Rockville Restaurants

Peter Chang

20A Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-838-9188

Chinese


 

$$
$16.93
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Peter Chang became famous as much for his intense, nearly perfect Szechuan food as for his tendency to flee each restaurant where he cooked as soon as the word got out he was there. Now that he has his own chain, it's unlikely he'll run away. But it also means he's rarely, if ever, in the kitchen (it's rumored that you'll most likely find him at his Rockville outpost because he lives nearby). Regardless, Chang's restaurants — if not quite as ethereal — are still top-notch even when the owner is out.
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2.5 Stars (12/2/2015)
"The best neighborhood Chinese restaurant in Washington is just across the Potomac, in Arlington. Or so I thought after my maiden meal at Peter Chang, named for the onetime chef of the Chinese Embassy with a cultlike following. No other competitor comes close to the bar set by Peter Chang, which since opening in March has become home not only to some memorably numbing Sichuan dishes, but to service that’s the equal of the kitchen’s output. Then I ate at an even younger rival for my affection, in Rockville. That’s where Chang introduced his second area restaurant, also called Peter Chang, in April. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 74 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"The Szechuan master chef who inspired a Deadhead-like following as he hopscotched from restaurant to restaurant in the American South has settled down and built an empire. These two dining rooms represent his incursion into the DC market. Chang’s greatness is not in doubt, but with expansion comes a streamlined menu for easy replication and a fleet of chefs who lack his deftness. Will you taste the magic that turned Chang into a kind of culinary folk hero? Some nights yes, some nights no. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"IF (BIG IF) Chang is cooking, this will be the best Szechuan food you've ever had; if not, it can still be quite good."

Trapezaria

11 N. Washington St.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-339-8962

Greek


 

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$19.79
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Trapezaria features large plates of hearty, home style Greek food at fair prices. But the dishes here are a cut above the norm, thanks to a surprising level of refinement and an unexpectedly light touch.
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 78 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"In an unabashedly white-collar city like Washington, there aren’t a whole lot of blue-collar restaurants of worth—places with good food, moderate prices, and little pretense. The appeal of Trapezaria is that it occupies a point on the spectrum almost equidistant from fine dining and diner. Tablecloths grace the tables, but none of the plates that find their way to those tables is particularly pretty. And that’s as it should be—you’re here for rib-sticking satisfaction, not style. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Old-school, homestyle Greek, right in the heart of downtown Rockville, large portions and mostly gentle prices." See 9/1/2014 Review…»

Sichuan Jin River

(formerly Sichuan Pavilion)
410 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
240-403-7351

Chinese


 

$
$13.98
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Sichuan Jin River (formerly Sichuan Pavilion) features authentic Sichuan cooking and excellent house made Zhong dumplings. Skip the Americanized menu and ask for the Chinese one.
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Don Rockwell
 
3 Stars (1/25/2013) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
"With its voluminous menu (you want the Szechuan one, not the Chinese-American one) and low prices, the greatest rewards are to be had by bringing family or friends for a kind of DIY Chinese banquet." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Gutsy, authentic Sichuan cooking, homemade (and hand-formed) Zhong dumplings, separate authentic Chinese menu."

Matchbox

1699 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-816-0369

Pizza
Burgers

 

$
$15.00
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
The original Chinatown restaurant was called Matchbox because it is in a narrow, tall rowhouse that resembles one standing on its side. That restaurant has since expanded considerably and evolved into a chain with nine locations in four states, plus the District. But the formula and quality remain largely the same, at least as regards the pizzas and best-in-class miniburgers. A handful of entrees are also offered, but these are a bit more expensive than our price estimate and not what you should come here for anyway.
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2 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"Even though it has expanded from its original three-level location in Chinatown to embrace nearly a dozen same-named restaurants in the District and beyond, Matchbox retains many of its opening-day charms. A wood-stoked pizza oven tips off customers to one draw: thin-crusted pies that whisper of smoke. Servers sport black T-shirts printed with “3-6-9” on them, referencing the several ways you can ask for the signature juicy mini-burgers, heaped with Parmesan-dusted onion strings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2008)
"… What to get: Plates of mini-burgers—salt-and-peppery Angus patties topped with Gouda and pickles on buttered brioche; a calzonelike crust folded around layers of mozzarella, pepperoni, and spicy meatballs; apple-and-pear salad with Gorgonzola; brick-oven pizzas such as the fire-and-smoke, sausage-and-onion, and Matchbox meat varieties. … " See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

