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  1. Zinburger has signed a lease to take over part of the space vacated by Oriental East in Silver Spring, joining District Taco: "District Taco Signs Lease for Space in the Blairs" by Mike Diegel on sourceofthespring.com
  2. If you have followed local sports for a fairly long time the name Steve Francis rings a bell. He grew up in this area, played 2 years of excellent JR college basketball and then one marvelous season at the University of MD, 1998-99 Following that season he was the 2nd choice in the NBA draft. He had several excellent seasons and then slowly succumbed to injuries and personal issues. At one point though probably stretching from that season at MD through about 5 years in the pros he was simply one of the more exciting dynamic basketball players or more narrowly guards in the NBA and the world. His athleticism was extraordinary and his game was accomplished Problems in his life emerged. He somewhat disappeared from public view. Here is his recent revelatory story of his life from selling drugs in his youth in Takoma Park to college, the NBA, and his life afterwards. It is remarkable: "I Got a Story To Tell" by Steve Francis on playerstribune.com
  3. One less BBQ option in the DMV: Lincoln's Bar-B-Que in Silver Spring has closed: "Lincoln's Bar-B-Que Has Closed" by David Lay on sourceofthespring.com
  4. Two local entrepreneurs have signed a letter of intent to lease 10,000 square feet of space for a brewery in downtown Silver Spring at 8401 Colesville Rd: https://www.sourceofthespring.com/local-entrepreneurs-plan-brewery-beer-garden-silver-spring/
  5. City Taste Asian Cuisine opens today at 930 Wayne Ave., in Downtown Silver Spring, featuring up to 50 percent off sushi rolls: https://www.sourceofthespring.com/city-taste-restaurant-opening-today/
  6. The first of three Second Sunday Markets from Fenton Street Market will kick off this Sunday, September 10 from 12-6 pm on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring: https://www.sourceofthespring.com/fenton-street-market-returns-to-downtown-silver-spring-sunday/
  7. Silver Spring's Velatis Caramels, one of the area's oldest businesses, recently turned 150: https://www.sourceofthespring.com/silver-spring-home-one-areas-oldest-businesses/
  8. Balagger, the Ethiopian place that went into the Jackie's space, appears to be open. They also have an outpost in Skyline. The owners of Balagger also opened a coffee shop called Ground where Sidebar used to be.
  9. This is definitely worth checking out. "NOAA's Science on a Sphere Upgrades to 4K" by David Lay on sourceofthespring.com
  10. Lina's Diner & Bar officially opens Tuesday in the former Piratz Tavern in Downtown Silver Spring: "The inspiration for Lina’s comes from his childhood experience going to a diner in New York City in the Meatpacking District that he said, “just blew my mind, it was such a cool place. You were seated next to transvestites, prostitutes, business people. It was open 24 hours a day. It was really kind of what I guess New York was in the 80s and 90s.” https://www.sourceofthespring.com/silver-springs-newest-restaurant-officially-opens-next-week/
  11. Silver Spring residents Mike Mowery and Mike Diegel have launched Source of the Spring, a news site to fill the void left by the Gazette: http://www.sourceofthespring.com/
  12. I went here last night. Definitely hipster/upscale Korean. They specialize in customizable bowls of bibimbap. Also serve Ssam but my spicy pork belly was dried out and not fun to eat whike the dolsot (hot stone bowl) bibimbap was delicious. We also had korean fried wings, scallion pancakes (pajeon) and mandu. They also serve great soju cocktails and house infused soju. They also have this amazing desert with house fried potato chips, honey butterscotch sauce and ice cream. Located in silver spring on sligo ave
