Wheaton Restaurants

Ruan Thai

11407 Amherst Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-942-0075

Thai


 

$
$14.95
 

★★½

Exceptional Value

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Don Rockwell
 
The family-owned Ruan Thai is a small restaurant that's been going strong since 1998 . The fried watercress with shrimp, squid and cashews is a consistent standout dish, but it's by no means the only star on the menu. As a general rule, the more Thai sounding the dish, the better here.
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2.5 Stars (10/18/2009)
"Some of the best Thai food in the area is staged in a narrow, mint-green room in Wheaton, with little beyond a wall hanging or two to dress up the place." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 64 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"At this strip-mall Thai joint, you can pretty much close your eyes and point at the vast menu and there’s a good chance you’ll wind up with something wondrous. Frying is at a level far above other Thai restaurants (and other restaurants in general). The famed yum watercress salad—with its crispy bits of greens, shrimp, squid, cashew, and shallot tossed with spicy lime juice—tastes like a fritto misto gone Southeast Asian. Yum pla korb ramps up shards of crunchy fish with scallions, lemongrass, and lime. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Consistently good, very inexpensive, with many entrees under $10, locals love it here."

Thai Taste by Kob

(inside Hung Phat market)
11315 Fern St.
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-942-0288

Thai


 

$
$12.99
 

★★

Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Phak Duangchandr's this tiny restaurant inside Hung Phat market specializes in Thai street food with nearly everything made from scratch, with soup bases, pastes, and vinegars prepared each morning.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (9/4/2014)
"The menu here is vast and sometimes difficult to interpret. … Don’t fret about assembling the perfect meal. You’ll find authentic touches in almost all of the dishes, which range from the familiar to the previously unknown." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 25 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Kob is the nickname of chef Phak Duangchandr—and trust us, the woman has earned the right to emblazon her name out front. This is Thai food for Thais, and if you’re accustomed to a sweeter, more Americanized brand, the effect will be as bracing as downing a shot of grappa on an empty stomach. You can expect the flavors to be more pungent than you’re probably used to, almost certainly sharper and more defined, and Kob isn’t afraid to bring the heat." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Mi La Cay

2409 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-929-2822

Vietnamese


 

$
$8.95
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Mi La Cay is dependable for big bowls of pho and other soups like one with beef and egg noodles in a rich, spicy broth (M9 on the menu). However, it's also recently added a first-rate banh mi to the menu.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"In this era of abbreviated communications, here’s one to remember: M9. That’s the designation on the menu at this quick Vietnamese cafe for a gigantic bowl of egg-noodle soup. Don’t bother with the thin strips of beef massed near the top—this is not about the meat. It’s not even about the tangle of egg noodles, which have great spring. It’s about the broth, a tongue-coatingly rich extraction of beef fortified with dried shrimp. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Ren's Ramen

11403 Amherst Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-693-0806

Japanese
Ramen

 

$
$10.25
 

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Excellent Value

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Ren's has been serving its Sapporo-style ramen since well before the soup became trendy. It's still one of the most dependable places to find it in the area.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (10/16/2011)
"There are a mere four bowls to consider - three based on pork broth and one featuring seaweed stock - although a customer can accessorize a meal with boiled egg and bamboo shoots, among other additions." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (8/18/2013) — Cheap Eats 2013
"The ramen, with robust pork broths, can be had with soy sauce, salt, or—our favorite—miso. Accoutrements such as roast pork and bean sprouts are standard; we like to add a softly boiled egg, too." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Authentic Sapporo-style ramen, excellent noodles, stewed fatty pork worth the $3.50 upcharge, broth is a bit unctuous (buttery) for my tastes, cash only, expect to pay over $15 a bowl with tax and tip."

Max's Kosher Café

2319 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-949-6297

Delicatessen
Jewish

 

$
$11.95
 

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Good Value

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Max's is an average deli with some of the area's best falafel. There's also a good shawarma and dependable chicken soup.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/31/2007)
"Hamburgers and deli sandwiches are strong sellers. But a more interesting attraction is Max's Goes Middle Eastern, an Israeli-style, build-your-own falafel and shawarma counter." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (7/18/2007)
"Good falafel is hard to find, which is why the falafel ($5.95) here is such a revelation—tender inside, lightly crusted outside, and so well spiced that it makes you forget all the jawbreaker patties that have gone before." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Incredible falafel, decent shawarma, good chicken soup, cafeteria setting."

Full Key

2227 University Blvd.
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-933-8388

Chinese


 

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$13.95
 

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Good Value

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This Cantonese restaurant is known for its soups and congee. Washingtonian highlighted its shrimp dumpling soup as one of its Best "Cheap Eats" 2014. This Full Key is not related to the restaurants of the same name in DC and VA.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Regulars know that the soy-sauce chicken, roast duck, and roast pork that hang enticingly in the glass case here sell out fast on weekends, so it’s best to call ahead to reserve orders to eat in or take out. But all is not lost if you don’t snag a taste of those delicacies—the long menu at this snug Chinese dining room has other lures. …" 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:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ 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 (*).