La Limeña

765-B Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20850
301-424-8066

Peruvian


 

$$
$18.95
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
This relatively plain strip mall restaurant delivers top-notch Peruvian specialties with an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients. The kitchen does a good job with all of its proteins (try the lomo saltado), but seafood is a particular strength. Regardless of how you go, ceviche is a good way to start.
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2 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"A little Peruvian, a touch Cuban, and all heart. If there’s one restaurant in Rockville that I wish were closer to Washington, this is it: a cheery 60-seat storefront that greets you with the fragrance of roast chicken and treats you like an honored guest. Foamy pisco sours and tangy seviche put me in a Lima state of mind; quenelles of mashed yuca stuffed with crab and tender beef steak smothered in onions suggest a night in Havana. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 87 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Sure, you can find a very good lomo saltado, that happy pileup of marinated tri-tip, onions, and tomatoes over a mound of French fries, and the pollo a la brasa is good, too, but do yourself a favor and suspend your meat-centered menu-gazing when you drop by Emma Perez’s strip-mall storefront. The measure of any good Peruvian restaurant—and this is one—is not in the meats; it’s in its preparations of seafood and potatoes. The best reason to come here is to sup on ceviches and tiraditos—bright, clean treatments of fish and shellfish cooked only with lime juice so as to emphasize the freshness and texture of the product. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Cava Mezze

9713 Traville Gateway Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-309-9090

Greek


 

$$
$19.41
 

★★

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Cava, which has branches in Virginia and Maryland, specializes in Greek classics reimagined as small plates. The food is consistently good and reasonably priced, and the setting sleek and modern. It’s no wonder that the restaurant is consistently packed.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/13/2009)
Tom Sietsema introduces Cava's Capitol Hill outpost in this outdated "First Bite' column. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 89 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Much has changed in the eight years since founders Ike Grigoropoulos and Ted Xenohristos and chef Dimitri Moshovitis built their original Rockville restaurant while living with family to afford the cost. The mezzeteria’s beloved dips now line Whole Foods’ shelves, while fast-casual spinoff Cava Mezze Grill has expanded to eight Washington locations and counting. Still, the lively, dark-wood restaurants—also in Clarendon and on Capitol Hill—maintain the warm feel of neighborhood joints, while the kitchen sends out rustic Greek hits." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

La Canela

141 Gibbs St.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-251-1550

Peruvian


 

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$21.57
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Family owned La Canela (which translates to 'cinnamon') was started in 2007 as an upscale version of the popular La Flor de la Canela in Gaithersburg. The original is now closed, but the offshoot is still going strong. It features some of the area's best Peruvian cooking, with a strong Spanish and Italian influence.
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2 Stars (10/16/2011)
"The more I dine at La Canela, the more I want to go to Peru. No, that's not a couple of pisco sours talking. Few other places in the world treat the potato with such affection." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (2/2/2011)
Rockville Dining Guide: "Chef/owner Lilian Clary’s plates are piled high, and the simplest offerings are usually the best." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Perhaps our area's best Peruvian restaurant, good, reliable cooking, homemade sauces."

