Silver Spring Restaurants

Bete Ethiopian

811 Roeder Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-588-2225

Ethiopian


 

$
$13.95
 

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Bete is owner Teru Fentike's authentic Ethiopian restaurant with a nice patio in downtown Silver Spring. Be sure to get the kitfo, Africa's answer to steak tartare, and insist on having it raw, as intended.
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2 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"… Bete in Silver Spring won’t win any design or service awards. But the family-run establishment does some dishes so well, I’m willing to forgo comfort and attention for an hour or so in Addis Ababa. Order the equivalent of steak tartare, kitfo, and out comes a bowl of seasoned, butter-drenched chopped beef to rival any for miles. … Per custom, the food is eaten with floppy folds of injera, one of the world’s most practical utensils. If the weather is cooperating, eat on the shady rear patio, an accessory that gives Bete (“my house” in Amharic) a leafy edge over the competition." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Authentic Ethiopian, Open 7 Days for Breakfast at 9AM, Ethiopian Coffee Service, Vegan offerings."

Urban Butcher

8226 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-585-5800

Steak


 

$$
$22.86
 

★★

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As the name suggests, the core of the menu at this restaurant attached to a butcher shop is meat. Charcuterie and pate are made in house and everything is butchered on site. There are also a handful of seafood offerings, but this is primarily a place for beef, pork, and lamb.
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2 Stars (3/19/2014)
"There are steaks, no surprise. … Meat dominates at Urban Butcher, but you should feel free to stray from it. … But don’t roam just anywhere." See Full Review…»
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No. 83 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"A decade ago, the only time you ever saw charcuterie was in a French bistro. Now curing meats has become one of the ways talented chefs demonstrate their chops. This combination butcher shop/restaurant from Raynold Mendizabal has emerged as one of the area’s foremost destinations to sample the art—take a bite of coppa or bresaola from one of his marvelous boards and you’ll have tasted more flavor than some restaurants can pack into an entire meal. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A charcuterie-based, butcher-and-beer cafe, focused on house-cured meats, pâtés, etc."

NaiNai’s Noodle & Dumpling Bar

1200 East-West Hwy.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-585-6678

Chinese


 

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$11.95
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
NaiNai means grandmother in Mandarin, but the vibe here is far more Chipotle than grandma's house. Still, with bowls of excellent, handmade noodles, and above average dumplings, it's a great place for a cheap, satisfying meal if you're in the neighborhood.
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2 Stars (10/9/2014) — Cheap Eats 2016
"NaiNai’s Noodle & Dumpling Bar is so cannily conceived that you might find yourself wondering whether you’ve walked into a chain.…But—surprise—this is a standalone, at least for now. The bigger surprise? That it minds the details often enough to rise above its streamlined structure and deliver some soulfulness on the cheap. Noodle bowls are the thing to get…. These are the genuine article, hand-rolled and hand-pulled, with exactly the heft and chew you hope for. And the kitchen is generally smart about dressing them.…Each comes with a small tray of snacks that change regularly&hellip.The dumplings are good, not great, but even a good, not great dumpling is a pretty wonderful thing." See Full Review…»
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Mandalay

930 Bonifant St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-585-0500

Burmese


 

$$
$15.99
 

★★

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The Myint family's Mandalay restaurant specializes in the cuisine of Burma (now called Myanmar). Rather than focus on any one region, it offers a mix of dishes from the sea to the mountains, using fresh ingredients and recipes handed down for generations. The restaurant is truly a family affair and each day you'll likely find siblings Joe and Aung Myint greeting patrons in the dining room, while their mom — the former chef at the sorely-missed Burma in DC — runs the kitchen.
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2 Stars (12/5/2004)
"… The cooking of Burma, a country about the size of Texas, is shaped by its neighbors, borrowing noodles and bean curd from China, and spices including cumin, coriander seeds and curry leaves from India. Instead of salt, the Burmese repertoire relies on fermented shrimp and fish pastes, just as Thai cooking does. What comes to the table, then, is familiar to fans of Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian menus, but also different. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"One of our favorite antioxidant boosts is this Burmese restaurant’s green-tea-leaf salad. With a toss of cabbage, crisped yellow split peas, fried garlic, and fermented green-tea leaves, the dish is a riot of funk, flavor, and crunch. Cabbage-based salads are a big part of this cuisine. Two other good ones: a salad made with fresh ginger and a version with gram-flour fritters. Simple curries and noodle dishes round out the menu. Pork with pickled-mango curry has an appealing tart finish, while onion curries—we like the chicken-and-squash and the eggplant—are soothing comfort food.…" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"The Myint family's popular Burmese restaurant has closed its ambitious second location in DC's Shaw neighborhood."

