/talking down to me a bit . . . it just seems odd and incredibly non-cost-effective to serve pancake syrup in packets at a place in which pancakes and waffles are a big part of the menu. i personally used to work in a diner, plus i have eaten in diners all over the u.s. and have NEVER seen syrup packets used. your attitude reflects a sense that i should somehow feel stupid because their presence surprised me.

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                          MDicecreamguy Nov 20, 2010 04:30 PM

                          need to back you up here..,,,, .....if I'm having pancakes in a diner style restaurant .I expect to be served syrup in a pitcher ( preferably warm) Syrup in packets is for fast food or carry out. You are 100% right!

                          1. re: MDicecreamguy
                            capicksnw Nov 20, 2010 05:26 PM

                            thanks icecreamguy - i thought i was losing my mind for a minute!

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                    Lozza Nov 17, 2010 02:03 PM

                    I live in Hyattsville and have yet to find a good place- I do like the Silver Diner in Beltsville better than Plato's, and the bagel place in College Park is fine if that's what you're in the mood for. Silver Spring has some more options, but yeah, as far as I can tell we are out of luck. I have higher hopes for when the Busboys and Poets opens on Baltimore Ave in the spring.
                    My breakfast/brunch experience isn't vast, but all the good ones I've had have been inside the district.

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                    1. re: Lozza
                      capicksnw Nov 17, 2010 04:02 PM

                      Oh, didn't know about Busboys and Poets opening nearby - that will be something to look forward to. Have you been to the College Park Diner? Have read very mixed reviews on Yelp.

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