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Best Restaurants around Hyattsville, MD

guzelsu Nov 1, 2013 01:15 PM

Just moved to Hyattsville area and looking for interesting new places to eat. Indian, Ethiopian, Korean, Thai, Middle Eastern, and South American recs especially needed. Thanks!

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    dcish RE: guzelsu Nov 1, 2013 03:52 PM

    Close by in Langely Park- Woodlands for South Indian food (amazing weekend buffet with Dosas) and Samantha's for Mexican/Salvadoran.

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      Steve RE: guzelsu Nov 1, 2013 04:02 PM

      In Hyattsville, check out Taqueria La Placita for tacos al pastor.

      And please report back!

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        rachelcp RE: guzelsu Nov 2, 2013 07:38 AM

        Franklin's is not any of those, but I frequented it when in grad school at UMD and enjoyed it.

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          lawhound RE: rachelcp Nov 4, 2013 08:25 AM

          Franklin's is solid. (Or was -- has been 3-4 years since last visit.)

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            4X4 RE: lawhound Nov 4, 2013 09:44 AM

            It still is, and the menu and food have improved in the last couple of years.

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          Mer_Made RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 04:11 AM

          Tiffin's on University Blvd for Indian. Sardi's on Rt. 1 in Laurel for Peruvian chicken. Seoulia and Da Rae Won in Beltsville are good bets for Korean food.

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            guzelsu RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 06:15 AM

            Thanks for the recommendation for Taqueria La Placita -- that was an excellent authentic taco experience.

            We ate at Shagga's Ethiopian on Friday night -- excellent food. Very slow service but there are only two waitresses.

            Also had a burger at Hank's -- not bad.

            Thanks for the recommendations -- will definitely try the Indian suggestions.

            We ordered Thai food from Aroy Thai -- I was not impressed. Hoping someone will recommend a great Thai delivery place.

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              Steve RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 07:01 AM

              Glad you liked La Placita. You spent some time in LA, right?

              That's a pretty big 'thumbs up' on your part....

              'Slow service Ethiopian' is redundant around this area.

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              guzelsu RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 07:06 AM

              Lived in LA for 6 years so finding good Mexican is hard for me.

              1. monkeyrotica RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 10:00 AM

                For Korean, you'll have to head up to Beltsville. Da Rae Won for noodles, Seoulia for soups, Myoung Dong for everything else, particularly the fried chicken.

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                  guzelsu RE: monkeyrotica Nov 4, 2013 11:10 AM

                  Thanks, that is specific and very helpful.

                  Anyone have a Middle Eastern or Turkish recommendation in the area? I am already missing having Meze and Agora within walking distance of me in DC.

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                    monkeyrotica RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 11:46 AM

                    The closest you'll find to Turkish in Hyattsville will be Greek: Marathon Deli, YiaYia, Gyromania. The Turkish mezze is all downtown, upscale, or both. Cava Mezze is a local chain and not too expensive. Closest would probably be Barracks Row where you'll also find Ambar, which does Serbian mezze at a slightly higher price point.

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                      Mer_Made RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 11:57 AM

                      Maybe Food Factory Kabob House in College Park for Middle Eastern? It's been ages since I've eaten there, so I don't know what the quality is.

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                        guzelsu RE: Mer_Made Nov 4, 2013 12:06 PM

                        That was my fear. Without a good Turkish place nearby, I fear I will have to start making my own dolma and pide. That's a lot time in the kitchen.

                        Food Factory only has 3.5 stars on yelp. Not encouraging. But I'll try it and report back. Ah, to be only a few blocks from the Sacrificial Lamb in DC.

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                        4X4 RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 12:10 PM

                        I occasionally go to New Deal Cafe for live music. They have Mediterranean food and I think the owners are Lebanese. I've never been very impressed by their food, but I've heard it's recently gotten better. It might be worth a visit just to see Old Greenbelt (not many dining options there, but nice great public library and old movie theater.)


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                          4X4 RE: guzelsu Nov 4, 2013 12:13 PM

                          There are three chain middle eastern places in College Park: Roti, Krazi Kebob and Garbanzo. Go to Marathon Deli for excellent gyros and souvlaki.

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                            guzelsu RE: 4X4 Nov 4, 2013 12:21 PM

                            Has anyone eaten at King Kong Restaurant? -- it's got good reviews but very few of them. Looking to replace my standby Szechuan Pavilion in Farragut North which serves basic americanized chinese fare. Good if you are looking for an afternoon coma.

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                          guzelsu RE: monkeyrotica Nov 18, 2013 01:17 PM

                          Tried Seoulia on Friday night. We had the bbq -- it was an immense amount of meat. The sides were fabulous. Not the best Korean bbq meat I have ever had, but for $20/person it was definitely decent. Thanks for the recommendation.

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                          lawhound RE: guzelsu Nov 5, 2013 05:29 AM

                          Have heard good things about Busboys and Poets, but have not been.

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                            monkeyrotica RE: lawhound Nov 5, 2013 05:59 AM

                            I have. Unless you need to eat vegan/vegetarian, Franklin's has better food/service.

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