Let me make a plug for the Silver Spring area. It’s a slightly rundown suburb that’s being revitalized by the Discovery Communications HQ and the AFI Silver theater. A ton of chain restaurants have opened in the new downtown area but if you want to come up for dinner and a movie, you can see a good show then walk a few blocks for a good non-chain dinner.
Crisfield for seafood. Classic place.
Half Moon BBQ, which serves very good BBQ and hosts country/rockabilly acts in an intimate performance space in the back.
The Quarry House, a basement bar & grill, a neighborhood institution with good food and a friendly atmosphere.
Tastee Diner, an old-fashioned diner open 24 hours. Not spectacular, but reliable.
Mi Rancho, decent Mexican.
Cubano’s, slightly upscale Cuban cuisine.
Oriental East, superb Chinese that does amazing dim sum on weekends.
Crisp & Juicy, good Peruvian rotisserie chicken.
Mayorga Coffee Roasters, next door to Crisfield, good for coffee and dessert, and also for their "loaded lattes" and flavored martinis.
A little farther away is El Gavilan, an excellent Tex-Mex/Salvadoran restaurant with amazingly low prices.
A bunch of new restaurants are opening soon, including one of my favorites, Mandalay, a Burmese place moving there from a small shop in College Park. Burmese food is a three-way cross between Indian, Chinese and Thai, and the prices are reasonable. When they finally open, go there for the mango salad.