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Jul 20, 2011 09:13 PM

Upcoming Trip to Washington DC

My wife is going to be attending a three day conference the second week of September. We are going to be there about seven days. The conference is in Silver Springs at the Crowne Plaza so that is where we will be staying. We will not have a car, will use public transportation.

* Looking for good places to eat in Silver Springs, doesn't have to be fancy.
* Good breakfasts in Silver Springs
* The best crab cakes in Silver Springs or Washington DC
* Would like to have a couple of real nice meals in Washington and/or Georgetown.
* What museums have the best cafe or restaurant?
* Good happy hours in Silver Springs/Washington DC and/or Georgetown

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  1. I'm only going to be answering your first bullet point here. I don't really know SS, but you're just down the red line from Wheaton, which is a foodie delight. Ruan Thai is arguably one of the best Thai places in the whole region. Max's does falafel and schwarma like you wouldn't believe (and the toppings bar is incredible). Pollo Rico's original location is there, along with other Peruvian chicken places. Then the ton of Salvadoran places is incredible - I personally like El Pulgarcito.

    None of these are fine dining at all. Ruan is the "nicest", but they focus on the food. For most any of these, metro up to the Wheaton stop, walk North on GA Ave, and then either East or West on University.

    Ruan Thai Restaurant
    11407 Amherst Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

    1. The Red Line has a stop in Silver Spring (it is Silver Spring, btw, not plural) and it goes downtown, so don't limit yourself. That said, a good place for a drink and dinner is 8407 Kitchen Bar in Silver Spring. A good place for a happy hour drink might also be Ray's the Classics. They have excellent drinks and great steaks. There are quite a few good ethnic restaurants in Silver Spring, as well as Wheaton, one stop on the METRO up the line away from the city. I also agree on Ruan Thai. While Max's has great schwarma and falafal, it is like eating in a cafeteria. So I always get take out instead.

      In Silver Spring proper, meaning downtown:

      If you like Ethiopian food, I recommend Addis Ababa, 8233 Fenton St .
      Very good Burmese food at Mandalay, 930 Bonifant St.
      Jackie's has great food and good drinks, 8081 Georgia Avenue (at Sligo Ave.)

      Ruan Thai Restaurant
      11407 Amherst Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

      Addis Ababa Restaurant
      8233 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

      Ray's the Classics
      8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

      2 Replies
      1. re: dinwiddie

        Also, it's not a traditional crab cake, but the crab entree (I forget exactly what it's called) at Ray's is fantastic. Basically jumbo lump in a dish with butter, hold the filler.

        1. re: DanielK

          The scallops at Ray's are also excellent.

      2. I cast another vote for Wheaton in general and Ruan Thai in particular. I also love pupusas at Irene's Pupusas - super cheap, filling, and absolutely delicious.

        "Would like to have a couple of real nice meals in Washington and/or Georgetown." Could you be more specific? You said you'd like it to be on the Metro, but type of food? Price range? The first thing that leaps to mind for me is Rasika - a modern and inventive take on Indian food. It's one of the best, if not the best, Indian restaurants in the country. It's near the Gallery Place Metro station, on the red line.

        My favorite happy hour in DC is at PS7. Great cocktails and good bar food; you can also order off the dinner menu. There are a few happy hour specials, but the best thing to get there are the tuna sliders.

        Here is an article from last year on crab cakes in DC:

        PS7 Restaurant
        777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Ruan Thai Restaurant
        11407 Amherst Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

        Rasika Restaurant
        633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

        1. Cubano's. On a tiny, hidden street right near your hotel. Surprisingly elegant. Get the bandeja (sampling platter). Will feed two. Make sure you ask for both sauces: the mojo and the cilantro aioli.

          1. The American Indian Museum and National Gallery of Art Garden Café have the best food.

            What type of cuisine or price range did you want for the nice dinners?

            I like Kinkeads for crab cakes, and Ray's or Market Lunch at the Eastern Market.

            You could metro into Bethesda, Black's has a good hh with drink and food specials. I am sure there are others there, that is just the only one I have been to. In DC I like the happy hour at Ceiba and PS7. My favorite hh in Georgetown is out of commission right now, not sure when it will be back up: Hook and Tacklebox.

            PS7 Restaurant
            777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Kinkead's Restaurant
            2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

            Market Lunch
            225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003