  13. Arepas Pues joined the Downtown Silver Spring dining scene in April, replacing a Quiznos Sub on Fenton Street (next to Sushi Jin). After seeing some online reviews that seemed to show inconsistencies in both food and service, we decided to give them some time to iron out the kinks before we visited for the first time. Today, we gave in and decided to stop in for lunch. We stopped in during the middle of a quite busy lunch service. In addition to several groups and couples dining in, there was quite a bit of takeout orders being picked up. A good sign. Tajadas: Fried sweet plantains with salty cheese Empanada de Carne La de Pernil Arepa (foreground): Roasted pork shoulder, tomato slice, spicy sauce (the spicy sauce!!!) La Safrina Arepa (background): Chicken, mayonnaise, avocado, cheddar cheese - served cold, it was like a delicious chicken salad Sancocho de Cola: Oxtail soup slow-cooked with potatoes, cassava, green plantains, served with rice & avocados. My wife LOVED this - it reminded her of her mission trips to the Dominican Republic while in pre-med! We really enjoyed our lunch, and will definitely frequent them in the future. Arepas Pues 8555 Fenton St (next to Sushi Jin) Silver Spring, MD 20910 (240) 670-8020 | Facebook
  14. I remember New Hampshire Avenue at the intersection of Tanley Road being a two-lane road (one lane in each direction, not divided). Does anyone know when this changed? It must have been the mid-60s, because I distinctly remember that it was two lanes, but that's *all* I remember - merely the fact that it was.
  15. Dr. Jennifer Gerres, DPM is a Podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD. Full Disclosure: She's also my wife, but in my opinion, her training and experience speaks for itself: --- "Jennifer Gerres, DPM, is a 2010 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Gerres completed a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic in her native Cleveland, Ohio. During residency, Dr. Gerres served as Academics Coordinator, where she organized resident-run, weekly evidence-based medicine lectures concerning pertinent topics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. In addition, she supervised yearly research initiatives, to ensure that each resident published completed research, and that each resident presented at least one poster, lecture or manuscript at a national scientific meeting. Dr. Gerres also served as Adjunct Faculty at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, where she taught students in Surgical Pharmacology. A published researcher, seasoned presenter and former Jeopardy! contestant, Dr. Gerres combines an empathic, evidence-based approach to patient care." --- She, along with her colleague Dr. Howard Osterman, are Consultant Podiatrists to the Washington Wizards and Mystics basketball teams. On a personal note, she is also a Colon Cancer survivor, which in my opinion gives her added insight into the Patient Experience. Jennifer Gerres, DPM - Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic Website | Twitter | Book an Appointment via ZocDoc | Reviews 2 Office Locations: Washington, DC - I St 1720 I (Eye) St NW, Suite 402 (next to Bottom Line) Washington, DC 20006 (202) 331-9727 Silver Spring, MD - Fenton St 8630 Fenton St., Suite 1 (next to All Set Restaurant) Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 587-5666 Dr. Gerres is always accepting new patients. You can book an appointment via ZocDoc or contacting the offices directly. Regards, David Lay
  16. I'm really sorry to report this, and I titled the post in a way that shows maximum respect to Chef Johns and her family. Tyonne Johns, also known as "Chef Ty," former chef of The Carriage House in Adams Morgan, and owner of Chef Tyonne LLC, a catering business based in Silver Spring, was needlessly killed in an argument over virtually nothing: "Teen Stabs Caterer to Death in Va. Park" by Stephanie Ramirez on wusa9.com "Argument over Chairs Ends with Caterer Getting Stabbed" by Dennis Foley on wtop.com --- Jun 16, 2015 - "Ask an Entrepreneur - Tyonne Domonique Johns" on lionessmagazine.com The food was great, Chef Ty.
