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Moving to downtown Silver Spring - a summary, please

All - I'm moving back across the river from Virginia to MD for the first time in five years, this time into the downtown Silver Spring area. I searched and couldn't find a "comprehensive" post for the area - I apologize if it exists, and if you want to gladly point me there, I'd be happy to read it.

Otherwise, I'm just looking for an idea on what all of the options are. I know there are some chains in the area - so I know I can get decent, but uninspiring food at places like Macaroni Grill, Austin Grill, etc. I'm looking for some of the one-offs or local chains that are within walks (I'm right near the Metro station) or short jaunts.

I'm not overly adventurous but I do like at least a few dishes of each "ethnic" type, and would also like thoughts on potential go-tos for pizza, etc. Always happy to know of solidly "nice" places to take the parents or the girlfriend (I know there's a Ray's down there...).

Anyway, any links, specific recommendations, and so forth are greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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    1. Not downtown Silver Spring, but close enough - Samantha's (Langley Park) for great Salvadoran & Mexican food.

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      1. re: Just Visiting

        Ray's The Classics (and Hellburgers at the bar)
        Jackie's
        Jackie's Sidebar
        Addis Ababa
        8407 Kitchen Bar
        Ghar-E-Kabab
        Mandalay
        Crisfield
        Moorenko's Ice Cream

        up the road in Wheaton:
        New Kam Fong
        Ren's Ramen - bring cash
        Nava Thai
        Max's Kosher Cafe for shawarma and falafel, etc.
        Hollywood East for dim sum

        1. re: crackers

          To add to this good list:
          Siriwan Thai Cloverly
          Kebab n Kahari Cloverly
          Wong Gee Wheaton
          Juanita's Kitchen in a latino market Wheaton

          1. re: crackers

            Great list. I go back and forth, but still think Nava is No. 2 in Wheaton Thai behind Ruan. Both very good.

            There used to be a tasty Mali food truck stationed at a gas station in DT SS, but haven't been for a while.

        2. Pacci's Pizza
          Parkway Deli

          1. Get the bandeja (sampling platter) at Cubano's and make sure to ask for both dipping sauces: the mojo and the cilantro aioli.

            1. Sergio's in the Hilton. Ravioli, pork chop, mussels. Vicino's on Sligo Avenue. White pizza with herbs and fontina, veal roast.