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Hi, all. I recently moved to Herndon but haven't done much exploring outside the immediate area. My NY friends are taking their daughter on a college tour and will be in College Park on 7/29. We would like to meet for dinner somewhere mutually convenient, good, and not too expensive. Major cuisines of interest would be Chinese, Japanese, or Italian; other suggestions are welcome, but my friends don't eat Indian and I don't care for Ethiopian. Remember, too, we're all strangers to the area, so places that are pretty accessible to major roads would be appreciated. Thanks for the help!

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  1. If you don't want to make them drive a lot, meet them at Franklins in Hyattsville. It's a brewpub with pretty good food, and one of the better restaurants in PG county.

    If you want to split the difference, Bethesda is half-way-ish and you could do Olazzo for Italian or Hanaro for Japanese.

    1. East Pearl is a great new chinese restaurant in Rockville

      1. Joe's Noodle House. Both will be slightly frustrated with the drive (you more than they) but the food will more than make up for it. Search the board to find voluminous recs on it.

        1. There is also a new Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville. But if you are looking for someplace truly in between Herndon and College Park, Bethesda and Rockville is where you should be shooting for.

          Frankly, I think both parties should come into DC and eat in the city. If the young lady chooses to become a Terp she is going to be partying here anyway . . . she might want to have a glimpse of what her future could hold . . . .

          1. And have my friends blame me for her debauchery for the next 4 years? I hardly think so! ;-)

            These all sound like good suggestions. Is Joes Noodle House hard to find, or are you just talking about the relative distance from the endpoints? Because it doesn't seem any further than the others.

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            1. re: merrieg

              take your friends to east pearl. nice inside and food is off the chart good even by NY standards for great chinese

              1. re: merrieg

                Joes Noodle house isn't hard to find, Rockville Pike is just a mess.

              2. Just back from a great dinner with my friends at East Pearl in Rockville. It was mutually convenient and not too hard to find. The place was jam-packed, and we quickly understood why -- everything was terrific. We started with eggrolls and the spicy shrimp dumplings, which could have been spicier but were beautifully fresh. Friend A is nuts for Peking duck; it was divine and we devoured it to the last scrap. I suggested the eggplant with ground pork in casserole, which was everything I hoped it would be. My non-eggplant-eating friend B scarfed down the Hunan beef; I did manage to get a chopstick in edgewise, and it was definitely a dish I would fight for a larger share of next time. All in all, a wonderful choice. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

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                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    @flavrmeistr: Rockville pike in Rockville just south of Norbeck road on the right as you travel north and next to Mont County Liquor Store
                    @merrieg: glad you loved it. We are probably going back on Friday. Everything we ordered 1st time was off the chart great and it definitely has set the bar very high in all regards for local chinese restaurants

                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                      I believe this is the restaurant discussed:
                      838 B Rockville Pike
                      Rockville, MD 20852
                      (301) 838-8663