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Jun 19, 2012 11:59 PM

N. Calif Hound visiting Silver Springs & seeking rye bread

Greetings Hounds,

While we have many yummy foods in the Bay Area, we are seriously lacking rye bread in particular and a seriously good deli with smoked fish in general.

I will be coming to Silver Springs in a few days for work, and am wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a great fresh rye bread, and/or nova, sable, etc.

Willing to take the Metro...

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  1. Max's in Wheaton. Closed for Sabbath.

    There's a restaurant and a store. Do yourself a favor and get the falafel at the restaurant before hitting the store.

    1. There's not great smoked fish in the area, and the same could be said about rye. Wheaton is just north of silver spring. A closer offering might be Parkway Deli, but both Max's and Parkway's delis aren't fantastic. Max's excels at israeli food, and Parkway excels at standard fare (corned beef/matzo ball soup/stuffed cabbage/PICKLES), but again both kind of lack in good rye and in good smoked fish.

      Despite the high jewish population living in both SS and especially Wheaton, I actually think you might have better chances of finding what you want back home.

      PLEASE somebody prove me wrong.

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      1. re: Juvu

        Well, what you call "standard fare" is not to be found in N. Calif. but it's also not so much of interest to me, except for some great pastrami.

        Guess the hope of ingesting fresh great rye bread is off my list.

        Ruan Thai here we come...

        1. re: escargot3

          Do not despair, there is indeed good rye bread at Upper Crust Bakery. They have what they call German Rye without seeds and New York Rye with seeds. Call ahead to see what they have and reserve a bread or get there early - they sell out of the good stuff well before noon. If perchance they have "pecan sticky buns" try one. As to deli's - I heartily recommend the Brooklyn Deli in Rockville and suggest avoiding Parkway deli. Parkway deli excels at nothing and is mediocre on a good day.

          1. re: escargot3

            You will not find great pastrami in the DC area. You won't find good pastrami in the DC area. I haven't even found anything that I would considerable passable. Now, there is a new deli opening in Dupont Circle at some point this summer, and promises to be the real deal. We've heard that many times before and have been disappointed time and again. Nonetheless, when you are here, check to see if DGS Deli has opened (as of 6/22, it hasn't).

        2. There is *great* rye bread at a deli in Potomac called Brooklyn's. It's only about a 15 minute drive from downtown SS, but is not really Metro-accessible.

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          1. Upper Crust Bakery
            13488 New Hampshire Ave
            Silver Spring, MD 20904
            (301) 879-0622
            I don't think it has New York Rye everyday but does have it, you can and should call. They run out of a lot of items by the afternoon so you might want to order it. I do love this bakery for many things including their rye breads.

            1. if you really are limited to downtown silver spring parkway is probably your best bet for the smoked fish. It's not amazing but definitely passable.

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              1. re: cambridgeMike

                Actually, while the rye at Parkway is not great, the smoked fish is pretty darned good, especially the sable and kippered salmon.

                1. re: DanielK

                  I don't know if OP is going to be in a hotel (it is a work trip) or someone's home, but if the latter, I would pick up the phone and call Russ & Daughters in NY. They send the order in a styrofoam cooler w/ blue ice and it is the stuff legends are made of.