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  1. Would you mind telling me your laurel and beltsville favorites? This place sounds awesome and I've never heard of it, makes me wonder what else I'm missing. --- [The following posts have been split into separate threads: Facci (Choirgirl21) Little Tavern (Joe H) Casey's Crab Company (Pool Boy) Dave's BBQ & Catering (Justin Bittner) Ranazul (porcupine) Seoulia (nelumbo)]
  2. I've only been to this Korean restaurant twice. It is in a small strip mall on Rhode Island Ave just a few blocks north of the intersection with Rt. 1 in Beltsville. Seoulia seems to specialize in soups and casseroles. There are some tables that have inset grills for bbq, but most of the other diners seem to chose dishes that involve tabletop burners with bubbling pots of stew/soup/casserole. On the first visit, I had the soondubu jjigae (soft tofu stew), which was spicy and pretty flavorful. On the second trip, we had both the seafood and kimchi pancakes and also some bulgogi. The bulgogi was pretty standard, but the pancakes were both quite good, containing various forms of squid, shrimp, and such. I definitely intend to come back and try some of the casserole/stew dishes that seem most popular with the Korean clientele.
  3. I've been meaning to try out Manila Mart since the Tim Carman review in the Post last year, and finally made it there for lunch today. Manila Mart is tucked away in a shopping center just off of Rt 1 a block north of Behnke's, in between the Korean duo of Gah RhaBreakm and Da Rae Won. Manila Mart is a Filipino market, with a few small aisles of shelf goods, plus a tiny produce section and I think some refrigerated cases along the side. In back, however, is a hot food counter with a small kitchen and a handful of tables for diners. A handwritten sign behind the counter lists the regular menu items and daily specials. The counter includes multiple vats of meats in variously colored sauces, a warming case with several types of cooked fishes and pork, pre-portioned noodle dishes, a pile of bbq skewers, and an array of desserts. About half of the desserts were labeled, the rest of the food was unlabeled, but they were happy to explain what each one was. I got a pancit bihon - vermicelli rice noodles with a mild flavor topped with chicken and veggies, $5.50 - and a halo halo for dessert, $5. The halo halo has shaved ice with various beans, chunks of colored jellies, flan, and something that may have been rice based, with evaporated milk poured over and a scoop of ube (purple yam) ice cream on top. The other meat dishes (mostly chicken and pork from what I could tell) would probably have been more adventurous choices in terms of flavor - I'll have to try that next time, along with the cassava pie. They have a facebook page and instagram that note when special dishes are available. It looks like they may also offer Filipino breakfast on Sunday mornings.
  4. Kliman has listed this place in his chats recently. Spit-roasted pork sounded like a good idea today, so I stopped in for lunch. Yia Yia's is a smallish place, and somewhat awkardly laid out. You order at a counter, and then shuffle around being in everyone's way for 10 minutes or so until your order is ready. There are several tables as well, although it looked as though the food was still delivered in takeout containers. The menu is succinct. There are 3 options for gyro: chicken, pork, and beef+lamb, all roasting on vertical spits behind the counter. The pork looked the best of the three today, and that's what I chose. The pork was well-seasoned, and as promised, there were plenty of pleasantly charred crispy bits, along with more tender pieces. The sandwich was served on thick, soft, pita with a healthy schmear of tzatziki and a small handful of chopped tomatoes and onions. It's definitely filling, though the hand cut fries I saw people munching on may be worth a try on a return visit. If you're in a hurry for lunch, it may be a good idea to call in your order ahead of time, as there seemed to be a good bit of confusion expediting the orders, and had I not remained visible while waiting, I think my order would've taken much longer to come out. Anyone else in DR-land stopped in here?
  5. I've driven past Swahili Village on Rt 1 in Beltsville more times than I can count, and finally got around to trying it out. Swahili Village specializes in Kenyan cuisine, which seems to have quite a bit of Indian influence. The menu has a number of familiar Indian dishes, such as samosas, curry, and mango lassi. There are also quite a few goat dishes - goat stew, grilled goat, wet fry goat, as well as beef, chicken, and fish. There is only one vegetarian main dish, which is based on either red beans or lentils in coconut milk. We tried the appetizer platter, which has bhajia (thin ruffle cut potatoes battered and fried), samosas, and mild sausages. The samosas were mostly meat inside (ground beef) and were quite spicy. The sausages were vaguely reminiscent of kielbasa. I had the goat stew, which had chunks of bone-in goat in a lightly seasoned sauce. The goat was tender and nicely cooked, the sauce was quite mild. This came with the choice of two sides, for which I picked plantains (standard fried treatment of plantains) and cabbage with onions, which seemed to have been sauteed as a simple presentation. Some of the fish dishes on the menu looked interesting, and may bear future investigation. I think the traditional method of eating is without utensils, and there were a few tables in the restaurant that chose to eat with their hands. When we arrived at quarter to 7, most of the tables were empty, but it was pretty well packed by 7:30 on a weeknight. Note that they are moving to a new space just a few blocks up on Rhode Island Ave, in the shopping center with Seoulia, sometime this winter.
