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Jun 24, 2013 07:36 AM

Best eats in Gaithersburg and Rockville??

I am spending the summer in this area and would like to build up a good list of restaurants from fine to casual - all cuisines. Any recommendations? Especially a great sushi restaurant. Thank you!

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  1. Joe's Noodle House for Sichuan. Extremely long menu; lots of recs found on this board via searching.

    Mama's Dumplings/China House is great for... dumplings!

    American fare on the nicer side is Addie's, across from White Flint Mall in an old house.

    There was brewpub/restaurant in oldtown G-Burg that I think is still going. I remember it being decent enough, but that's a few years ago.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      Growler's? There's also Hershey's in Washington Grove in another old house. Great fried chicken, steamed shrimp and cheap drinks. Definitely casual. The Taco Bar next to the Washingtonian Chevron is a good one; just a few tables and mostly for take-out.

    2. Hinode - Rockville; sushi
      Pho 75 - Rockville
      New Fortune - Gaithersburg; Dim Sum (weekends)
      O'Donnell's - Gaithersburg; seafood
      Red Rooster - Damascus; fried chicken
      Jimmie Cone - Damascus; soft serve ice cream
      South Street Steaks - Gaithersburg; cheesesteaks
      Il Porto - Gaithersburg; casual Italian (get the white pizza)

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      1. re: CDouglas

        Have you been to Red Rooster recently? I used to love this place but the last time I was there (probably 2-3 yrs ago) it was so dreadful I was shocked. I had hoped it was a fluke off-day for them. They used to get more mentions and more love here, but I haven't seen mention in quite some time. Just curious on recent reports.

        1. I stay in Gaithersburg but my list tends toward Germantown:
          Dogfish Head, Alicia's Mexican Grill, Il Porto, Rainbow Sushi, Sabai Sabai Simply Thai.
          Tracyyyy send me an email and I'll send you my list.

          1. The area you are asking about is rather spread out, so I’m going to assume you’ll have a car. I don’t think you’ll find many “fine dining” choices in the area. My recommendations are from being a long time resident in Rockville/Gaithersburg with a very low budget – so probably all are lunch ideas.

            Rockville is lately considered the Chinatown of the DC area, so you can consider:
            Joe’s Noodles (order the Sichuan dishes – several threads here on what to order)
            Bob’s Noodle 66 – (Taiwanese – also search for a recent thread)
            Sichuan Jin River
            East Pearl (Cantonese)
            Mama’s Dumplings
            A&J – northern Chinese dim sum (not the cart style)
            I know there are a couple of new places that are getting notice, but I haven’t been so I hope someone will jump in and recommend them.

            Crisp and Juicy – Peruvian chicken.

            Taco Bar - on the edge of the Washingtonian/Rio area, attached to a gas station, but top notch tortas and tacos. Don’t go on a rainy day because almost all the seating is outside.

            Hard Times – a chili place, but I think their grilled wings and burgers are their strong point. They run special discount days, and it’s a very friendly, sports bar place to hang out.

            Moby Dick – kebabs, delicious rice, and the Ghormeh Sabzi special on Friday is one of my favorites.

            If you are in the Rockville city center at lunch time, Giuseppe’s has a lunch special for 2 slices of pizza and a drink for $5. If you are a bit south on Rockville Pike, Pizza CS has a more artisan style pizza.

            If you like Indian food, Nirvana and Bombay Bistro are both popular.

            York Castle for great ice cream.

            I know there are more!

            1. Niwano Hana in the Wintergreen Shopping Center for sushi and tempura dishes.

              La Limena in the Ritchie Center for Peruvian dishes beyond but also including pollo ala brasa.