Nick’s Diner in Wheaton at the corner of University and Veirs Mill is a good diner.
A few others:
Ribs – the Lancaster County Dutch Market (Germantown) serves some of the best ribs ever. only open Th-F-Sat during the day.
Cajun – Louisiana Express in Bethesda
Chili – Hard Times Cafe. Cincinnatti 3 way for me.
BBQ – toss up, Red hot and blue or Famous Daves.
Diner – this is tough as most didn’t survive, and what’s left is touristy and expensive. Try the Tastee in Bethesda.
Seafood – Try a Cameron’s location.
Fried Chicken – try Red Rooster in Damascus
Soup – Pho 75, North Rockville
Greek – Ambrosia, South Rockville
Kabob – Caspian House of Kabob, Germantown
Burgers – Five Guys.
Subs (italian cold cut) – Try Ollie’s in Twinbrook/Rockville. They aren’t the monsters found at some of the true "roadfood" places, but they are tasty.
Pizza – Guiseppes. Easy.
Bakery – Royal Bakery and Deli in Germantown – Boars Head brand, great bagels and some attitude.
Deli sandwiches – Parkway.
Every other possible sandwich – Roy’s Place in Gaithersburg
Ice Cream – Jimmy Cone in Damascus (yeah, Cold Stone Creamery is ‘richer’ and all – but Jimmy Cone is a walk-up, no frills soft serve haven and a summer tradition.)
Since much of Montgomery County’s development is within the last 30 years, there hasn’t been much of a chance to have the kinds of entrenched places typically found on this board. There is, however, a slew of good ethnic choices, and if you like particular hispanic or indian or asian cuisines, you can find ‘roadfood’ values and intertesting places througout the county.
please try Attman’s Deli:
fantastic pastrami and brisket and jewish meats- a great old school deli, amazing freshly sliced giant barrel pickles, good dogs, this is coming from a born and raised on NY kosher deli guy from Brooklyn- Attman’s is great! enjoy- frank booth (not sure about their burgers, never had one, not sure that they have one…)
We lived in Frederick, MD for three years. The Village Restaurant served great tempura dishes (veggies, a fried salmon sandwich, etc.) and Tauraso’s for great Italian food. Never had burgers, we made them at home. If you like Indian food, try the Bombay Grill’s lunch buffet, it’s outstanding. For great crabcakes try the Tasting Room. This is not roadfood but is worth the trip.
My favorite place in Maryland is Urban Bar-B-Q. Check out their website at http://dcpages.com/cgi-bin/dcpdir/jump.cgi?ID=22363
They do have a burger on the menu, but my faves are the sausage plate and dh swears by the chicken wings which have a chili zing and are baked instead of fried.
If you get to the Eastern Shore of MD, head down to Easton to the Hanger Cafe at the Easton Airport. People actually fly in to have their burgers. Worth the trip. The rest of the menu is top-notch as well.
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I’d be up for this sometime…
There is a west coast chain – Hamburger Hamlet – with some east coast (including Maryland) locations that you might try. Go to http://www.hamburgerhamlet.com for addresses and directions. I had a burger at the Bethesda, MD location and it was very good – large, juicy and cooked to order (they grind their own beef, so they don’t mind serving it medium-rare).
For suggestions for pizza and subs in the Maryland ‘burbs, go to http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1363 . Although this thread’s topic refers to northern Virginia, there are also several suggestions for Montgomery County, too. Although I haven’t been to the Maryland locations mentioned, Giusseppe’s (sp?) in Rockville gets positive reviews from several posters.
There’s a deli in Silver Spring that serves decent (not wonderful…just decent) burgers. It’s Parkway Deli on Grubb Road. Off the beaten path a bit in a teensy little strip shopping center. Their burgers are served on kaiser rolls, which is all wrong in my mind…but it’s where I go when I must have a burger. They don’t serve them with onion, but if you ask for onion, you’ll get a thick, generous slice of sweet red onion. A nice touch. When you first enter Parkway Deli, you might think it’s just a counter-service deli. Walk straight back and you’ll find the restaurant area.
Mike, I’m originally from So Cal. Los Angeles/Riverside area. we’re going to be in Maryland (Montgomery County, Germantown area) for at least 4 years. I haven’t had a good burger since July ’04.
Sorry Bill, but there’s only so much crab/crab cakes a person can eat. I did eat it a lot when I first arrived. There’s a fabulous little cart/truck that sells fresh (and cheap!) crab off of the 355 in Germantown, but they’re out of season now.
Oh, and crab cakes are much more expensive than a burger. And not as tasty. Corn and tomatoes in place of a burger? Surely you jest. [|)]
Meozwart, thanks for the link. Hard Times Cafe is in Germantown as well, and they serve "okay" burgers. The fries are just barely edible, though.
Where in Calif.? I’m from Fresno now living in WVa.
Can’t speak for now, but when I was growing up there was a fabulous sub place on University Blvd west of Georgia Ave. in Wheaton and another one, named Chris’s Sub Base in Annapolis. Later, when I was in school in Baltimore, I lived on the output of Harry Little’s (which I know is still in business–my fave was the hamburger subs) and the (probably defunct) B & M sub shop (near the Johns Hopkins campus on upper Charles St.)
As for pizza, I can still taste what came out of the ovens of Villa Rosa in Silver Spring or, later, a little pizza joint also on University Blvd, but this time just east of Georgia Ave.
Deli back then mostly meant a trip to Hofberg’s or, later, Katz’s Kosher Market (in the old A&P building at Univeristy and Colesville Rd, then known as "Four Corners"). But Baltimore had the great Atman’s (still around I think) and numerous places on Reisterstown Rd. and Park Heights Ave. (there’s even a movie about this area: Liberty Heights by Barry Levinson: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165859/ )
I’m sure most of the places I remember are history, but I can’t believe this great tradition died along with the individual places.
Joanie, One place for pizza I’ve discovered that is very good is Giuseppe’s Pizza Plus at 199-L East Montgomery Ave in the Rockville Town Center. It’s Pittsburgh style, which to me means very fresh tasting crust and sauce. I make a detour there whenever I’m nearby.
If you’re free lunchtime on Sunday you may want to join Meowzart, Hungover Gourmet and myself for pizza and subs at the only decent place in Baltimore. E-mail me for details.
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