Silver Spring, MD/ DC area
I'm headed for Silver Spring, MD for a couple of days. Suggestions on where to eat. Not oposed to taking the Metro to D.C. if need be.
I've enjoyed Abol for Ethiopian cuisine, a specialty in this area. 8626 Colesville Rd.
Kao Thai is enjoyable, too. 8650 Colesville Rd.
Ray's the Steaks, on the same block, is pretty good for a burger at the bar, although I don't find it as mind-blowing as some do.
Jackie's Sidebar is solid for cocktails. 8081 Georgia Ave.
The Quarry House, next door, has an excellent bourbon and craft/foreign beer selection.
Lebanese Taverna Cafe has a very nice "muzat" braised lamb shank. 933 Ellsworth Dr.
Ray's the Steaks is now "The Classics". The $23 bar special, where you can get a soup or salad, along with an aged prime-grade hanger steak with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, is a STEAL.
I think that Addis Ababa is better than Abol for Ethiopian. And check out the just opened Urban Butcher for great cocktails, house-made charcuterie, and other goodies.
The bandeja (sampling platter) at Cubano's is great. Make sure to ask for both dipping sauces: the mojo and the cilantro aioli.
You can head up to Wheaton (about 10 minutes from Silver Spring) and get some of the best thai food in the area at Ruan or Nava. At Ruan, make sure to get the Yum Watercress as an appetizer, and at Nava, the Floating Market Soup for an entree.