After school or before a movie, uninformed diners may flock to the new establishments on glitzy Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring. Little do they know that one of the most colorful restaurants, with some of the best barbecue in the D.C. area is tucked a mere block away. The Half Moon Bar-B-Que on Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring is one of the few authentic barbecue restaurants in the region.
Americans like their food. More specifically, Americans like to eat out, spending an average of over $2,000 a year on food away from home. Three new, cafeteria-style Mexican restaurants in the metro area offer students a chance to put more money towards eating out.
The first pizza arrived in the United States in New York City in 1905 and immediately attracted a following within the Big Apple. The city of Chicago later emerged as a pizza- lover's haven; home of the deep-dish, a pizza with a flaky crust that rises an inch or more above the plate and surrounds deep piles of toppings. Down South, the cities of Dallas, Houston and Austin have also developed a distinct style of pizza that blends spicy chorizo sausage with hot peppers and flatbread crust. In recent years, a new style of pie has emerged on the West Cost; a pizza that is highlighted by fresh vegetable toppings, pesto sauce and goat cheese.
By instinct, you may be reluctant to poke your head into any restaurant located on a street with such an unappealing name as "Grubb Road." But at the Red Dog Café, the cuisine does not merit association with the unfortunate address and certainly deserves some attention.
People often catch a peculiarly-shaped red balloon in the corner of their eye while rushing along the busy streets of Wisconsin Avenue a few blocks away from the Bethesda Metro station. The red balloon is a well-known landmark and signature of the Japanese restaurant, Tako Grill. The grill is both a restaurant and a sake (Japanese rice wine) bar, and serves not only varied but also delectable Japanese cuisine.
The Four Corners area does not offer students much more than fast food and one or two small sit down restaurants. However, Fajita Coast, located where the old seafood restaurant Fred and Harry's used to be, is a sit down restaurant with fresh and appetizing lunch and dinner options.
The first greeting customers get at Momo Taro Sushi in Rockville is from a gold cat just inside the entrance that waves its left paw to all who enter. The next greeting patrons get comes from one of the hosts or hostesses, who graciously seat guests at a table or sushi bar. Larger groups can request more private, traditional style seating on the side of the restaurant, complete with cushions to kneel on.
A little slice of heaven lies amid the daily bustle of construction workers, shopping teens and harried mothers in Old Town Takoma at 6923 Laurel Ave. Although it's been there for years, Everyday Gourmet has the friendly staff and beautiful decor of a freshly opened café.
Cubano's, a relatively small Cuban restaurant in Silver Spring sits across the street from the well known Mi Rancho. The restaurant's size, cost, and proximity to the very popular Mi Rancho causes it to often be overlooked.
Not often does one find sixteen varieties of fresh oysters on the menu of a somewhat hidden restaurant in the middle of a busy town. At Black's Bar and Kitchen, these fresh oysters are only a fraction of the seafood options on the menu, and the rest is equally impressive. The bill may not be easy on the teen wallet, but it sure seems worth it when you're served some of the freshest seafood in town.
Over the past three decades Chinese food has taken its place alongside pizza and fast food as one of Americas favorite quick meals. Don't know what to eat? Just order Chinese! This degradation of Chinas cuisine has created a void of high quality sit-down restaurants. This cavity has been filled since 1987 by City Lights of China Restaurant, widely regarded by Washingtonians as the best Chinese in the city. A result of the restaurant's success in its original location in Dupont Circle allowed it to branch off into two new locations in Bethesda and Ronald Reagan Center food court.
Nestled inside the Rock Creek Shopping Center, three miles from downtown Silver Spring, the redDog Cafe offers a modern alternative to the typical family night out. Providing an extensive menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner options, the cafe attracts many couples and families.
Outside the rush of downtown Silver Spring and chain restaurants lies Addis Ababa, a traditional, culturally-decorated Ethiopian restaurant that provides great food and a great excuse to eat with your hands.
In 1958, in the heyday of the African American entertainment district that centered around U Street, Ben Ali and his wife Virginia opened not just a restaurant, but a piece of Washington D.C.'s vibrant history. During the riots that tore through the streets of downtown after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ben's Chili Bowl was the only place still open while the mobs stormed down the avenue. But Ben's has outlived that era, and while the neighborhood around it is slowly drifting towards urban renewal, it has thrived on two things alone: preservation and really good chili.
Bethesda is known for its many restaurants that attract people from around the area for its variety in food, price and location. One of Bethesda's well known eateries, located on Elm Street, is Cafe Deluxe. Named the "favorite neighborhood place" by the Washingtonian Magazine Reader's Survey, Cafe Deluxe has plenty to offer.
Nestled on the waterfront in Southwest DC, only a few blocks from the L'Enfant Plaza, Phillips Flagship offers a hearty meal, a casual atmosphere and views of both the Potomac and the Capital Yacht Club that serve as the perfect complement to the restaurant's offerings. The location is convenient to the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station, and its proximity to the Mall and many of the District's monuments and museums make Phillips the perfect place to dine after a day spent touring DC.
Woodlands, a "pure south Indian vegetarian restaurant” - as indicated by the glowing neon sign on one of its windows - lies tightly fitted into a corner of one of Gaithersburg's many strip-malls. A friendly looking comic figure just next to the restaurant's illuminated logo accurately predicts the restaurant environment.
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