Il Pizzico

15209 Frederick Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-309-0610

Italian


 

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$23.60
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef and owner Enzo Livia's classic, northern-Italian restaurant features a wide selection of house made pastas, plus several good meat and fish entrees.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2006)
"[T]he kind of place where the cooking takes you back to a time when eating Italian food meant eating Italian-American[.] … The short menu showcases simply and carefully prepared northern-Italian classics[.]" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Uncompromising, old-school Italian, home-made pastas are excellent, attentive service, wines could use some updating." See 1/15/2011 Review…»

Pho 75

771 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-309-8873

Vietnamese
Pho

 

$
$7.75
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This no-frills pho parlor is the one that started it all (the Rosslyn location is the original), and it's still our favorite. You may find pho as good elsewhere, but you won't find better.
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Unrated (Undated)
"…The steaming Vietnamese classic (pronounced FUH) is good on its own, better when a diner adds a few accents from the accompanying plate of licorice-like Thai basil, crisp bean sprouts, fiery jalapeno and fresh lime. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/11/2012) — 100 Cheap Eats 2012
Washingtonian notes that "these quick-serve shops remain the standard to this day—remarkable in a business predicated on change, especially considering the flood of competition." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Surely the best chain Pho in the DC area." See 1/15/2011 Review…»

Crisp & Juicy

1331-G Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-251-8833

Chicken
Peruvian

 

$
$8.10
 

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This local chain has some of the best-tasting Peruvian chicken in the area. The sides, though serviceable, aren't quite to the same standard.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (8/17/2007)
Washingtonian's outdated mini-review from its 2007 Cheap Eats issue, which pre-dates the Tenley location, notes that "this chicken joint turns out one of the tastiest birds around." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Arlington location has arguably the best-tasting Peruvian chicken in the DC area." See 3/6/2011 Review…»

Goldberg's New York Bagels

4824 Boiling Brook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852
301-816-9229

Bagels


 

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$8.14
 

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Don Rockwell
 
For a long while, this was one of the few places to get a decent bagel in the area. The offerings here probably won't impress a New Yorker, and the sandwiches tend to be a bit skimpy, but this is still one of the better places to go for a bagel and schmear.
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Don Rockwell
 

The Washington Post has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"DC's best bagels, certified Kosher."

China Bistro

(Mama's Dumplings)
755 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-294-0808

Chinese


 

$
$8.75
 

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China Bistro's Chinese name translates to "Mama's Dumplings." That's pretty much all you need to know about Rita Lee and Jian Tan's Rockville shop. The rest of the menu is well above average, but the house made dumplings, which are available with 16 different fillings, are the real star of the show.
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Unrated (9/14/2005)
"There are 102 items on the menu at China Bistro…. Typically, there are egg rolls and crab Rangoon as well as kung pao shrimp and General Tsao's chicken. But most of the people who drop by on weekdays or line up on weekends are interested only in items 38 to 45. 'Chinese people come here just for the dumplings,' says server Katie Zhang. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"China Bistro is the English name—the Mandarin characters on the sign out front mean “Mama’s Dumplings.” Not that you should expect Mama herself in the back, toiling over floured balls of dough: The name refers not to a maternal guru of the age-old craft but to the home-style character of the dumpling-making, which eschews elegance and lightness in favor of heartiness and chew. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Joe's Noodle House

1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-881-5518

Chinese


 

$
$10.95
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Although the menu has Korean, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Hunan dishes, this is a decidedly Szechuan kitchen. Those dishes, like Dry Sautéed Crispy Beef (specify "ma la"), are clearly the restaurant's strength, though the Mongolian Beef with Cumin (and American Chinese hybrid) comes highly recommended.
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2 Stars (10/19/2003)
"… [H]undreds of … dishes can be yours if you order from a counter in the rear, take a number sign to your table and wait for the goods to be delivered whenever they happen to be ready (if entrees arrive before appetizers, well, so it goes). Regulars pick up a paper menu at the front door and make their decisions before getting to the cashier-hostess; they know they can't miss with peanuts tossed with teensy fried baby smelt, pleasantly chewy baby conch laced with basil, squid matched with tangy cabbage and pungent garlic, or delectable, head-on "salty and crispy" shrimp. Ah, but then there are all the specials posted behind the counter, too! …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/9/2010)
"… The hundreds of choices at this brightly decorated dining room practically dare diners to try something new. The dishes are largely Szechuan, but the menu samples many cuisines, including Korean, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Hunan. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"One of our few good Chinese restaurants, this has perhaps the best Szechuan cooking."