  17. I couldn't find a thread for La Malinche, the tapas restaurant on Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring, and it's not in Don's dining guide "“ so, I will start one! The place calls itself "Spanish and Mexican" tapas, and while it is certainly not as polished or refined as someplace like Jaleo, it fills the need for a quality neighborhood spot like this "“ I can't think of any other small plates place in downtown Silver Spring off the top of my head. That may be why it has lasted for over three years in an area that sometimes turns over non-chain restaurants pretty quickly, but I do think it is an above-average choice, particularly in one area (that I'll get to momentarily). I'll try and be comprehensive, since I'm starting the thread and have eaten there several times. I returned the other night for dinner, and the food was very good, but as is often the case with small plates, is not necessarily a great value at that time. We wanted to keep it relatively small, so we only ordered four tapas between the two of us "“ the basic patatas bravas, tortilla, and then the scallop and salmon preparations. The basic dishes are tasty, but not standout, although I will say that they are pretty generous with the potatoes for a tapas place (bigger than dishes I've had elsewhere for around the same price point). The fish dishes were very good "“ the fish seemed very fresh and well-cooked, and the sauces (a corn salsa for the scallops and a tequila sauce) were flavorful but not overwhelming. They did not ask how we wanted either dish cooked, which is probably more relevant for the salmon. I'll note that value proposition may come into question for some here "“ the fish dishes were each $10, with three medium-sized scallops and a relatively small piece of salmon (on top of purple potatoes and Brussel sprouts) "“ and that is certainly the path to a high bill at a tapas spot. On previous trips, I've enjoyed various other preparations, including both meat and veggie dishes, - I've never ordered anything that I disliked or had to turn back, though I also can't remember a standout dish either. Dinner is not where the restaurant thrives, in my opinion "“ it's in some of the value propositions they offer at various times. The happy hour is good "“ a collection of $3 and $6 tapas and $3 drinks, though limited to the bar only. They have a special $20 prix-fixe lunch (which includes 20+ choices, though if I recall some of the more pricey fish and meat dishes are not included), as well as an $30 prix-fixe brunch menu on weekends , including alcohol. While there are some other solid brunch offerings in Silver Spring, La Malinche is one of the only ones that offers that sort of deal "“ and considering the quality and variety of the choices (though the options may sway a bit more towards the lunch end of the spectrum, if I recall), as well as the included alcohol (which is mimosas and bloody Marys, but also sangrias and draft beers), you can certainly get more value than you might at standard lunch and dinner sittings. Anyway, wanted to finally put this place on the board here "“ Don, while I don't necessarily agree with everything about the dining guide order in Silver Spring (and I'd be happy to parse that with you elsewhere), I think you can safely put this place in the middle of the pack (non-italicized) until you or others have a chance to explore it and chime in.
  18. Helping a friend. She's looking for a place to go to brunch in suburban MD, somewhere in/between Silver Spring and Laurel (and probably willing to veer a bit east or west as needed). Nothing too fancy, but good food and where you do not need to feel rushed about. My only ideas are generally in DC (or Baltimore). Thoughts?
  19. Since this spot is allegedly opening next week, I figured I would start the thread since I didn't see one. If anyone with mod powers and better sense of board formatting wants to make edits to titles, etc., please feel free. Per Bethesda Magazine, the restaurant will be opening next week at the top of Downtown Silver Spring, in the old Macaroni Grille spot. As a resident who likes to frequent the neighborhood and ethnic joints, I'm excited for something new and original in the area, especially in such a high-traffic area and with what looks like a beautifully updated space. What I'm most curious about, personally, is how it will do. That area (literally, the "Downtown Silver Spring" complex run by Peterson) is a mix of international/national and local chains, for the most part. Silver Spring is not really a "dining destination" in the same way that many DC neighborhoods are, or in the same way that someone in Montgomery County would be used to more varied options in Bethesda or Rockville. AG Kitchen is the second restaurant with this concept (seems to be Latin-American fusion/comfort food), with the first in Manhattan, and opened by a "celebrity chef" who doesn't have any particular ties to the area. The reviews in New York are mixed, and though the menu is appealing to readers of a site like this, I question how much of the foot traffic to that area used to less challenging options via chain, will take the plunge to try a more complex menu (the menu on the website appears to be the New York menu from September 2014, so I question what specific dishes and price points will be in Silver Spring). I think that initial reviews will have to be strong - to give folks the sense that it is worth taking the plunge on, or even venturing from other parts of the county to try. I'm hoping for the best, as I'd love to see some of the middling options in that space replaced by some more interesting and adventurous restauranteurs.
