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mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 09:30 AM

My gf will have a rental car (after returning on Thurs from a business trip) til Fri. at noon, and I was looking for suggestions on where to grab some delicious food outside of town (that is not easily accessible). Normally, I would say tacos, but we've done that alot in the past week and month, so we're looking for something different. All cuisines/suggestions are welcome, except fish/seafood.

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    hamster RE: mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 09:38 AM

    Ah, i can sympathize with this kind of post. Maybe try Annandale for Korean? I've heard good things about Honey Pig, Yechon, check some threads. Or, you could get Korean fried chicken at Bon Chon, but you'll have to plan ahead since apparently the waits can be bad. And get bing soo at one of the cafe/bakeries, like Shilla. That's what I would do if I had a car!

    Or, if you feel like going to Maryland instead, Kabob n Karahi is supposed to amazing, and it's not metro accessible.

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    Bon Chon
    6653 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

    1. ktmoomau RE: mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 12:47 PM

      I highly second Korean BBQ, I like Honey Pig or Han Gang quite a bit atmospheres are totally different, Han Gang is more formal, Honey Pig is more low key and busy.

      Another option would be to go explore the Eden Center, you could bring home more goodies with a car.

      If you wanted to go in a totally different direction you could go more upscale and go do something like Trummer's On Main in Clifton then go to Paradise Valley vineyards afterwards or something? Or go to the Wine Kitchen out in Leesburg and visit wineries out there.

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

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        hppyheather RE: mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 01:13 PM

        Also there are some very good Indian places in VA and MD that are worth checking out. I prefer Jaipur in Fairfax -- but we've been going there so long that the staff knows us well and always sends out special dishes for us. If you're interested in Indian, let me know what you like and I can give you recommendations.

        1. woodleyparkhound RE: mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 01:15 PM

          Yechon used to be my favorite Korean in Annandale, until I went to Honey Pig. If you are interested in Korean, Annandale is the place to go.

          I've been dying to check out Kabab and Karahi for some time now. That's where I'd go if I found myself with a car for an evening!

          You might also consider Rockville Pike. Joe's Noodle House (Sichuan) is wonderful, but it's not too far from the Twinbrook Metro, so it's more do-able without a car than Honey Pig or K and K. There are some other places out Rockville Pike that I haven't been for lack of a car but would love to go. Burma Road and China Bistro spring to mind.

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          China Bistro
          755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD

          Joe's Noodle House
          1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

          Burma Road
          617 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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            hamster RE: woodleyparkhound Apr 13, 2011 01:26 PM

            China Bistro is totally a doable walk, though not super pleasant, up Rockville Pike from the Rockville metro. There is at least a sidewalk. Or you could walk part of the way through Rockville Town Center, and then cross back to the correct side of the Pike. I bet there's probably a bus route that would work too.

            Burma Road is a place I did check out with a car, and I enjoyed it a lot. They also have XLB, which were very good but I'm not sure worth the drive. Also, Mandalay is another Burmese place and is apparently metro accessible at Silver Spring.

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            China Bistro
            755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD

            Burma Road
            617 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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              SandyCat RE: woodleyparkhound Apr 13, 2011 01:41 PM

              I second Joe's Noodle House!

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              Joe's Noodle House
              1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

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                Dennis S RE: woodleyparkhound Apr 14, 2011 11:12 AM

                Second that Joe's can be done by metro (and should be done). So with the car, Eden Center and/or Hong Kong Palace, or Grace Garden (I would personally put HKP at the top of that list).

                I also second the Myanmar idea as well as Korean in general. I haven't been for a while, is Hee Been still good? I see Honey Pig referenced more often over the past couple of years.

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                Hong Kong Palace
                6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

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

                Grace Garden
                1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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                MrsWheatie RE: mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 01:20 PM

                Since you didn't specify which town or a locality preference, Grace Garden.

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                Grace Garden
                1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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                  dining with doc RE: mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 03:18 PM

                  car for one night, not afraid to drive, unique meal..........HOW ABOUT STEAMED CRABS AND CLAMS AT CANTLER'S NEAR ANNAPOLIS? definitely something that you can't get done right in DC!

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                    mdpilam RE: dining with doc Apr 13, 2011 09:43 PM

                    Sorry, no fish/seafood.

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                    mdpilam RE: mdpilam Apr 13, 2011 09:45 PM

                    Thanks for all the suggestions, if we get a chance (trip might have gotten extended), we will do Korean in Annandale. Any specific recs for Honey Pig (seems to be the consensus for best choice - I prefer more low key)?

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                      ktmoomau RE: mdpilam Apr 14, 2011 08:57 AM

                      If you don't want seafood, then definitely get the spicy pork belly at Honey Pig, and then perhaps the boneless short rib.

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                        woodleyparkhound RE: ktmoomau Apr 14, 2011 09:58 AM

                        The galbi, the Korean alcoholic beverage and something that you can get which, upon finishing and if you request, you can get this crunchy rice that has the juice of the meat mixed in with it - I forget the names of both of these items, sorry!

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                          ktmoomau RE: woodleyparkhound Apr 14, 2011 11:50 AM

                          Chul Pan is the crispy rice, but that is a lot of food. So you might decide if you want the crispy rice after you are eating you can request it a little later if you want it. Sometimes I really like it, sometimes I would rather focus on the meat and banchan.

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                      Steve RE: mdpilam Apr 14, 2011 08:36 AM

                      Lao menu at Bangkok Golden, Falls Church: Nam khao (rice ball salad), rice paste wrap, kao piak sen (noodle soup), homemade sausage.

                      Myanmar, Falls Church: Ginger Salad, goat curry, fried watercress

                      Pimento Grill: Jamaican, actually in very far SE DC. Not much more than a cerryout, but a surpsrisingly nice one with a couple of tables. Oxtail brown stew, chicken curry. Cabbage and rice with peas are excellent. Specialty juices to drink.

                      Just Jerk, Lanham, MD This is the real thing, Jerk Chicken that is well-smoked. Yes, you can eat there though it doesn't look like it from the outside. Get the quarter dark spicy.

                      For Korean, my favorite meal is the soon du bu (tofu stew) at Vit Goel. Tiny menu, they specialize in this dish.

                      A &J: Small plates of northern Chinese street snack food. Think buns and noodles. Fried beef bun, zha zhiang mian (tip: you can order noodles 'wide' and they will give you the homemade noodles).

                      We are lucky to have any of the above in this area.

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                        Jeserf RE: mdpilam Apr 14, 2011 10:56 AM

                        Go to Wegmans and buy groceries! That's what I do with a car!

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                          DCLindsey RE: Jeserf Apr 16, 2011 12:55 PM

                          But that is more like a day trip then a quick trp! :)

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