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Brunch in MD?

Can someone recommend a nice non-hotel brunch in suburban Maryland?

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  1. If you don't mind driving to Frederick, there's Family Meal (Bryan Voltaggio). Founding Farmers in Rockville is pretty good as well. Also in Rockville, Cava Mezze is excellent.

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      1. re: mazwe

        Family Meal is good but it is a haul and doesn't actually serve brunch. The hours are not posted on the website so the only way to even know when breakfast is available is to use the online reservation system.

        Founding Farmers is unbelievably lousy.

        Brunch in MoCo is a tough one. We've actually enjoyed Mon Ami Gabi though it is quite loud. However, the food was very good. BlackSalt on MacArthur is fantastic but pricey. Black's Bar and Kitchen also really good. Redwood really good.

        1. re: Just Visiting

          Obviously you've had a bad experience at Founding Farmers because I and many others disagree. Family meal serves breakfast until 11 and they switch to lunch at 11:30. The lunch menu contains a few breakfast for lunch dishes. It depends what you're looking for.

          1. re: mazwe

            I'm with JV. Four visits in at FF (it's 5 minutes from me) and I've found far more misses than hits. Sugo next door is much much better, though I have not tried their brunch.

            1. re: DanielK

              Daniel, is Sugo privately owned? Or are they chain affiliated? Do they have a full bar? Any dishes to recommend? Do you like it better than the Amici place up there?

              1. re: Pappy

                Sugo is owned by the owners of Cava Mezze. I recommend their pizzas.

                1. re: Pappy

                  Pappy, Sugo is a joint venture between the Cava team and the original owners of Mamma Lucia's. And it shows - the tone is really "Cava-Italian".

                  Pizzas and pastas have been very good. Have not hit a single bad dish on the vegetable list. The meats and seafoods are a little more hit-and-miss - stay with simple preparations of ingredients, and you're good. Once they start playing with unusual combinations or expensive ingredients, they miss more often.

              2. re: mazwe

                Yes, people disgree about virtually every restaurant and virtually every topic under the sun. I don't have the time to look up all the reviews on Founding Farmers and count how many are +/-. I can only report that six of us had six different dishes and only one was edible - the pancakes. Which were actually really good. The service was horrendous. Took forever to get menus. Forever to order. Food actually arrived in reasonable time but we had to keep begging for more coffee and then it took forever to get someone to bring it. We asked if they would just leave the pot. They refused, saying it wasn't allowed.

                I think people go there because there aren't a lot of options in that area. Same reason the Tower Oaks version of Clydes can get away with being mediocre at best. Limited competition.

                Sietsema says the downtown FF is gawdawful ... and that's supposed to be the better of the two. It got 1/2 star (poor).

          2. We ended up at Chef Geoff's on Rockville Pike. Food was quiet good. Service was PHENOMENAL. We will be going there for Thanksgiving. Thanks for all your comments. I've heard mixed reviews on FF.

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            1. re: Mallomar5110

              To each his own I guess. But let me say that over several brunches at CG's in Rockville, we have had to literally leave plates untouched. Omelets that couldn't be cut with a knife. Curry chicken that wouldn't be served at an English boarding school. Awful hash browns overloaded with green pepper. Etc. Horrible.

              I do think it's a pleasant place. They have nice table cloths, good service, and the boody marys aren't bad.

            2. Redwood isn't bad-- it has a small but decent buffet as well as some a la carte items. I like Black Market Bistro but they mostly don't take reservations.

              Paladar is offering brunch but I haven't tried it (and would not assume much about food quality there).

              1. One more thought on this...Benny's, a new and forgetable bar in the Cabin John Shopping center has 1/2 price burgers on Sundays. A pretty good burger too, with great fries, and about a half-dozen beers on tap. You could do worse.