  20. We dined at All Set for the first time a few weeks ago. I must confess that I am Friends with the Owner and Chef as well as one of the bartenders. Right at 5 pm on a Saturday, we had the Chick Peas Fries and some Oysters and Clams to start. The fries were good fresh tasting and accompanied by two dipping sauces. The oysters were Wellfleets and they were expertly served. Chef sent me a few others to try but I forget their name. Clams were ultra fresh tasting as well. The point here is the presentation. It doesn't get much better IMO. Care was taken with this. Well thought out and executed. We ordered the Salmon (Norway) and Short Ribs. Both were great. The Short Ribs were classic comfort and the Salmon was perfectly cooked. I really enjoyed the lentils with the salmon ( I was not sure I would). The point so far is that you can tell that they care about what they're putting out! Dessert: I forget exactly what it was. One lighter one with Olive oil vanilla ice cream? and one chocolate peanut butter slice of decadence. I believe the recipes for dessert were crafted by the former pastry chef at Volt. Bottom Line is that we were served fresh food with care in a beautiful and inventive setting. They are a young restaurant and an independent one as well. I would definitely recommend ALL SET to anyone. Even the kids menu is well thought out. Please pardon my lack of detail. Ooh! The bar serves up some fun drinks. I had a Perfect Storm and with dessert a "Grape Drink" the latter of which was my favorite of the two for its inventiveness.
  21. Attending the Preakness Stakes in Pimilco with family on Saturday. Looking for a post-race dinner at around 8:30 pm somewhere in the vicinity or on the way back to DC. Woodberry Kitchen is booked solid, as expected. I've never been to Mt. Washington Tavern or Nickel Taphouse. Ellicott City might be an option with Tersiguel's or the new Portalli's. But I'm a little concerned about whether French would be too upscale after spending all afternoon outside. I don't know much about Portalli's. I know parking anywhere in this area is difficult. Iron Bridge Wine Company would be nice, but it's a little out of the way and they don't have reservations available until much later at night. Something like the Kings Contrivance or the Elkridge Furnace Inn would probably be a little too stuffy for us. I've never been to G & M Restaurant, but it may be too casual on the other end of the spectrum. Any other ideas for some lively atmosphere or a somewhat historic setting near Pimilco or in a small town suburb not far from 295/95 on the way back to DC?
  22. Posting this for a friend... The Urban Winery is hiring! The Urban Winery is a boutique winery opening soon in Silver Spring crafting small batch vintages on-premises from the best growing regions in the US. The Urban Winery isn't just a commercial winery in an urban space though. It offers a tasting room and wine bar where guests can enjoy and learn about the wines and sample pairings of wine and food. Guests can also take wine classes and make their own wine under the direction of the winemaker. And the winery is available as an events space too. The Urban Winery is looking for people who are passionate about wine, the hospitality industry and customer service to join our team. We need: Sous Chef Servers Bar-backs If you're interested, send your resume and cover letter to Damon Callis, founder and winemaker at The Urban Winery: damon@theurbanwinery.com Full disclosure - While I have no direct financial interest in this business, my wife is working with Urban Winery on their branding.
  23. My niece and her four young, active, rowdy kids are visiting Washington DC for Spring Break. We want to get together Thursday evening. They are staying with another aunt in Silver Spring. At least nine people for dinner. So, we need a big table and fast service. NOT gourmet. I am partial to Pete's Apizza because the GM lives next door to me and also they have gluten free pizzas. Person who answered the phone at the Silver Spring location says that they are suitable for the parameters I describe, fast and lots of room, kid friendly. Any other suggestions?