Laurel Restaurants

Curry Leaf

13919 Baltimore Avenue, Unit #4,
Laurel, MD 20707
301-497-2017

Indian


 

$$
$15.99
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Saravan "Sam" Krishnan may have cooked at all-vegetarian Udupi Palace for 15 years, but it seems that he knows his tandoori-grilled meats too. At his new post, Krishnan still makes an excellent dosa or vegetable curry. But the carnivorous specialties of northern India — like excellent spice-rubbed lamb chops — are often just as good as the south Indian specialties the chef brought with him from Udupi when it closed last year.
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2 Stars (7/31/2013)
"[T]he tranquil Curry Leaf in Laurel" has "a fresh spread of more than a dozen dishes" on the buffet. "The spice agent behind this food is Saravan “Sam” Krishnan, best known in the area for his Indian cooking at Udupi Palace (now closed) in Takoma Park." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Curry Leaf is in Laurel, far from the vital center or even any sustaining pocket. Yet it attracts crowds nightly, a testament to the consistency and quality of chef Sam Krishnan’s cuisine, as well as to an audience that doesn’t seem to care if it turns up a good lamb korma in a setting suited for a diplomat or, as in this case, a faceless strip mall. While all the usual suspects are here (butter chicken, palak paneer), it’s the obscurities … that give the place its culinary character. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"On my very short list of restaurants to try in Laurel, Curry Leaf has gotten good reviews, uses only Halal meats, and specializes in South Indian cuisine."

Sardi's

13600 Baltimore Ave.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-725-0333

Chicken
Peruvian

 

$
$7.95
 

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This chain of Peruvian chicken joints has some of the best pollo a la brasa around. Its popularity means the chicken doesn't have time to sit around, so it's usually fresh.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/1/2014)
After numerous visits to the Takoma Park location, I feel confident in saying that this Sardi’s outlet produces some of the best Peruvian chicken around — and some of the most inconsistent. See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"A busy restaurant isn’t always a sign that a restaurant is good. In the case of pollo a la brasa, however, the surest indication that you’re in for a terrific meal is a line stretching to the door. What that high volume ensures is that the chickens don’t have time to sit in warming ovens, becoming dry. You can be sure Sardi’s will be swarmed when you arrive, no matter the time of day, which means you can also be sure that a bird will be plucked off the spit while you wait, hot and dripping with juice and carved to order in front of you. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Negril

331 Montrose Ave.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-498-0808

Jamaican


 

$
$8.15
 

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This local mini-chain features cheap, tasty Jamaican food with excellent baked patties and curried chicken.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/30/2006)
This outdated review notes "soulful renditions of sweet-spicy jerk chicken, robust oxtail stew, and other Jamaican specialties at these friendly, order-at-the-counter dining rooms." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Dirt cheap, T-shirt casual, down-home Jamaican, try anything baked (patties, cakes) or curried chicken."

Silver Diner

14550 Baltimore Ave.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-604-6995

American
Diner

 

$
$13.99
 

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Silver diner is a local chain which, at first glance, looks like a soulless national one. Yet these retro-looking diners offer a seasonal menu featuring local ingredients and a host of healthful choices.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Silver Diner isn’t your average diner. The drinks list includes a number of local beers and wines, the quality of ingredients has spiked dramatically with the commitment in recent years to more local produce and meat, and the kitchens work with a surprisingly light hand. This is far from the greasy spoon you might have presumed…. Yes, service can drag, and the ten-page menu has more than a few potholes…, but then you take a chance on an unexpectedly juicy bison burger with pesto, goat cheese, and red peppers and all (well, almost all) is forgiven. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Pasta Plus

209 Gorman Ave.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-498-5100

Italian


 

$
$15.00
 

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Pasta Plus has been around seemingly forever. It endures thanks to dependable versions of staple red-sauce Italian dishes.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2010)
The Washington Post Reviews Pasta Plus' carryout market, located next to the restaurant. See Full Review…»
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Unrated (3/25/2008)
"Well-done, well-priced Italian standards such as mozzarella en carozza, eggplant Parmesan, and lasagna." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"This was *the* go-to restaurant in Prince George's County in the late 1980s, with great dishes including fresh pasta, recent reports say it's still good."
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:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
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 (*).