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AdinaA Sep 7, 2011 02:44 PM

I know that there are lists http://www.bikurcholimgw.org/kosher-silverspring.html, and Pomegranate http://www.pombistro.com/ is wonderful , But the lists don't tell you how it tastes.

Where (in addition to Pomegranate) in the DC northern' burbs is it worth going for wonderful food; just to eat something wonderful (schwarma, deli, falafel, pizza...) It doesn't have to be tablecloth, I'd just like to eat good stuff on a tedious, upcoming, multi-day business trip.

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    SimonF Sep 20, 2011 07:24 AM

    I think the list above is comprehensive but sadly none of the places qualify as 'memorable.' They are ok food, but have the usual poor atmosphere and service.

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      jerirl Sep 16, 2011 07:57 AM

      A few more thoughts from a Silver Spring resident. Yes, its sad that Pomegranate Bistro closed - definitely the best kosher restaurant in the area. Max's has great shwarma and is even discussed on the nonkosher dc section of chowhound. However, the atmosphere is lousy. It's better at lunch when there aren't so many kids running around. (And I speak as someone whose kids used to run around there.)

      One place nobody's mentioned so far is The Kosher Pastry Oven Cafe http://www.thekosherpastryoven.com/home It's a dairy restaurant in Kemp Mill that has outstanding pastry. They serve sandwiches and salads for lunch and a full menu for dinner. It has pleasant atmosphere and good food. It's across the shopping strip from Shaul's Kosher Market if you want to stock up on deli etc.

      I don't care for either of the pizza places mentioned below. Also, unless it's changed, Ben Yehuda is the teenager hangout.

      In DC, Eli's is fine, but not memorable. There is a new restaurant at the DCJCC with an interesting looking menu but I haven't been there yet. http://www.distriktbistro.com/

      Good luck on all your upcoming trips.

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        skipper Sep 8, 2011 01:41 PM

        Here's a relatively new restaurant that, based on our 1 visit, is pretty darn good --
        http://www.pitaandrye.com/news.php

        And there is an Israeli restaurant in Rockville that we like also
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/pita-hut-isra...

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          cwsilverberg Sep 8, 2011 05:57 AM

          there is also a fun little Persian place in Rockville called cafe Sharween
          http://cafeshawreen.com/

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            koshergastronome Sep 8, 2011 03:28 AM

            You should know Pomegranate is planning on closing sometime in the next week or two (I've heard September 14th) so hopefully you get here before it does, because it's a great restaurant....

            another option is Spike Mendelson's kosher food truck "sixth & rye" in DC which is open usually only on Fridays from 11:30-1:30ish...also an interesting option, and something different...haven't tried it yet, but I'd gladly accept a sandwich if you want to bring one back to Baltimore

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              SoCal Mother Sep 8, 2011 12:02 PM

              Drat! How can Pom close before I get to try it???

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              justjoshing Sep 7, 2011 10:15 PM

              In Rockville, we love Siena's (http://sienasrestaurant.com) which is a pizza place with mexican option. Another good pizza place is Ben Yehuda (http://www.ben-yehuda-pizza.com/) in Silver Spring.

              For meat, I would stick to either Moti's Grill (http://www.koshermart.com/old/motigrill.html) in Rockville or Max's (http://www.theshalomgroup.com/maxs-ca...) in Silver Spring.

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                Pluckyduk8 Sep 7, 2011 07:41 PM

                Sorry if I'm hijacking your thread...but the same goes for me. Hopefully going in two weeks.

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                  SoCal Mother Sep 7, 2011 09:44 PM

                  My son is going to DC on the 19th. He'll be eating grab and go sandwiches unless I can convince Eli's to put dinner in a taxi, poor kid.

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                    AdinaA Sep 8, 2011 04:13 AM

                    Eli's delivers.

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