Germantown Restaurants

Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean BBQ

19743 Frederick Road
Germantown, MD 20876
301-972-2436

Korean


 

$$
$16.99
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
These barbecue joints are extremely popular, especially the 24/7 original Annandale location. They're nearly always packed as a result, even in the small hours when Korean teens over run the place. The popularity is well deserved. Sure, everyone will tell you about a place they like better than Honey Pig. But this local chain seems to always be the basis of the comparison.
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2 Stars (10/17/2010)
"… [I]f you go with a group of thrill-seekers and know what to order, this 24-hour hot spot is one of the most entertaining barbecues around. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Smoky meat barbecued Korean-style is the obsession at these K-pop-blaring 24-7 hot spots, as evidenced by the vivid photos of various cuts covering the walls at each location. Meaty beef ribs, spicy pork belly, and thinly sliced bulgogi are the classic choices, but it’s worth branching out for slices of prime rib and boneless pork neck. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Annandale has a boisterous 24/7 scene with metallic tables and decent barbecue, often a young crowd late at night."

Bonchon

19775 Frederick Rd.
Germantown, MD 20876
240-396-5800

Korean
Chicken

 

$
$12.50
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Bonchon is regarded by most in the area as the top purveyor of the "other KFC" (Korean fried chicken). The twice-fried chicken comes in a choice of spicy or sweet sesame garlic sauce and at some locations you may need to wait as long as 30 minutes for an order.
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Unrated (8/1/2013)
"In an era when many grow impatient when forced to sit still for 0.49 second as Google spits out search results, the BonChon Chicken chain is a kind of a giant chill pill, asking customers to wait 30 minutes or more for fried wings and drumettes. Allow me to repeat that: BonChon often forces you to wait a half-hour (or more!) for what is, essentially, the Korean version of Buffalo wings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… At Bonchon, you’ll encounter … a symphony of relentless crunching. That’s how ridiculously crispy the chain’s Korean twice-fried chicken is, even—it defies culinary logic—when doused in sticky-sweet garlic-soy glaze. The famed birds are the number-one reason to visit (or to call for carryout, though waits can stretch to an hour-plus), but some locations such as Arlington, Centreville, and Navy Yard serve well-made cock-tails and a short list of starters, too. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Sabai Sabai Simply Thai

19847 Century Blvd.
Germantown, MD 20874
301-528-1400

Thai


 

$
$13.95
 

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Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
The family behind this Thai restaurant has been in the business for years. After selling the family business a number of years ago, they grew restless and decided to open a new place that was more authentic than what was then available. The result is a restaurant with a two-part menu. The first page has most of the classics you've come to expect. The second is made up of lesser-known Thai street foods. Both are good, but the latter makes for a more interesting experience.
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2 Stars (4/17/2011)
"In addition to Thai classics … the menu has two other groups of offerings: street fare and vegetarian dishes." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Minus a few flourishes, owners Fred and CiCi Hart are true to the Thai eatery’s name, which translates to “relax, relax.” The large menu is split between two categories—classics and street fare—with bountiful vegetarian options, including the traditional (terrific chive-stuffed dumplings) and the unorthodox (a dish called You Think It’s Duck Curry). That’s not to say avoid meats and seafood, whose quality shines. &hellip: See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"My first visit here was the best Thai meal I'd had in years; my second visit was shockingly mediocre. One great cook?" See 2/18/2011 Review…»
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
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Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).