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Best Restaurants around Hyattsville, MD

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

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

      And please report back!

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

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        1. re: rachelcp

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

          1. re: lawhound

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

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: guzelsu

              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.

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

              1. 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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                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  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.

                  1. re: guzelsu

                    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.

                    1. re: guzelsu

                      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.

                      1. re: Mer_Made

                        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.

                      2. re: guzelsu

                        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.)


                        1. re: guzelsu

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

                          1. re: 4X4

                            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.

                        2. re: monkeyrotica

                          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.

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

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                          1. re: lawhound

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