  6. Kay and I were in the mood for something and a beer for dinner. Driving home from Dino, our first choice was Mongolian BBQ in Bethesda, a favorite guilty pleasure. It was closed. Strike 2 was sergios palce in Wheaton as it just didn't seem appealing as it was dead empty. As we drove past SP I thought about Myong Dong in Beltsville. It was closed as well! I remembered that there was another Korean restaurant up Rt.1 and we went in search. We arrived to the strip mall and saw Gahn Ram (I am not sure if that is the name) but we also saw another Korean restaurant. The lot in front of the latter place was jammed so we decided to go in and see what was up. The place was jammed and folk looked like they were chowing down on some huge plates of really good looking food. We saw several platters of chicken wings in what looked like black bean sauce and some huge platters piled high with fried man doo. It all looked good. We got the menu and saw some noodle and some cooked dishes. On the last page, under the heading of "crab chae" was a dish listed as hot and cold dishes with spicy mustard sauce (there were no dish names in English!). We ordered that along with a plate of tofu in spicy sauce. While waiting for the food to arrive, drinking a Kite beer and nibbling on excellent kim chee, yellow daikon pickle, raw onions with some black pasty dipping sauce and incredible daikon raddish in red pepper (I thinks its called something like Kaktugi but I am positive I am butchering it... Grover or someone else help me out!), we heard some loud pounding noise from the kitchen. Kay wondered who was getting beaten up! But I could see thru a frosted window that the chef was hand pulling noodles so we ordered a bowl of noodles in black bean sauce. The crab chae dish (Number 40) was a huge platter of ingredients finely chopped into shreds: omelet, scallions, carrots, cukes, covered with thin rice noodle. There were good small shrimp too. This was all around a stir fry of onion, bean sprouts and other good stuff. Underneath were bits of celery, sea cucumber (I think) and more. We stirred it and the waitress showed us how to drizzle a little of the mustard sauce on it. It was heavenly. The mustard is hellishly hot and sinus clearing. There were a few points where I had to stop for air. The Tofu was a good stir fry of tofu with baby corn, peppers, carrots in a slightly sweetish sauce that was not really spicy. After a bit we got our noodles. Firm, chewy, tick noodles in a gloppy black sauce filled with a few bits of potatoes, stewed onion and a few pieces of meat. It was insane!!! We ate till we were stuffed, and then ate some more. We finally saw the wisdom of restraint and stopped, but then said what the hell, lets eat some more. We stopped before involuntary burps and other gaseous emissions would begin! We got the bill and with our 4 beers, and half the food boxed up to go, it was $58.00. The waitress explained that it was a Korean style Chinese restaurant. The first dish is described on the bill as Yanghangpi The tofu was MaPa tofu but unlike any Mapo tofu I have ever had (but really good indeed!). The noodles were Darae Jajang. We will be back. I suspect that 8 folk could have 3 noodles dishes, the Yanghangpi, the wings, another cooked dish or two and be stuffed for under $100 before beer! Da Rae Won 301-931-7878 5013 Garrett Avenue Beltsville MD about a mile north of Rt212 on Rt 1. About 3 blocks north of Behnke's Nursery.
  7. I can't compare Pho 88 to the other contenders, but I can say without a doubt that Pho 88 has quickly reached the top of my Beltsville area dining guide and deserves its own thread! --- [How's that!
  8. 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?
  9. I saw a thread for this place in the dining section, but nothing for the wine shop itself. So far it seems promising in terms of selection and pricing, but I've only been twice so can't say too much just yet. Website In any event, I wanted to share that they're currently trying to get rid of some overstock and are offering all of their dry roses for $1 over cost. I went today and bought nearly a case. Haven't had most of the wines so can't speak to the choices although I am pretty excited about the Alexander Valley and Linden roses. Obviously bottles that are cheaper to start are marked down less, but with some of the wines it was a rather large savings ($14.99 bottles for $9-11 for instance). I'm not sure it's worth a long drive, but for anyone in the area looking to stock up on wine for the summer, it's worth dropping in.
  10. Just one lousy "L" away from immortality in the Suggestive Restaurant Names Hall Of Fame.
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