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Dinner near Rockville, MD?

A colleague and I will be in the Rockville MD area for a week and need some suggestions for dinner. Can't go too crazy on the expense account, but we are looking for good food! American, Italian, Asian, seafood are all options. We will have a car, so we can travel if it is worth the ride. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Joe's Noodle House. Best Sichuan food in the area. It won't break the bank, either.

    1. Joe's Noodle House in Rockville is my favorite. Sichuan small plates. Wontons in red hot sauce, shredded radish, homemade bacon and leeks. Too many to mention.

      1. Third Joe's. Search this board to help navigate the extremely extensive menu.

        1. Joes noodle house
          East pearl for Hong Kong style
          Mommas Dumplings for homemade dumplings
          Pho nam nam. For pho and great Banh mi
          Lebanese taverna
          Mia rancho for tex mex including grilled whole red snapper
          Cuban corner
          Urban BBQ for BBQ
          Silver Diner
          Bagel city
          Plus Hooters, Millers Rockville Tavern, Fridays, original pancake house, Cheesecake Factory, chillis,

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            1. re: lawhound

              Well, it is good for breakfast but otherwise, I agree with your comment. And Hooters? Really? Fridays? Really? Original Pancake House? Really? Chilis? Really? Cheesecake Factory? Really?

              1. re: Just Visiting

                I like the silver diner especially with their newer healthier menu. I included the chains for historical reasons since he was looking for inexpensive options

          1. Crisp and Juicy across from Haverty's furniture on Rockville Pike. Chicken, Rice and Beans - get the hot sauce which isn't that hot. We moved two years ago and it's the one thing we really crave.

            Also Thai Farm which is kind of hidden in the back of King Farm in an office building.

            Uncle Julio's is just an extra exit up 270. Quite the experience if you don't have one. Great fajitas, frozen sangria to die for and I am quite find of their Camarones Brochettes; shrimp wrapped in bacon.

            1. Two terrific Peruvian restaurants. La Limena is more casual, in a strip shopping center, and less expensive. Food is great!

              La Canela in the Rockville Town Center. Lovely decor, fantastic food. Somewhat broader menu, more expensive but still reasonable.

              Mykonos Grill. Very good Greek food, fantastic fish and seafood. Check menu online as it can be a bit pricey for the fresh fish.

              1. Rolls n Rice on Rockville Pike. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is great and they're very friendly. There's a menu online, but there are many more options not listed there.

                1. On my last few visits, aside from non-stop Chinese with my parents, we've stopped by Cava Mezze with friends. We've had some delicious and well prepared meals here. It's in a funny location (to me) in Rockville.


                  1. Clydes Tower Oaks Lodge
                    Founding Farmers

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                    1. re: wysguymd

                      Sorry to say that Founding Farmers is absolutely lousy. I don't know how they stay in business. Maybe the people who live in that pseudo-town are too tired to cook and it is just across the street....

                      This particular Clydes location is the weakest of the entire chain.

                      1. re: Just Visiting

                        I disagree. Founding Farmers is not terrific, but I would not say that it was "lousy." Tower Oaks Lodge is hardly the weakest of the chain. The ambiance is fine; service is very good; and the food is consistent with the rest of the chain or is better. Have not been to all of Clyde's, but we regularly go to Tower Oaks.

                        1. re: skipper

                          Tower Oaks does regional American food just fine, but I'm with JV on Founding Farmers - I just don't get it. I've not had anything there that was better than "fine", and plenty of things I wish I hadn't ordered.

                          I can't imagine being in that shopping center and not walking past FF to go to Sugo.

                          1. re: DanielK

                            I've hit a few happy hours at Tower Oaks. Decent drink specials, cheese plates and the like. It's as nice a bar as you'll find in Rockville, but I would opt for dinner elsewhere.

                            Speaking of bars, my favorite in that area would be Hershey's in Washington Grove. Great divey atmosphere, cheapest drinks, best fried chicken and steamed shrimp around.

                          2. re: skipper

                            The FF in DC is very good for breakfast. I hear that it's overly trumped for other meals.