Sergio's Ristorante

8727 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-585-1040

Italian


 

$$
$16.69
 

★★

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Apparently, if you want your restaurant to fly under the radar, you should open it in a hotel in suburban Washington. Owner Sergio Toni has run this place since 1982 (he changed the name to Sergio's in 1989), offering a traditional menu of dependable favorites. Are there more sophisticated Italian restaurants in the DC area? Sure. But this may be the place that reminds you most specifically why you love Italian food in the first place.
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2 Stars (2/8/2004)
"Given its location in the underbelly of a chain hotel in Silver Spring, it's hardly surprising that Sergio's has a low profile among Washington-area restaurants; even a hungry passerby would have trouble finding it. Owner Sergio's Toni, a native of Rome who purchased the Italian restaurant in the Hilton basement in 1982 and changed its name to his own in 1989, has never been the subject of widespread restaurant buzz. So the discovery of this casual spot for delicate veal and fresh pasta dishes comes as an unexpected pleasure. Better still, it's only a few steps away from a new artistic landmark: the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/18/2006)
"The unexpected is what makes life sing. And finding a restaurant like Sergio's on the ground floor of the Hilton is worth an oratorio. Part of what makes the place fun is owner Sergio Toni, a Roman who quips and charms his way through the dining room decorated with architectural drawings and a wall mural. The kitchen holds up its end with authentic Roman and regional Italian dishes. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Lifelong restaurateur Sergio Toni, once the Maitre d' at Cantina d'Italia, has run this fine Italian stalwart for several decades, homemade pastas."

Samantha's

631 University Blvd E
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-445-7300

Latin American


 

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$16.80
 

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Although the menu has dishes from all over the Spanish-speaking world, this is primarily a Salvadoran-Mexican restaurant. The vibe is family-friendly and the entrees substantial.
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Unrated (2/19/2010)
At this kid-friendly restaurant, "[p]arents can sup on Mexican, Salvadoran and South American dishes such as carne asado, pollo saltado and yucca con chicharron." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Lomo saltado, that mash-up of seared steak, French fries, peppers, and onions with a side of rice, is typically made with chewy, cheap cuts of beef. This cheerful pan-Latin eatery memorably elevates the dish with tenderloin tips and an abundance of savory, gravy-like sauce (great for dunking those fries). … Like most entrées, it’s big enough to share. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Good, family-owned Salvadoran-Mexican, comfortable dining room, well-prepared dishes."

Crisfield

8012 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-589-1306

Seafood


 

$$
$25.00
 

★★

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Crisfield has been around seemingly forever. It remains a popular destination for seafood thanks to crowd-pleasing dishes like crab-stuffed rockfish.
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Unrated (7/29/2009)
"The tiled walls and old-time lunch counter set the tone for this crab cake: the ultimate blue-plate special. Made with local backfin crab, the cakes are seasoned lightly with Old Bay, green pepper, onion and a bit of cracker meal, then deep-fried." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (3/25/2008)
"Lined with beer steins, photos of local personalities, and antique oyster plates, this fish house hasn’t changed in more than six decades." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Popular after all these years for a reason: it's still great. Get the crab-stuffed rockfish if they have it, one of the greatest dishes of my 2012."

The Classics

(formerly Ray's the Classics)
8606 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-588-7297

American
Steak

 

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$27.63
 

★★

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Elliott Rattley and Nick Lopata purchased the former Ray's the Classics from their former employer, Michael Landrum, a few years back. They dropped Ray from the name, but have largely kept everything else the same.
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1.5 Stars (5/15/2014) — 2014 Spring Dining Guide
"Welcome to the poor man’s Morton’s, the Ruth’s Chris for folks who want a good steak dinner without the froufrou or the three-digit tabs. … The original restaurant was never flashy, nor was it intended to be, but the spare dining rooms definitely show signs of wear and tear" See Full Review…»
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2.5 Stars (1/25/2013) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
The Classics' "spare dining room is loud and has a Deco air" and, while "[f]rills are few and service can be rushed" it serves "some of the most flavorful rib eyes and New York strips in town, and at bargain basement prices." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Elliott Rattner and Nick Lopata purchase this Silver Spring gem from their employer, Michael Landrum, the quality should be maintained."

