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I'll bet many of you have been saying to yourselves, "I wonder where Mainahs reviews have been?" or "Who?". Be that as it may, I was recently in Rockville and here's a report on the restos visited.

Bob's Noodles: still a go to place especially for carryouts. Had the Taiwanese Hamburger this time. Good but unusual. The "bun" is sweet as is some of the filling. The pork tasty. Ginger chicken casserole was good as was the oyster appetizer.

Lebanese Taverna: this place disappoints. Chicken was over cooked so dry and tough. Baklava small and not tasty.

La Canela: We tried to go to Matchbox but there was a 40" minute wait. Went here and we were the second table in there at 7PM. However, food was delicious and this place has a 'chef'. The waiter brought out a Peruvian form of an amuse bouche, a flaky little pouch filled with fish, I think, and a tangy sauce. Piscos were yummy and I could have had more than two but was driving. Calamari appetizer was tender with good tartar sauce and red onions. My sister had the Mixto seviche which was made quite spicy hot. I had lamb shank which did fall off the bone and had a very tasty sauce. The pesto with flank steak was also good but seemed strange in a South American restaurant. Probably an indication of my ignorance.

Againn: This disappointed a bit and on a Tuesday evenning when we couldn't get a reservation at Matchbox until 9 there were many empty tables here. Potted pork was creamy but bland but the onion chutney was quite good. My hamburger was excellent. I ordered bourbon old-fashioned and got some that tasted more like a Manhattan but it was so good that I had two. Came with sour cherries. Cheesecake with stewed figs not so good and I like figs. Cheddar soup was too salty. Bangers and mash, eh.

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La Canela
141 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850

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  1. The potted pork at Againn is like French rillettes, highly fatty and bland. It is through the addition of the onion marmalade on grilled bread that it transcends.

    Lebanese Taverna has become disgraceful.

    It's great to hear some feedback. Thanks for posting!

    1. Although I haven't actually eaten there (La Canela), I suspect it's not pesto but chimichurri, a very close relative that is often served with grilled meats in Argentina and other South American locales. Unlike pesto, chimichurri typically contains no nuts.

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      1. re: pgreen

        Chimichurri also contains a little wine vinegar, garlic, fresh herbs and olive oil. The extra tang of the vinegar brings out the flavor of grilled meats and sausages. Mmmmm....churrasco!