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Apr 30, 2013 01:52 PM

College Park or Beltsville area

An old friend is driving a rather long way to shop at the Ikea in College Park, and we are going to meet for lunch. Any suggestions on a good lunch place close?

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  1. Fishnet on Berwyn Rd in College Park. Simply awesome.

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    1. re: DanielK

      I agree. Fishnet is very good. I was just there and had hake with horseradish remoulade. Perfectly cooked, fresh, just excellent. Last time I had the Turkish Tartar and that was wonderful, too. Friendly, beautifully clean and great food. Their website gives a good idea of the place.

      1. re: DanielK

        Thank you for your suggestion -- this place sounds ideal!

        1. re: 4X4

          There seems to be no menu on the website, and they regularly have wine events. Can you elaborate on what to expect, order, etc.

          1. re: Steve

            They have a good rotating draft beer selection. I've had the steak and frites, duck breast, Italian sub, flatbread, charcuterie and cheese plates. I've never had a bad meal there. Service has usually been better at the bar than at a table.

            The wine events are at the store, which is becoming one of my favorite local liquor stores.

            1. re: 4X4

              Thanks for the suggestion. It's a shame that their website doesn't have a menu, but your description of what they serve sounds really good.

            2. re: Steve

              Here's the website for the bistro. There's a menu listed there.

              1. re: joyousle

                Thank you for the link, joyousle.

          2. If you're into Korean, Seoulia. Any soup will do. The budae jigae is obscene.


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            1. re: monkeyrotica

              Thank you, monkey. Another great idea I can suggest!

            2. If you're into Korean food and you're feeling adventurous, add Da Rae Won to the list! They specialize in handmade noodles made in-house. You can order them with jja-jang-myun (black bean noodles) or jjam-ppong (spicy seafood noodle soup). It is my family's favorite place to eat and it is delicious!


              Fishnet also sounds amazing... :)

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              1. re: ineemeeny

                Second Da Rae Won for the hand pulled noodles. Also Myoung Dong for Korean fried chicken.

                1. re: ineemeeny

                  Is the black bean sauce vegetarian? Do they have other vegetarian stuff?

                  1. re: SimonF

                    The black bean sauce usually has some pork in it. I wouldn't count on it being vegetarian. All of the dishes I've had there and liked also have meat in them. They may have bibimbap, which can easily be made vegetarian. I'm not sure they have it on the menu, though.

                2. Thanks for the recs. We tried Fishnet per my friend's choice. Had my heart set on the bluefish and they were out. Loved the fish sticks (not so much the crabcake).

                  I must try Da Rae Won for those noodles, though. Thanks for all the recs.

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                  1. re: Terrie H.

                    Never had the crabcake so thanks for the information (I will just keep having the fish).

                    I just went to Myoung Dong and had the fried chicken - it was just ok to me , but the clam soup noodles were great (clams just ok) and the small dishes (kimchee, etc.) with the soup were excellent. Long ago I used to get their spicy seafood soup and loved it. The place is small and very pleasant. I'm glad monkeyrotica reminded me of it.

                    1. re: mscoffee1

                      The only thing I could taste in the crabcake was tarragon, and I like tarragon. Hope it was just an off afternoon. The slice of tomato was truly as thick as the crabcake, and you know how tomatoes taste this time of year. A good bun, though. Just wish they had the bluefish.....

                      1. re: Terrie H.

                        Ugh, tarragon can easily be too strong and I am with you about the tomato - I have given up - all sandwiches seem to have them (yes they are especially thick there).

                    2. re: Terrie H.

                      I have never tried the crabcake as I am very very fussy about crabcakes and there's only a couple of places that make them the way I like them. Even if a crabcake is good, if it isn't the way I like it, I will be disappointed. Tarragon, which I actually love, has no place in a crabcake in my opinion.

                      I've tried Fishnet three times even though my first experience was disappointing, because it gets great reviews from pretty much everyone and my friends always want to go there, and I figured may the first try was just an off day. I did like the cucumber tarragon and I also liked the horseradish sauce, but all three times, the fish was ... well hard to describe. Not exactly mushy, but just an unappealing texture. Too soft and yet kind of chewy. I don't like fried fish so maybe it was because it was grilled? though I don't know why grilling should
                      cause that kind of texture. Anyway, fresh fish is not cheap, and I don't want to spend that kind of money and not enjoy the food, so my third visit was my last.

                      1. re: Just Visiting

                        I also found the fish I usually end up at Mid Atlantic Seafood in Laurel. Zero atmosphere, but the fish is always firm and fresh. And they don't stick you with a bill for the month's rent.