Pupuseria Doña Azucena

8728 Piney Branch Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-434-4230

Salvadoran


 

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$7.44
 

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These cheap, overstuffed papusas are some of the best in the DC area. There are five locations in Virginia and Maryland.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Heavily filled, inexpensive pupusas that some feel are the best in the entire DC area."

Crisp & Juicy

1314 East West Hwy.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-563-6666

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…»

Crisp & Juicy

3800 International Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20906
301-598-3333

Chicken
Peruvian

 

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$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
 

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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

9328 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
240-450-4177

Bagels


 

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$8.14
 

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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
 
Italic — Recommended
"DC's best bagels, certified Kosher."

Negril

965 Thayer Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-585-3000

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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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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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Dirt cheap, T-shirt casual, down-home Jamaican, try anything baked (patties, cakes) or curried chicken."

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

962 Wayne Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-588-7383

Pizza


 

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$9.00
 

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This local mini-chain has four locations featuring New Haven-style pizza by the slice or as whole pies. We think that the whole, freshly-made pies are better. Try the New Haven or the Arugula (to which they'll gladly add prosciutto on request).
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2 Stars (10/16/2011)
In the 2011 Fall Dining Guide, critic Tom Sietsema checks back in at the original location "to discover what I had been missing: puffed rims, nice char, snappy crust," noting his fondness for both the white clam and the fennel sausage and broccoli rabe pies. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2012) — 100 Cheap Eats 2012
"Consistently well-wrought pies, salads, and pastas make this local chain a favorite …, but New Haven specialties in particular … white pizza with clams … tomato pie drizzled with sweet olive oil … show off the excellent ingredients and detail-focused kitchen." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Quality-driven pizzas, best ordered by the slice, good ingredients and caring owners."

Sweetgreen

8517 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-244-5402

Salads
Healthy

 

$
$9.90
 

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This rapidly-expanding local chain with locations in the DC area, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, offers healthy, good-quality salads. With its emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and calories posted on the menu, it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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Unrated (12/1/2007)
The last word from Washingtonian is this badly outdated review of the original Georgetown location. The chain has expanded up the East Coast and hosts a yearly music festival. But it still follows the same basic format: salads and yogurt, featuring local ingredients and numerous toppings. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

El Catrachito

2408 University Blvd.
Silver Spring, MD 20783
301-946-1494

Honduran
Salvadoran
Mexican
 

$
$10.49
 

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The menu combines dishes from Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, but the Honduran ones are the best reason to come to El Catrachito (a nickname for a person from that country). These include Pasteles (deep fried beef, chicken, or vegetable turnovers similar to empanadas), Baleadas (flour tortillas with beans, egg, avocado, cheese, and a choice of beef or chicken), Tacos Hondurenos (rolled, deep fried corn tortillas stuffed with chicken), and Tajadas (fried plantains, served a number of ways).
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Unrated (6/19/2014)
"… [E]very time I visit I learn something new about Honduran cuisine and its inverted, minor-key variations on Latino cooking in the Americas. Like so many restaurants run by Central Americans in our region, El Catrachito (the diminutive of “catrachos,” the nickname for Hondurans nicked from a victorious 19th-century general) feels the need to align itself with cuisines better known to Americans. Lopez has paired his native food with dishes from Mexico and El Salvador, which tells you something about the emerging mainstream status of Salvadoran cuisine. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"The aluminum facade, swivel stools, and Formica counter bring to mind an Edward Hopper diner. But the menu is an amalgam of Latino plates by way of Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. The Honduran fare is what keeps us coming back—in particular a dish called baleadas. It looks a little plain, just a tortilla folded over some filling. But oh, what filling—slice into it and you’ll find scrambled eggs, refried red beans, avocado, cheese, steak or chicken, and crema. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Kabob N Karahi

15521 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20905
301-879-0044

Pakistani
Indian

 