Bob's Shanghai 66

305 N. Washington St.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-315-6668

Chinese


 

$
$12.50
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Like many places, this CASH ONLY Chinese restaurant has a massive menu. Unlike the rest, most of it is good, with solid options nearly everywhere. Regardless of what you get, don't forget the xao long bao soup dumplings.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (4/3/20114)
"The menu at Bob’s Shanghai 66 is your friend, your enemy, your torturer, your lover. The single-page, two-sided document speaks a language all its own — multiple languages, in fact, to the point that sometimes you have little idea of what to expect when you order." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… When it’s on—and lately it has been very on—Bob’s delivers this degree of effortless excellence across the board, in teeming bowls of delicately wrought soups that are best shared with a group, in the tender soup dumplings known as XLB (pierce the top and slurp the hot broth inside before eating), and in stir-fries without even a smidge of excess oil. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Bonchon

107 Gibbs St.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-637-9079

Korean
Chicken

 

$
$12.50
 

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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.

Pizza CS

1596 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
240-833-8090

Pizza


 

$
$12.50
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Owners Ankur Rajpara and Jonathan Allen set out to open a fun, relaxed, and authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. Clearly, they've hit their mark with Pizza CS (the initials stand for "come sempre" — "like always" in Italian). A handful of salads are offered, but the menu's focus is clearly the marquee offering, which is some of the best pizza in the area.
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2 Stars (11/4/2012)
"… The menu is concise, with just a handful of salads preceding the main event. Baby spinach tossed with pancetta, red onion and Gorgonzola dressing would be better if the mix weren’t served in a small metal bowl, just as the pizza would be easier to slice if the knives weren’t flimsy. None of this is on my mind when the pizza hits my tongue. One happy distraction, the beautifully charred Moto pizza, a white pie, combines petals of Brussels sprouts, pancetta and mozzarella. Another diversion is the simple, satisfying margherita, notable for its tangy tomato sauce and raised lip. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Very good pizza, Neapolitan in style, but the red-sauce (San Marzano) versions also have an appealing New York influence."

A&J

1319-C Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-251-7878

Chinese


 

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$13.00
 

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This CASH ONLY dim sum joint doesn't have carts and the staff isn't all that helpful. But there aren't many misses and nearly every dish is dirt cheap, so feel free to explore. Ordering is done sushi-style, with pencil and paper, but you don't need to order all at once.
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2 Stars (10/15/2006)
"The noise and wait at these sibling Chinese restaurants in Annandale and Rockville are offset by a long menu of small plates that runs the gamut from mild to wild. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"… There are no rolling carts (you pencil in your order on a paper list), no credit cards accepted, and definitely no frills, but the rewards are many and, even in the context of this list, stunningly cheap. You don’t come unless you’re prepared to embrace starches: flaky thousand-layer pancakes; long, crunchy-fried crullers; a strapping bowl of noodles with zesty ground pork and bean paste. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Interesting small plates, many from Shandong province."

Cuban Corner

(Saah Plaza)
825 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-279-0310

Cuban


 

$
$13.29
 

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You come to Cuban Corner for classic Cuban dishes and sandwiches served in a friendly atmosphere. The Cubano compares well to versions found in Miami, with good, well-crisped bread and moist roast pork. The strong, heavy cream laden, Cuban coffee is the real deal too, though it's more dessert than beverage.
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Unrated (5/26/2006)
"… The appetizers are good, especially the non-greasy fried ones, and on the filling side. … Meat is cooked through, as it traditionally is in all Spanish-based cuisines, and although this makes for tender beef and roast pork, chicken can be a little drier than Americans are used to…. The stewed chicken, in yellow rice (available for one, happily) or in tomato sauce with potatoes, are more in the comfort-food range. Cuban Corner still turns out hot cubanos on crusty baguettes, … plus a "special" cubano with sliced chorizo; one with pork, turkey, ham and American cheese; and versions with ropa vieja, steak and onions, chicken, etc. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2015)
"Cuban rhythms, straw hats, and painted island hues set the scene for this casual Cuban cafe. Food is old-style homey. Start with deep-fried beef- or cheese-and-olive-filled empanadas, then move on to one of the marvelous pork dishes. Puerco asado (roast pork) and masitas de puerco (fried morsels of pork with thin-sliced raw onions) are both worthy, but the showstopper is montuno Cubano, tender chunks of pork sautéed with green olives and onions. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"One of our area’s two best Cuban restaurants, Roast Pig on occasion, Cuban sandwiches, charming atmosphere."