$
$12.50
 

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This counter-service Pakistani restaurant specializes in Kabobs and Karahi (duh!). The latter is a kind of spicy Indian/Pakistani stir fry, and the versions here are good. So are the kabobs, served atop saffron rice. For something different, try the daily specials, especially the kofta curry offered on Wednesdays.
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2 Stars (10/18/2009)
"Think of this halal establishment (no pork, no alcohol) in Silver Spring as a fast-food joint with high standards." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Karahi is one of the culinary thrills of Pakistani cuisine: Tender chunks of meat glistening with chili oil and tossed with slivers of ginger and garlic are stir-fried in an iron wok and brought to the table still sizzling. And the fiery versions at this counter-service spot—especially the lamb, bone-in chicken, goat, and kofta (ground beef) karahis—are everything they should be. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant

8301 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-589-6700

Ethiopian


 

$
$13.75
 

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Lucy, named for a Beatles song (or, rather, an Australopithecus fossil discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 that's named for a Beatles song), is one of the few good, authentic Ethiopian restaurants in Maryland. The menu also features kurt, hunks of raw, marinated beef, another relative rarity.
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Unrated (6/27/2013)
"… Lucy serves the freshest, richest kurt (also known as tere sega) I've ever had. The cool chunks of rib-eye easily yield to the bite, their buttery fat mixing with the dipping sauces (such as the chili pepper-based awaze) and powders (the mitmita spice blend) to provide contrasting delights. Go easy on the pale-green sauce that exudes a calm, cooling air; overload on it and your face will suddenly feel like that Nazi's at the end of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Named after the fossil hominid discovered in Ethiopia, Lucy does things a little differently than most of its competition. An appetizer of kitfo—the tartare-like raw beef—arrives in sandwich form, stuffed into a crusty baguette with lots of spiced butter. Another house specialty, giro giro, features red-wine-marinated morsels of tenderloin in a flame-lit pot, further ignited by green chilies. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Olazzo

8235 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-588-2540

Italian


 

$
$14.27
 

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This retro Italian restaurant features a menu of red sauce classics at good prices.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Flickering candles, dark wood, and vintage photos give these dining rooms a Mulberry Street vibe. The lineup of red-sauce plates fits the theme. This is the place to rediscover retro classics—a robust lasagna, linguine with sausage and melty peppers, or eggplant and veal Parmesans that are lightly sauced and dotted with cheese. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Bombay

(White Oak Shopping Center)
11229 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
301-593-7222

Indian


 

$
$14.95
 

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The menu and location in a mall suggest a very ordinary Indian restaurant. But there's a complexity to the dishes here that transcends the setting.
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Unrated (2/18/2005)
"… White Oak's Bombay is a surprise, and a welcome one. Not terribly pretty, though pleasant; not well advertised, not even particularly visible behind the Sears, Bombay is nevertheless a little haven of assured, complex and generous fare, and a fair bargain at that. Sauces are distinct, rich and layered, the result of obvious close attention. Meats are cooked slow enough to stay moist, and in mixed-meat dishes, such as the Bombay biryani, the lamb, chicken and shrimp had clearly been added one after another, so that the lamb was firm but the shrimp were tender. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (1/1/2008)
"… The predictable menu—tandoori chicken, lamb vindaloo, saag paneer (creamed spinach with cheese)—scarcely hints at the complex richness of the cooking. Some of the area’s best curries are a reminder that spicy means much more than heat. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Under new ownership and serving Halal meats, Bombay is worth another try after having gone downhill for a short while."

Jewel of India

10151 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20903
301-408-2200

Indian


 

$$
$16.89
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Jewel of India is the meatier, more stylish sibling of the all-vegetarian Woodlands restaurants. It's also one of the few restaurants where the whole menu is solid, though curries and seafood are where the kitchen really shines.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (4/29/2012)
"Jewel of India, from the owner of the vegetable-centered Woodlands in Langley Park … focuses, though not exclusively, on the cooking of northern India." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"It’s prettier than most suburban curry houses, with a stylish bar and a colorful, low-lit dining room. It’s prettier, too, on the plate—but that doesn’t mean much if the kitchen can’t keep pace with the atmospherics. This one, overseen by the folks behind the vegetarian stalwart Woodlands, can. The menu aims to balance traditional tastes and street foods, classical approaches and more contemporary ones, and has no demonstrable weak spots. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.
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 (*).