China Jade

16805 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD 20855
301-963-1570

Chinese


 

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$13.95
 

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China Jade looks like every other strip mall Chinese restaurant and the menu doesn't immediately inform diners otherwise. But for dishes that are a cut above the norm, look for the Szechuan and Cantonese selections on the menu.
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"The menu at this no-frills restaurant is voluminous, covering Cantonese and Szechuan cuisines along with Chinese-American standards (think crab Rangoon) and more arcane finds (bullfrog with yellow chives—far more delicious than it sounds). But the dishes that keep us coming back are the chili-stoked Szechuan preparations …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Moa

12300 Wilkins Ave.
Rockville, MD 20852
301-881-8880

Korean


 

$
$13.99
 

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Moa may be located in an industrial park, but the scene inside is friendly and festive, with long wood tables and a menu of big, shareable dishes like bibimbap in several varieties. As expected, everything comes with a nice array of good panchan, the free little dishes that accompany a traditional Korean meal. To add to the fun, there are pitchers of a sangria-like cocktail made with soju and watermelon puree.
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Unrated (9/19/2013)
"… This two-year-old operation is, in a sense, an expression of devotion to one’s native cuisine. … After 30-plus years of watching her husband run Star Pizza on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, [Elisa] Choi decided it was time to launch her own place, where she would cook the food of her home country. Choi’s menu is so wide and deep it feels like an eruption, as if decades of pent-up Korean home-cooking energy were released in one volcano blast of appetizers, soups, noodle bowls, hot pots, rice dishes and other plates. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Usually the meat in bibim bap is the least interesting thing about this savory mix of rice, zucchini, carrots, slivers of seaweed, red-pepper paste, and soft-cooked egg. Not so when it comes to Moa’s short-rib rendition of the Korean comfort food, which nearly every table seems to be digging into. We may never be able to eat bibim bap any other way again. …" See Full Review…»
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Silver Diner

12276 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-770-2828

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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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.

Spice Xing

100-B Gibbs St.
Rockville, MD 20850
301-610-0303

Indian


 

$$
$15.86
 

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At this more affordable spin off of his acclaimed Passage to India, Sudhir Seth seeks a more casual vibe but not one that skimps on service. The kichen is loosened up a bit too, meaning that the menu is somewhat less traditional, mixing influences from all over the region.
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2.5 Stars (7/4/2010)
"… As its name suggests, Spice Xing weaves a number of accents into its menu, dishes that hint of Persia (lamb and apricot stew) or Portugal (balchao shrimp laced with chilies). Fans of Indian cuisine, which is my favorite, won't need their hands held, however. They can count on finding samosas, lamb roganjosh and tandoor-cooked chicken and fish: familiar territory. However, I'd seek advice on putting together a meal here …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Sudhir Seth is the man behind one of the area’s best Indian restaurants, Bethesda’s solemn, elegantly appointed Passage to India. This is his more affordable place, where he allows his kitchen to loosen up a bit. At both, the spicing in the gravies—witness the aromatic chicken nilgiri—is painstakingly conjured and complex. But here’s where you’ll find the kind of small plates you might crave after one too many Kingfishers …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Iron Age

1054 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-424-1474

Korean


 

$$
$22.50
 

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This Korean barbecue house has two all you can eat options, one for $20 with most of the standard meats and one for $25 with a few more exotic choices.
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Funds are low, but you’re in the mood for meat—a lot of it. What to do? Head to these slickly industrial all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue houses. For a set price, choose from a dozen cuts of beef and pork (we love the tender, juicy pork steak, thick-cut pork belly, and beef brisket). Lunch is the best deal ($16) and beers are cheap, too: $4 to $6. …" See Full Review…»
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